Economy hits the data center

Aging_DataCentersJohn Gantz, IDC’s chief research officer, summed up the effect of the economy at IDC’s 44th annual Directions conference, “I don’t think we’ve been here before. We’re in new territory. We’re in the dark”. Clearly, there’s pressure on budget and cost control (as shown in the IDC report reference to the right). In the same breadth; however, Gantz also said “there are incredible new demands for management.”

Gantz then noted opportunities in enterprise social media, IT outsourcing, virtualization software, Internet advertising, and of particular note virtualization management software. Which has a big impact on IDC’s view of what’s happening in the data center.

Jim Kaskade

Jim Kaskade is a serial entrepreneur & enterprise software executive of over 36 years. He is the CEO of Conversica, a leader in Augmented Workforce solutions that help clients attract, acquire, and grow end-customers. He most recently successfully exited a PE-backed SaaS company, Janrain, in the digital identity security space. Prior to identity, he led a digital application business of over 7,000 people ($1B). Prior to that he led a big data & analytics business of over 1,000 ($250M). He was the CEO of a Big Data Cloud company ($50M); was an EIR at PARC (the Bell Labs of Silicon Valley) which resulted in a spinout of an AML AI company; led two separate private cloud software startups; founded of one of the most advanced digital video SaaS companies delivering online and wireless solutions to over 10,000 enterprises; and was involved with three semiconductor startups (two of which he founded, one of which he sold). He started his career engineering massively parallel processing datacenter applications. Jim has an Electrical and Computer Science Engineering degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in semiconductor design and computer science; and an MBA from the University of San Diego with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and finance.

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