Worldwide Spending on Servers, Power and Cooling, and Management/Administration
Customer spending ($B)
300 250 200 150 100
Server spending Management and administration — standalone servers Management and administration — virtual servers Power and cooling expense
Source: IDC, 2011
To date, most businesses have underinvested in systems management and automation tools relative to the investments that have been made in virtualization adoption. This means that many datacenters still employ manually intensive processes, including the integration of service management frameworks, resulting in g r e a t e r b u r d e n s o n s t a f f i n g , w h i c h i s a l r e a d y l i m i t e d i n e x p a n s i o n i n t h e c u r r e n t g l o b a l
recession. This manual intervention often means that systems are disconnected from business processes and the ability to adapt to change in response to the business is hampered. IDC expects that IT management costs will continue to rise significantly if customers don't improve automation capabilities for their virtualized environments.
CLOUD COMPUTING: THE NEW ERA OF IT
IT Options Driven by Business Requirements
Cloud computing is now evolving to more customized approaches for customers, depending on their needs. This has helped create the distinction between public cloud and private cloud computing solutions.
Today, multiple technology options are now available to CIOs. No longer is the technology infrastructure limited merely to servers deployed and managed in-house; now the infrastructure can be designed to run in a vendor's datacenter or with a