IT decision makers seem to be up in arms regarding discussions on “next generation” technologies. In the past three months it has been nearly impossible to hold a conversation where the terms cloud, OpenStack, or (Linux) containers don’t surface. Hot topics and buzzwords aside, it has become clear (to me) that the right mix of market conditions are causing organizations to express a renewed interest in enterprise virtualization.
Many organizations are now ready to adopt the next generation of server hardware. The popular Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge chipsets from Intel are four to five years old and those who purchased such hardware tend to refresh their equipment every four to five years. In addition, we see Intel Haswell technology approaching its third anniversary. Organizations that lease hardware on a three year cycle will also be looking at what the next generation of hardware has to offer.
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