Special Report on the Data CenterBy Eric Lundquist
The idea of a data center as an enclosed, climate-controlled room where all of a company's computing takes place is being replaced by the concept of virtual data centers that draw on storage, computing and networking resources, wherever they may reside.
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Virtual storage, virtual servers and software services that can be provisioned internally or procured on a contract basis from external vendors confront the CIO with an overwhelming array of infrastructure choices. And the number of those choices keeps growing.
Sun Microsystems on Oct.17 was championing the idea of shipping containers retrofitted to serve as data centers that could be hauled around the country to add capacity, serve as temporary centers or provide emergency backup for corporate computing needs.
In this eWEEK Special Report, we delve into this changing role of the data center.
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