According to the latest report from AFCOM's Data Center Institute, the enterprise data center community is responding to current economic challenges with a variety of innovative approaches that include true alignment of information technology (IT) with business requirements, asset consolidations, improved budget accountability and enhanced security.

The study revealed that data centers managed to pinpoint the fine line between technology-driven robust spending and progress-stifling austerity. According to the report, there is a strong emphasis on showing a rapid return on investment (ROI) for any expenditure. As a general rule, expenditures that can't demonstrate a significant ROI within two business quarters are not made.

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