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SaaS Model Reshaping Traditional Data Centers

When it comes to integration across the data center stack, shouldn't it just work?

A panel of tech executives looking ahead to the next decade of enterprise IT administration seemed to agree that yes, it should, but that will involve an unprecedented level of coordination among rivals to ensure that, say, an Oracele database works with IBM middleware.

Datamation reports on the impact new SaaS models are having on the data center.


PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The traditional data center will have to evolve as the world adopts more of the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, said panelists here at the AlwaysOn OnDemand conference, hosted by Hewlett-Packard at its headquarters.

The issue posed to the four panelists by David Thomas, executive director of TechAmerica Silicon Valley and one of the first SaaS founders when he created Intacct in 1999, was to define what the data center is today and what IT will be advocating in the future..

"It comes down to where does the industry find the best economic benefit. We're not looking at the ultimate victory in adopting either an Amazon [outsourced] model or traditional model, but where the balance lies," said James Urquhart, market strategist and technology evangelist for cloud computing at Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO).

Read the full story at Datamation:
How Will Data Centers Change to Fit SaaS Needs?