The Top 10 Trends and their impact, briefly include:
1. The evolution of virtualization: ... virtualization will ultimately drive more companies to treat IT [more] like a business. [Perhaps, but virtualization will more likely continue to change our idea of borders and boundaries, making them more virtual than real]
2. Big data, patterns and analytics: Unstructured data will grow some 80% over the course of the next five years, creating a huge IT challenge.
3. Energy efficiency and monitoring: The power issue has moved up the food corporate food chain.... An average x86 server that is turned on, but idle, will draw upward of 65% of its nameplate wattage, for example.
4. Context aware apps: ... context-based computing will go beyond the business intelligence applications and truly make a unified communications environment possible .
5. Staff retention and retraining: Loyalty to one company is not a quality found in new workers.
6. Social networks: Ignoring social networking is not an option
7. Consumerization: The key trend here is the fact that new application types will be developed to address mobile users but they won't be desktop replacement applications.
8. Compute per square foot: ... average server performance can move from today's paltry 7% to 12% average to 40% to 50%, yielding huge benefits in floor space and energy savings.
9. Cloud computing ...the biggest benefits of cloud computing are built-in elasticity and scalability.
10. Fabrics: Gartner defines this infrastructure convergence as: The vertical integration of server, storage, and network systems and components ...
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