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Cloud Computing Research for IT Strategic Planning

This report describes key findings from a survey of 200 IT professionals that can help you prepare your data center for the cloud by upgrading networking and storage. Results include:

• IT managers overwhelmingly agree on the importance of investing in your highly virtualized data center.
• Security, cost, and scalability are the biggest concerns about upgrading networks and storage.R> • Adoption of 10 gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) to simplify infrastructure and reduce costs continues to grow.
• More than 40 percent of IT managers plan to move large analytics and large NoSQL database workloads to the cloud.

IT managers are utilizing intelligent technologies that scale out storage, reduce costs, and increase storage efficiency.

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