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OnPATH Technologies says Data Centers will Go Green and Lean at the Physical Layer in 2009 IT Predictions

Green IT trends have been percolating, but 2009 will be the year they break through at the physical level, according to predictions released today by OnPATH Technologies, the leading provider of intelligent infrastructure switch solutions that enable companies to automate, monitor and virtualize their physical infrastructure layer. The company also forecasts asset utilization, the adoption of 8Gbps speed as a new standard, web as desktop and physical layer automation to be among the top strategic technology trends in the coming year.

Here is a complete look at OnPATH Technologies' predictions for the top tech trends of 2009:

Green IT: Firms continue to do more with smaller budgets. That includes staying within mandated power and cooling consumption requirements and finding solutions that use 5-10 times less power. Despite the reprieve from the power premiums of early 2008, pressure on power and cooling requirements at the network layer will drive IT managers to consider the inherent benefits of the physical layer.

Asset Utilization: Limited budgets will require more results from existing servers, storage, switches and network infrastructure. Reliability will come strongly into play and monitoring at the physical layer will become essential.

8Gbps speed sets the new standard: 8Gbps Fibre Channel allows data centers to optimize resource usage and enable more traffic with fewer cables, which improves IT efficiency, service delivery, power and cooling.

Web as desktop: Web-centric service delivery models should continue proliferating as convenience, mobility, availability and interoperability become the norm. The need to drive data faster and further distances will put the spotlight on the physical layer's ability to meet the challenge as virtualized and converged (FCoE) networks are utilized to provide performance for speed and distance.

Physical layer automation: The physical layer has been ignored as not 'game-changing.' IT managers will discover that the physical layer and the capabilities that automation brings will be a key development and will pave the way for the next generation of fully-functional, lights-out data centers.

"We believe more businesses will reexamine their data center physical layer hardware in the next 12 months, given the substantial cost, flexibility and performance benefits offered by a virtualized infrastructure," said Brian McCann, OnPATH Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. "The green movement is here to stay, and OnPATH is blazing the trail with innovative products that help data centers and test labs slash energy budgets while boosting reliability and efficiency."

Many data centers continue to operate inefficiently with aging equipment, despite the rising costs of downtime and disaster recovery and business continuance testing. Virtualizing the physical layer can alleviate all of these issues and help firms achieve significant green IT milestones, including the sustainability of legacy equipment in transition.

Published Monday, December 01, 2008 6:24 AM by David Marshall
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