The latest server sales tally indicates that higher end systems are increasingly looking like glorified PCs that will experience the same slowing growth picture in the future.
And the cloud is increasingly getting the blame. Cloud computing is to server sales what tablets are to the PC market.
IDC said that server sales fell 3.7 percent in the third quarter to $12.1 billion. Gartner pegged server sales at $12.34 billion, down 2.1 percent from a year ago. Both research firms indicated that HP was the market share leader. HP and Cisco were the only server vendors to show growth in the third quarter.
The reasons for the server slump officially go like this:
Integrated systems are selling well and the market is consolidating.
Unix server sales are in a downward spiral.
And economic conditions are dicey in multiple regions.
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The gap is widening between those organizations that know how to get the most business value of IT and those that don’t view IT as a strategic imperative. The latest version of the annual High Performance IT survey of 202 CIOs conducted by Accenture finds that of the organizations that are high performers, when it comes to using IT to drive the business suggest, most of them are focusing their IT investments on improving customer interactions. In its “High Performers in IT: Defined by Digitial” report, Accenture defines a high performer IT organization using 67 indicators, of which only 13 of the 202 CIOs surveyed were able to meet. By and large, those 13 high performer CIOs are more successful when it comes to employing emerging technologies to create material business advantages.
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A global survey of 1,600 business and IT decision-makers conducted by Loudhouse Consultancy on behalf of Alfresco, a provider of open source enterprise content management (ECM) software, finds that when it comes to collaboration, internal IT may still know best. Despite all the hype surrounding the consumerization of IT in the age of cloud computing, the Alfresco research indicates that both business decision-makers and the internal IT organization would rather see internal IT delivering these services. But the survey also finds that the main challenge facing IT, in terms of delivering these capabilities, is where anything that pertains to collaboration ranks in the overall list of IT priorities – See more at: http://www.cioinsight.com/it-strategy/messaging-collaboration/slideshows/the-fallacy-of-it-consumerization.html/#sthash.jymlOVIj.dpuf
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Knowing which technologies are on the way out and where you should ramp up IT efforts in 2014 could mean the difference between profit and loss.
But navigating the ever-changing IT space is a daunting challenge — with your business hanging in the balance. TechTarget recently surveyed over 4,100 IT professionals to learn about their IT priorities and to gauge changes on the horizon for 2014. Here’s what we found:
IT goals for 2014
Any adjustment to IT — and its role in everyday business operations — must start by reviewing and establishing a new set of goals. More than 4,100 IT professionals shared their thoughts on the changing focus for their departments, and 37% plan to expand IT to support business growth. Organizations depend on computing as a critical business resource; as the scope of employees, partners and users grows to global proportions, IT must have appropriate computing levels in place to handle the load.
Even when growth is not the top priority, there are always opportunities to enhance the business with key IT projects, and 23% of IT professionals reported selective spending in some technological areas. This may include initiatives like data protection, strategic upgrades to network infrastructure, deploying a virtualization or consolidation project, or some other targeted technology that offers a measurable business benefit.
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What separates the high performers in IT from the average blokes? They are more open to new ideas and approaches, as well as working closer with customers.
Those are two conclusions coming out of Accenture’s latest research report on the habits and tendencies of high-performing IT teams. The consultancy says it interviewed IT executives in more than 200 global companies across a range of industries.
Here are some of the key areas that Accenture identified as separating “high performers” against average IT teams:
1. High performers invest more in new initiatives, versus maintenance projects. Accenture finds high performers allocate seven percent more of their IT budget to new projects than do other organizations. Although their day-to-day IT operating expenses are expected to stay flat this year, 54% of high performers will spend significantly more on new projects.
2. High performers are further along in their transition to private and public clouds. Regarding current and future initiatives for cloud computing, more advanced IT teams report greater proportions of their infrastructure, application development, and applications will be transitioning to cloud. High performers are transitioning 43% of their infrastructure to cloud, versus 20% of average IT teams. High performers also are moving 27% of application development to cloud, versus 14% of average IT departments.
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Summary: IDC reckons the number of PCs shipped will decline even further to double-digits. The research firm describes it as the most severe yearly contraction on record.
Based on latest figures from research firm IDC, the PC market will decline even further as this year’s shipments will plummet by 10.1 percent, down from the previous projection of 9.7 percent.
IDC said in a release published Monday it is by far the “most severe yearly contraction on record.”
Because interest in PCs remain limited, the firm explained, as the world increasingly takes up tablets and post-PC devices, there’s little chance of the traditional desktop and notebook market showing positive growth beyond device replacement.
Total shipments are expected to decline by an additional 3.8 percent in 2014, but may show some signs of positive growth in the longer term. Even in emerging markets, which have previously seen increased growth, developing countries are losing interest in PCs with shipments expected to decline in 2014.
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While there’s always been a lot of concern about how data is governed, a new survey suggests a significant gap exists between the level of concern and organizations’ actual plans to implement data governance as part of a larger compliance strategy. A new survey of 454 IT executives conducted by Rand Secure Archive finds that while organizations are facing more compliance regulations, their investments in backup, archiving and e-Discovery technologies continues to lag behind. One reason for this, of course, is the popularity of applications, which are also competing for a slice of the IT budget.
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SAN ANTONIO – Facebook has been an industry leader in building its Internet infrastructure for scalability. That includes the scalability of the people that work in the company’s data centers.
Each Facebook data center operations staffer can manage at least 20,000 servers, and for some admins the number can be as high as 26,000 systems, according to Delfina Eberly, Director of Data Center Operations at Facebook. Eberly was the keynote speaker Tuesday morning at the 7×24 Exchange 2013 Fall Conference, speaking on “Operations at Scale.”
Facebook’s performance appears to break new ground in the server-to-admin ratio, which has rarely exceeded 10,000 to 1 (see High Scalability for more). The company’s success affirms the potential of using an integrated approach in which the operations team works closely with other teams in IT and facilities.
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IDG News Service (San Francisco Bureau) — How reliable is your data center service provider? Perhaps not as reliable as you think.
The Uptime Institute says some data centers are playing fast and loose with its “tiering” system for rating data center reliability, making false claims or at best being economical with the truth about how resilient their facilities are.
The upshot, the Institute says, is that some companies may be running important applications in data centers that are more susceptible to failure than is advertised, and they may get a rude awakening the next time a hurricane strikes or a transformer blows out in the local power grid.
“At a time when more enterprises are moving at scale to an outsourcing option, the stakes couldn’t be higher,” said Julian Kudritzki, Uptime Institute’s chief operating officer, who along with a few data center operators is trying to raise awareness of the issue.
The Institute’s tiering system is only one way of indicating data center resiliency, but it has become well known in the industry. It gives four tiers of certification, with Tier III the most common type awarded. A Tier III data center has multiple delivery paths for power and cooling, and redundant critical components, so that downtime is minimized and maintenance can be performed without taking the computing services offline.
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Despite the growing awareness of cyber-attacks and the increasingly sophisticated tools and technologies available to combat data breaches, the problem is getting worse. What’s more, organizations face steep challenges in dealing with cyber-attacks, and many are underreporting incidents, according to a recently released research report from ThreatTrack. The company polled 200 security professionals in U.S. enterprises and found that 57 percent had experienced a data breach that they did not disclose. Moreover, 72 percent said that addressing malware is equally or more difficult this year than it was last year. Part of the problem is that the nature of data breaches is growing more diverse and affecting firms on a wider scale. As a result, enterprises are struggling to keep up.
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