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2016 Planning Guide for Data Center Modernization and Consolidation

Published: 02 October 2015

ID: G00281351

Analyst(s): Jim Burton , Angelina Troy , Tony Iams , Paul Delory , Simon Richard , Matthew Brisse , Alan Waite , Werner Zurcher


In 2016, IT organizations will leverage bimodal IT practices and the wider use of software-defined infrastructure to improve IT automation and better support hybrid and public cloud environments. These practices will lead to increased business agility and IT efficiency.

Table Of Contents

Data Center Modernization and Consolidation Trends

  • IT Organizations Will Accelerate Data Center Consolidation and Modernization
    • The Need for Bimodal IT
    • Data Center Trends
    • Networking Trends
    • Server Trends
    • Storage Trends
    • Trend Summary
    • Planning Considerations
  • IT Technology Silos Will Erode as Integrated Systems and Cloud Adoption Accelerate
    • Planning Considerations
  • IT Will Rely More on Software-Defined Approaches to Improve IT Agility and Automation
    • Software-Defined Data Center Trends
    • Software-Defined Networking Trends
    • Software-Defined Storage Trends
    • Software-Defined Compute Trends
    • Planning Considerations
  • IT Service Continuity Initiatives Will Augment IT DR Plans to Help Avoid IT Downtime
    • Planning Considerations

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