Corporate data center will remain IT powerhouse in 2013

Roy Illsley/Ovum
05 Dec 2012

The sustainable data center market will see accelerated growth in 2013 as it becomes more focused on cost-savings, and provides more efficient internal IT delivery methods such as virtualization, software-defined networks (SDNs) and the use of converged infrastructure solutions (so-called cloud-in-a-box), according to Ovum.

In a new report, the independent technology analyst firm states that organizations are looking at getting the best value from their investments, and in 2013 they will therefore be more driven by the desire to reduce costs and improve sustainability.

“Due to the rise of the data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) market, now referred to as IT financial management, closely linked to the cost and availability of energy, the role of chief sustainability office (CSO) will become more commonplace in organizations,” Roy Illsley, Ovum principal analyst and author of the report, said.

Although a small market, DCIM will become more widely used in 2013, as its initial drives will be based on costs linked to energy and change.

Illsley adds: “As organizations look more into cost-saving, energy represents a huge percentage of the cost base.”

Development and operations (DevOps) will also be part of sustainable IT in 2013. As a broad topic, the movement needs organizations to adopt strong governance capabilities that mandate the adoption of agile processes for business benefit to ensure that best practices are followed across the development lifecycle.

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