Predictions Report

Server And Data Center Predictions For 2012

Continuation Of Old Trends And A Few Disruptions

February 6th, 2012
With contributors:
Christopher Voce , Lindsey Kempton


This report outlines Forrester's solution for infrastructure and operations executives working on data center infrastructure. This report is designed to help you build a road map for 2012. Looking at the remainder of 2012, the landscape is a combination of the familiar and the new. The drumbeat of new servers and new x86 CPU offerings will continue, with announcements from all of the major players. Forrester also expects to see the first commercialization ARM CPUs, which will offer additional options for energy-efficient processing. On the data center front, expect that the pressures on power-efficient operation will continue unabated, driving adoption of emerging data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software. Modular data center options will proliferate as entry prices decline and additional options appear. This report focuses on eight key predictions that I&O leaders should consider when planning for their server and data center infrastructure moves.

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