The Future of the Data Center is Murky

Is there anyone who can say with certainty what the next generation of enterprise data centers will look like? A recent Network World article, for example, handicaps the field of data center vendors, picking HP, IBM, Cisco and VMware as the odds-on favorites (where is Dell?). Given the move toward clouds and fabrics (in which computing, networking and storage are interconnected tightly), this group makes perfect sense for the enterprise. But Google and Amazon have charted a different course, eschewing specialized gear for commodity hardware and secret-sauce software. Which configuration will win out?…

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