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Virtualization: Sun's CIO tells how data centers in 2015 may look like

Q: Now that the “dirty secret” is out of the bag, why is it taking so long for every CIO to move to these more efficient models for data centers?

A: The technology is the easy part. The hardest part is getting businesses aligned with the need to transform the data center. The finance and sales community needs applications to be up 24 hours a day. It’s incumbent on CIOs who have budget challenges to paint a picture for the business that we need to go through this transformation, that in the worst case there will be some interruptions in services, but the end result is so powerful and compelling.

Q: You talk a lot about budget challenges and cost savings. How much can people save by transferring to an efficient data center?

A: It ranges from 60 to 80 percent utility savings. The notion of an entire brick-and-motor building closing is pretty compelling for CFOs.

Q: What does the data center of 2015 look like?

A: In 2015, the question isn’t what a corporate data center looks like, it’s, “Why do you need a data center?’” The data center of the future is nothing but a big black box of service providers. Even corporate enterprises like Sun, who have a traditional IT environment, won’t need that in 2015. As applications become more service-based, the need for our corporate data centers begins to diminish. The notion that every company has to have their own data center — that’s my father’s legacy. That’s not for 2015.

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