An Article from ComputerWorld , Original Link http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9194283/Data_growth_remains_IT_s_biggest_challenge_Gartner_says
Data growth is the biggest data center hardware infrastructure challenge for large enterprises, according to a new survey by research firm Gartner Inc.
According to Gartner, 47% of the respondents to a survey conducted over the summer ranked data growth in their top three challenges. With spending returning to more normal levels after a couple of down years because of the economy, 62% said they plan to expand hardware capacity at existing data centers by the end of 2011; 30% plan to build entirely new data centers.
"As the global economy begins to revive in 2010 and organizations start to shift focus to a return to growth, IT organizations will be challenged to support the various growth initiatives," said Naveen Mishra, principal research analyst at Gartner.
Last year, Mishra said, many data center managers were forced to defer infrastructure upgrades and extend technology refresh cycles. As a result, those same managers are now hampered with an aging infrastructure or, in some cases, product obsolescence.
"Vendors wishing to tap into this reopening market should propose infrastructure solutions that are high in efficiency and offer scalability as the demand grows, thus helping the companies to prepare for a return to growth," he said.
The survey took place between June and August and involved IT staffers from 1,004 large enterprises in eight countries.
In addition to concerns about data growth, 37% of those surveyed named system performance and scalability as the second biggest challenge for them in the coming year, with 36% citing network congestion and connectivity issues.
"While all the top data center hardware infrastructure challenges impact cost to some degree, data growth is particularly associated with increased costs relative to hardware, software, associated maintenance, administration and services," April Adams, research director at Gartner, said in a statement.Read More
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Microsoft and IBM are two main competitors in Enterprise Collaboration Tools Market with their Exchange/Communicator and Domino/Sametime Respectively.
While the users opinion on which is better varies, we thought of getting what Microsoft has to say
Below is an article about why you may want to switch from IBM to Microsoft
The link to article is http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/2010/vi/vn/notes.aspx
Why switch from Lotus Domino/Notes to Exchange 2010?
Now more than ever, organizations need adaptable and cost-effective communication tools. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 helps you achieve new levels of reliability and performance by delivering features that simplify administration, help protect communications, and delight users by meeting their demands for greater business mobility. Microsoft Exchange, the cornerstone of the Microsoft Unified Communications solution, has long been the choice of organizations to support rich and productive collaboration among its users. With the latest release of Exchange, users are assured the widest range of deployment options, the richest user experience, and integrated protection and compliance capabilities for their information. These features combine to form the best messaging and collaboration solution available. Come join the almost 13 million strong who have decided to switch to Microsoft in the past few years to take advantage of rich capabilities, reduction in costs, and better total cost of ownership across our platform!
Flexible and Reliable
Because of pressure to optimize your IT infrastructure for ever-changing economic conditions, you must be agile and invest in solutions that provide you and your organization with choice. Exchange Server 2010 gives you the flexibility to tailor your deployment to your unique needs and provides a simplified way to help keep e-mail continuously available for your users.Read More