Data Centers & Data Center Networking

The data center is the repository for an organization's computer systems, data, and related equipment.

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Predictions 2018: Automation Alters The Global Workforce

    Ten Key Developments In Automation Reshape The Industry In 2018

    November 9, 2017 Chris Gardner, J. P. Gownder, Craig Le Clair, Elinor Klavens, Joseph Blankenship, Tim Sheedy, Robert Stroud, Diego Lo Giudice

    Automation has been one of the most profound and disruptive forces in human history. The market for automation in many forms will accelerate faster in 2018 as firms look to squeeze performance and insights out of previously commodity operations. Companies that master automation will dominate their industries. This report outlines Forrester's 10 key predictions for the evolution of automation in 2018 and prescribes the optimal ways for Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to respond.

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    REPORT: The Software-Defined Data Center Comes Of Age

    Landscape: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook

    October 30, 2017 Richard Fichera, Chris Gardner

    Traditional data center thinking has ended. Better automation tools, container abstractions, software-defined networks (SDNs), and composable infrastructure have ushered in unprecedented abstraction, yielding the software-defined data center (SDDC). The impact of the SDDC is immense, offering an opportunity to integrate legacy architectures, cloud, and workload-centric architectures into a single automation domain. This report helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals understand this vision and defines the current state, opportunity, and emerging vendor landscape of the SDDC. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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    REPORT: Identify And Estimate The Costs Of Downtime On Your Business

    Don't Rely On Industry Averages — Determine Your Own

    October 12, 2017 Naveen Chhabra

    Technology infrastructure is hypercritical to the operations of any business, and downtime costs dearly. Infrastructure and operations professionals leading their firms’ business continuity (BC) efforts need to arrive at a downtime cost to help them build a business case and secure investments in building resilient infrastructure that delivers continuous operations. However, calculating the potential cost of downtime can be notoriously difficult; hence, BC leaders end up using industry averages that do not serve their company’s purpose — executives will see right through numbers that do not rightly represent the risks that the business faces. BC leaders can use Forrester’s cost of downtime calculator to identify the various risks and their associated costs to build a sound business case with the necessary justification for making the investment required to develop resiliency.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Data Resiliency Solutions, Q3 2017

    Vendors Have Immense Technology Innovation Potential To Help Optimize Operations For Enterprise Clients

    September 21, 2017 Naveen Chhabra

    In our 39-criteria evaluation of data resiliency solution providers, we identified the seven most significant vendors — Actifio, Commvault, Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE, now Micro Focus), IBM, Veeam Software, and Veritas Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals make the right choice.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Lead The I&O Software Revolution With Infrastructure-As-Code

    Strategic Plan: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook

    September 12, 2017 Chris Gardner, Richard Fichera

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals have always focused on delivering services at lower costs and ever-greater efficiency, but customer obsession requires innovation that enables top-line growth. The evolution and success of digital business models is leading I&O organizations to disrupt their traditional infrastructure models to pursue cloud strategies. I&O professionals and leaders must embrace a strategy that leverages what cloud and development/operations (DevOps) pioneers call "immutable infrastructure" — or, as Forrester recommends, "composable infrastructure."

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