From taking mobile to the next level to preparing for a hybrid cloud world, we offer a dozen suggestions for moving toward progressive IT.
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IBM, HP, and Sun might not like the profit margins in the commodity x86 server business, but powered by ever more powerful chips, this class of servers has steadily moved up into the data-processing big leagues. x86 systems now account for 95% of server unit shipments. Data warehousing and analytic workloads, for instance, are now completely dominated by x86, with companies scaling out on dozens, scores, or even hundreds of inexpensive servers, rather than scaling up on pricey RISC-based boxes.
High-end transaction processing is still a relatively safe haven for proprietary RISC-based servers, but top-of-the-line x86 servers and emerging NoSQL options like Cassandra are showing the way toward powerful and highly available commodity-server deployments for mission-critical and data-intensive transaction processing.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.