Hardware Investment ContinuesBy Guy Currier | Posted 2011-12-07 Email Print
Baseline’s exclusive annual research study of midsize and large organizations reveals the 10 trends that will play a significant role in enterprises in the coming year.
Trend 10: Hardware Investment Continues
“One of the difficulties that we’ve had is rapid growth—not just student growth but data growth,” says Bob Diveley, executive director of operations and infrastructure at Columbus State University (CSU) of Columbus, Ga. “Rich media and those types of things were coming into play much more heavily than ever before.”
So CSU built out its hardware backbone, virtualizing and then deploying HP ProLiant servers within BladeSystem enclosures, along with storage-area networks (SANs) from HP StorageWorks—both for primary storage and as backup. Virtualization is an efficiency initiative, but it has often been accompanied by modernizing investments.
“We had begun virtualization about a year prior to investing in blades, but the blades investments were an obvious evolution to what we were doing,” says Mack Ragan, CSU’s senior manager of infrastructure services.
This is key to understanding the survey data that shows hardware infrastructure investment as a clear ongoing trend for 2012. It’s not so much that the number of organizations making significant deployments has gone up; it’s more that the number reducing deployments has gone down.
After a savings period brought on in part by virtualization—but also largely by the recession—increasing data usage and technology usage in general are driving new hardware infrastructure needs. Even with a modernized computing infrastructure, the continuing growth of data—not just in frequency but in depth—is a harbinger of further investment that will be needed. “Our future growth will be in the SAN area,” Diveley predicts.
For more, read Baseline's Top 10 Business Trends of 2012.