As we reach the midpoint of 2014, data center managers seem to be catching their breath, building on work they started over the past few years. While this absorption and consolidation of work occurs, many data center managers are spending less. A 2013 study conducted by TheInfoPro (an arm of 451 Research) bears this out. In a survey of 180 server and virtualization professionals, 46% of respondents said they were planning to maintain (but not increase) their 2013 budgets on servers and virtualization, while 26% said they would actually spend less.

But even though spending has flattened out, organizations are busy developing their data center ...

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