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Cisco’s Unified Computing System is garnering interest, but storage appears to be the focus of CIOs as they ponder the next generation data center and that’s good news for EMC and NetApp, according to a Goldman Sachs survey.

Goldman Sachs surveyed 100 IT executives at Fortune 1000 companies to get a read on their data center plans two to three years from now.

Among the takeaways:

Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) has found “a surprisingly receptive ear,” according to Goldman Sachs. Indeed, 18 percent are planning to evaluate Cisco’s UCS in the next 12 months, an impressive figure for a product that was announced a few weeks ago. Another two-thirds of IT execs say that they expect Cisco have a larger server presence over the next 2 to 3 years.

Among those surveyed, 18 percent said they will evaluate UCS in the next 12 months, 44 percent said no and 38 percent were unsure.

Cisco, HP and Dell were vendors expected to increase data center share, according to respondents. Sun and IBM are seen decreasing.

These charts tell the tale:


The next gen data center push is benefiting pure storage players. EMC and NetApp are seen gaining share in the next-gen data center. A key point: As tech giants try to further integrate hardware and software independent storage vendors NetApp and EMC are benefiting. Why? These vendors work with any architecture and they’re ahead on storage virtualization.

VMware is seen as the most strategic software vendor, but Microsoft has a better-than-expected finish. Meanwhile, Oracle got a mention as being strategic on the virtualization front.

The standings:

Cisco and Juniper defend switching turf. Goldman Sachs notes:

Despite the heightened activity in data center networking, including the launch of Juniper’s new high-end switching platform as well as HP’s ProCurve partner ecosystem, Cisco is expected to further extend its already sizable lead in the long-term. This is consistent with our IT Survey’s results pointing to share gains in the near term. Juniper also appears to be gaining traction in switching as our survey points to the company increasing its presence in the data center, with nearly 70% of the respondents citing share gains over next 2-3 years.

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Virtualization became a buzz word last year – and since then some things have grown beyond our wildest dreams while others have fallen short. Here’s what to expect in 2009.

Commentary by John Suit, FortiSphere – At VMWorld 2007, it felt like the dawn of a new era. Virtualization was taking off and the buzz was incredible. Free from economic crises and bailout drama, companies were playing with this new technology and touting their “big” implementations of 200 Virtual Machines (VMs) and growing VM infrastructures. Clouds were still fluffy and Hyper-V was “coming.” At the time, none of us would have guessed where we’d be today.

Here we are, just over a year later. Some things grew beyond our wildest dreams. Today, a 400-VM implementation is considered “moderate” and others fall short of expectations. At this holiday season, we can’t help but wonder what 2009 will present. Through conversations with firms of all sizes, it seems clear that 2009 will bring with it a set of interesting and sometimes divergent trends:

Expansion: Despite, or perhaps because of the imperative for IT to lower costs, virtualization will continue to grow in the datacenter as firms virtualize more and more applications. One of the few surefire techniques to cut floor space and power costs, virtualization will continue to deliver savings, meaning environments will grow from a few hundred VMs to a thousand by the end of the year.

Diversity: Multiple hypervisors, more operating systems and more actual platforms – from Solaris to mainframe – are entering the domain of virtualization. What used to be “your VMware environment” will become “your virtualized environment” encompassing all servers, storage and other resources associated with virtual resources.

Homogeneity: Ironically, the breadth and complexity of the environment is driving the need for more homogeneity in VM configurations. Once, having 60 “standard builds” was fine but 2009 will bring with it a strong desire to trim the varieties down to a manageable few.

Elasticity: The beauty of a VM is its ability to grow and shrink its resource utilization. In the next year, as cloud adoption picks up, the same elasticity will be applied to the datacenter, leveraging external resources when needed to pick up the extra workloads.

Optimization: This coming year, economic and budgetary concerns will impact virtualization groups as much as the rest of the IT staff. Managers will be asked to do more with less. The first step likely will be to evaluate how their current resources are being deployed and how they can reduce waste.

As 2008 comes to a close, another chapter in technology progress will end. The groundwork has been laid for a truly virtual datacenter and in 2009 we will continue to see innovative implementations that will have bigger impacts on an organization’s bottom line results.

By John Suit, FortiSphere

John Suit founded Fortisphere in 2006 and is responsible for developing the core technology behind the FortiSphere product suite. John has invented and launched many new products in the security space. He continues to advise the Department of Defense and Directorate of Central Intelligence in the areas of virtualization security and management as well as information operations.

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Industry observers say virtualization will enable staff to use their own devices at work, while keeping corporate data safe. Virtualization promises to usher in a new era of consumer technology in the workplace — potentially satisfying the demands of new workers from the Facebook generation who want to use more consumer hardware for work purposes.

Companies are expected to increasingly roll out technology to implement ’sandboxed’ virtual machines on staff’s personal laptops and mobile devices, allowing workers to choose the hardware they use to do their job, while keeping corporate data safe.

Such virtual machines can give staff access to their business applications and information, including the security protocols and software of the corporate system, and are completely isolated from the user’s physical machine.

The shift should help businesses cater to ‘millenials’ who a want to use their own technology — including iPhones and instant messaging — at work, according to a recent survey.

Clive Longbottom, service director for business-processes facilitation at analyst house Quocirca, said that both VMware, with VMware View, and Citrix, with its ICA application-server-system protocol, will be focusing on the technologies in 2009. “With the collapse in laptop prices and more people wanting to use their own machines, there will be a massive push towards this use of virtual desktops next year,” Longbottom said.

“The virtual desktop is completely sandboxed from the physical machine to the extent that you cannot even cut and paste between the two,” Longbottom said.

“Citrix wants to take it even further, with a virtual desktop on devices such as the iPhone or Nokia models, where you will be able to use them to access your work desktop and it will be repurposed for the mobile form factor,” Longbottom said.

Guy Bunker, chief scientist at Symantec, said the security company is also developing virtualization technology to allow consumer technology to be used at work.

“We are looking at a way of taking the virtualization of the end point and allowing workers to download a corporate virtual machine. Within that, you will have the corporate security stack and applications, but it will be completely isolated and sandboxed,” said Bunker.

“You will see this happening on laptops first before spreading to other devices,” he said.

Bunker said that such technology can also help consolidate software licensing costs by allowing the virtual machine to run applications held centrally, rather than on each user’s device.

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