May 19, 2011, 5:14 PM — Cloud computing and virtualization are forcing dramatic changes in the way data centers must be designed and run, from the servers to the storage to the network infrastructure.
The benefits are clear. With these physical resources abstracted from the underlying hardware, data centers can attain new levels of flexibility, aggregating in shared pools, to be called upon when needed.
Most companies have just scratched the surface of this transformation. To help IT managers get a handle on the key aspects to consider, Network World and its sister publications CIO and Computerworld present the latest thinking and explore the latest trends in how data centers are evolving toward the cloud ideal.
In this 10-page Insider Special Report, we give expert advice on how to approach building a private cloud, from conception to implementation. We look at overall data center trends, the factors driving the transformation. And we point out key potholes to watch out for as you embark on the journey.