5 Must-read Cloud Computing Reports On The Future Of The Data Center

Computer Economics Report: Cloud Computing Saves 15% in IT Budgets

This paper will start the discussion for defining this new category and explaining how it fits into the IT marketplace. Creating Customer-Centric Data Centers That Are Agile, Efficient, and Secure with IBMs Data Center Services . Data Centers are powering a new and more demanding era of IT built to accommodate organizations growing reliance on mobile devices and applications, greater use of cloud-based applications, and use of data analytics to transform existing business processes. These datacenters should be highly automated and standardized, where applications and data will be deployed and provisioned on systems and in sites based on workload demands. Pervasive Technology Trends Shaping the Business and the Implications for Your Data Center . This IBM white paper describes the data center implications of cloud computing, mobile technologies, social collaboration, and business analytics. It also introduces you to the predictive tools and techniques that IBM is using to help companies build data center strategies that hold up in the face of such disruptive technologies. For businesses, the stakes couldnt be higher. Those whose data centers can flex and adapt will be in the best position to act and to capitalize on emerging technology trends and the leadership opportunities they bring. Data Center Knowledge Guide to Modular Data Centers . The data center infrastructure has evolved far beyond a centralized solution. Now, with cloud computing, more data demands, and distributed environmentsthere is a greater than ever need for agility. In creating a more flexible data center solution, organizations are seeing the direct benefits in working with modular designs.

The study came to the conclusion that these companies were on average able to save over 15 percent IT spending per user. The analysis notes that the savings made not only come from spending cuts in the data center, but also those related to IT staff. With these gains, companies using the cloud are able to devote a higher percentage of their IT spending on new projects, and less to support. These savings in costs associated with strategic benefits such as agility, speed, scalability and argue in favor of organizations moving aggressively to the cloud. The seven cloud user organizations that participated in this study include two manufacturing companies, a life sciences organization, a wholesale distributor, a systems integrator, and an online content provider.