Data Center Infrastructure and Cloud Computing Considerations in Retail: Gaining competitive advantage through better understanding retailers’ business and IT priorities
Retailers are under a growing pressure to keep operating costs at bay while also launching various innovative solutions for maintaining competitiveness, which usually require upgrades to their IT infrastructure. Outdated servers, storage, networking and software need to be refreshed so that higher capacity, agility and scalability can be achieved at a lower or comparable cost. This is especially needed for running analytics and any new workloads that power mobile apps or IoT devices. In addition, resources require better integration so that different databases and software can be linked, enabling data sharing between areas such as the point of sale (PoS), supply chain management, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and marketing.
The majority of retailers already use some form of cloud solution, either as a private cloud in their own or co-located datacenters, or public cloud such as software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) or infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Most retailers look to implement a hybrid cloud that combines multiple resources with integration between on-premises and hosted environments in order to take advantage of their scalability and cost-efficiency while also meeting data compliance requirements, sufficient service levels and low latency for real-time analytics.
Datacenters form the backbone of most retail operations by hosting servers that run various business applications, storage arrays that hold vast amounts of customer and product data, and a sophisticated network infrastructure for connecting to the Internet, cloud service providers and store locations. Although vendors tend to focus more on advances on the software side in form of software-defined architectures and SaaS, retailers are still heavily hardware-focused and aim to maintain their own datacenter resources so that they can remain in control over their IT, meet data protection compliance requirements and can better manage service levels. Existing systems often require upgrading so that they can handle new types of workloads, and connections to public cloud resources need to get integrated so that these can be managed from a single platform in a secure and efficient manner.
The report Data Center Infrastructure and Cloud Computing Considerations in Retail analyzes the challenges and opportunities regarding data center upgrades and the usage of cloud computing in retail. Spending forecasts are provided for servers, storage, systems management software and public cloud services, as well as strategic advice for IT vendors and retailers.
Most retailers look to implement a hybrid cloud solution that integrates on-premises and hosted environments in order to take advantage of scalability and cost-efficiency while also meeting data compliance requirements Although vendors tend to focus more on advances on the software side, retailers are still heavily hardware-focused and aim to maintain their own datacenter resources so that they can remain in control over their IT and meet compliance requirements
Retailers continue to invest in server and storage infrastructure, however the ongoing shift towards public cloud services leads to a gradual decline in hardware spending
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Gain insight into retailers' data center infrastructure and cloud computing priorities. This reports helps you to structure your retail specific infrastructure strategy, and is especially useful for vendors that offer servers, storage, networks or cloud services.