The findings of our second annual State of the Data Center report indicate the data center is at a crossroads. Continuing the trends we saw in 2007, companies are asking IT to make do with fewer resources. Staffing problems remain a big issue for companies in 2008.

Yet the IT manager’s “to do” list is as long as ever. Applications continue to grow in number and complexity. Servers remain underutilized. Storage continues to grow but is also underutilized. And disaster recovery plans – more important than ever – are still not fully complete.

So it is not surprising that in our second annual State of the Data Center Report we find the data center a very busy place. IT is pursuing dozens of initiatives – from server virtualization to Storage as a Service – with one goal in mind.

Do more with less.

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