Pacific Crest Securities Releases Research Alerts - First Pacific Crest Securities Research Alert Focuses on Data Centers

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Pacific Crest, the leading technology-focused investment research and investment banking firm, issued today its first PCS Research Alert at the 10th annual Pacific Crest Technology Leadership Forum in Vail, Colo. The PCS Research Alert leverages the firm's proprietary alternative research and expert network to uncover industry insights in key technology markets. A recognized leader in research including receiving the number one ranking for technology research in Institutional Investor's Best of the Boutiques survey from 2002 - 2007. The first PCS Research Alert is focused on enterprise data centers and provides a better understanding of current and future deployment and vendor usage trends for a range of data center technologies amongst early adopters.

Our team is renowned for its in-depth knowledge of global tech sector linkages. The PCS Research Alerts will provide a snapshot of this in-depth knowledge to help educate the press on the latest technology developments and help them better inform their readers about today's fast paced technology industry

Pacific Crest, the leading technology-focused investment research and investment banking firm, issued today its first PCS Research Alert at the 10th annual Pacific Crest Technology Leadership Forum in Vail, Colo. The PCS Research Alert leverages the firm's proprietary alternative research and expert network to uncover industry insights in key technology markets. A recognized leader in research including receiving the number one ranking for technology research in Institutional Investor's Best of the Boutiques survey from 2002 - 2007. The first PCS Research Alert is focused on enterprise data centers and provides a better understanding of current and future deployment and vendor usage trends for a range of data center technologies amongst early adopters.

"Our team is renowned for its in-depth knowledge of global tech sector linkages. The PCS Research Alerts will provide a snapshot of this in-depth knowledge to help educate the press on the latest technology developments and help them better inform their readers about today's fast paced technology industry," said Steve Lidberg, Director of Research for Pacific Crest Securities.

Hosted in Vail, Colo., from Sunday, August 3, through Tuesday, August 5, the 10th annual Pacific Crest Technology Leadership Forum brings together top institutional investors, venture capitalists and C-level executives to share their knowledge about global technology trends and investment opportunities.

PACIFIC CREST RESEARCH ALERT - AUGUST 2008
Market: Data Centers
General Description: To understand current and future deployment and vendor usage for a range of data center technologies amongst early adopters. The enterprise data center is in the early stages of a multiyear transformation due to the following:

  •     The modernization of legacy computers, storage and networking platforms will dynamically alter how application resources are provisioned and consumed.
  •     The adoption of virtualization technology and the shift toward centralized, Web-enabled applications is driving a fundamental shift within the application stack, which is increasingly becoming decoupled from the underlying hardware.
  •     Finally, the aggregation of modern data center technologies, ubiquitous network connectivity and on-demand software models should help facilitate the shift to cloud computing, which embodies the next major era in computing and marks the displacement of legacy client-server technologies.

Key Findings:

  •     Adoption plans in the enterprise. Among emerging data center technologies, desktop virtualization, deduplication, green IT, automation and storage virtualization are most likely to be deployed within the next 24 months.
  •     Server virtualization. Server virtualization will continue to see steady growth, with an average of 75% of x86 servers expected to be virtualized by 2010. VMware is the leading vendor.
  •     Desktop virtualization. Desktop virtualization is also expected to see steady growth in adoption. Microsoft and VMware are the top desktop virtualization vendors.
  •     Storage virtualization. Companies currently virtualize one-third of their storage capacity. By 2010, an average of 60% of storage capacity is estimated to be virtualized. IBM, HP and EMC are the leading vendors.
  •     Deduplication. The average percent of storage capacity utilizing deduplication is expected to increase from 21% currently to 45% in 2010.
  •      Automation tools. Automation tools for IT management is also expected to see consistent growth over the next 3 years. IBM, Cisco and EMC are the top automation tools vendors.
  •     Data center outsourcing. Results show 48% of early adopters in outsourcing data center activities over the next three years, with IBM as the leading provider.
  •     Green IT. This is projected for a notable increase, from 18% of data centers considered green today to 48% in 2010.
  •     Web 2.0. Just over 30% of Internet infrastructure is Web 2.0 ready today; this will increase to 59% by the end of 2010.

About Pacific Crest Securities
Pacific Crest Securities (http://www.pacific-crest.com) is the leading technology-focused investment research and investment banking firm. As a full service investment bank, Pacific Crest provides research, institutional sales and trading and investment banking services to technology investors and companies worldwide. The firm's highly focused and collaborative approach gives it an unparalleled depth of knowledge and unique ability to identify the key emerging technology trends. Institutional Investor ranked Pacific Crest's technology research #1 for Best of Boutiques from 2002-2007. Additionally, the firm's sales force was ranked the #1 technology sales force from 2005 -2008 by Greenwich Associates. Headquartered in Portland, Ore., Pacific Crest also has offices in Beijing, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Stamford (Conn.) and Taiwan.

Contacts:
Deanna Anderson
Aqua PR
404-759-1890
danderson @ aquapr.com

Pacific Crest Securities (PCS) does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in the reports provided herein. The data and information contained in such reports is not intended to be used as basis upon which investment decisions should be made and is not, and should not be considered investment advice or securities or investment research.

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