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IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Datacenter 2018 Predictions

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Datacenter 2018 Predictions

This IDC study discusses the worldwide datacenter top 10 predictions for 2018."IT organizations will constantly be rebalancing three workload priorities: low latency, rapid resource delivery, and control," noted Richard Villars, vice president, Datacenter and Cloud. "They will play the leading role in driving new thinking when it comes to the consumption of IT resources within existing datacenters, within service provider–operated facilities, and at increasingly 'smart' Edge locations where connected people and 'smart' things are concentrated."

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IDC FutureScape Figure
Executive Summary
IDC FutureScape Predictions
Summary of External Drivers
Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers
Prediction 1: By 2020, the Heavy Workload Demands of Next-Generation Applications and New IT Architectures in Critical Business Facilities Will Have Forced 55% of Enterprises to Modernize Their Datacenter Assets Through Updates to Existing Facilities and/or the Deployment of New Facilities
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 2: By 2019, 50% of Organizations Will Have Initiated Efforts to Rationalize Workloads and Accelerate the Adoption of Next-Gen Cognitive/AI, Machine Learning, and Augmented Reality, Necessitating Drastic Changes to Infrastructure Design and Placement as well as IT Operations Models
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 3: By the End of 2019, 70% of Companies Engaged in DX Efforts Will Be Struggling to Translate Business Needs into Effective IT Investments and Operations Plans, Forcing Them to Alter Staff Hiring Targets to Ensure They Have the Advanced Skill Sets Needed to Build Digital Supply Chains
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 4: By 2021, the Expanded Use of Power-Hungry Accelerated Computing Technologies That Support Cognitive and AI Analytics Workloads Will Have Forced Most Major Datacenter Operators to Adopt a Modular Approach to Deploy Power/Cooling Assets in Their Facilities
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 5: By 2020, Consumption-Based Procurement in Datacenters Will Have Eclipsed Traditional Procurement Through Improved "as a Service" Models, Thus Accounting for as Much as 40% of Enterprises' IT Infrastructure Spending
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 6: By 2021, 25% of Large Enterprises Will Have Turned Mandated Regulatory Compliance Investments to Their Advantage by Using Them to Set and Enforce Automated Data Controls Across Their Clouds, Core Datacenters, and Edge Locations
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 7: By the End of 2019, the Need for Improved Agility, Better Manageability, and Enhanced Asset Usage Will Force Companies Pursuing Digital Transformation to Migrate Over 50% of the IT Infrastructure in Their Datacenter and Edge Locations to a Software-Defined Model
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 8: By 2021, Critical Infrastructure in Half of Enterprise Datacenters Will Be Operating Autonomously While the Use of Autonomous IT in Intelligent Edge Locations Will Be Even Greater as Organizations Seek to Link Core and Edge Resources to Support Digital Transformation Initiatives
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 9: By 2021, Over 50% of Companies in Consumer-Facing Industries Striving to Deliver Enhanced Digital Experiences Will Spend More Annually on Upgrades to Their Network, Computing, and Storage Resources in Edge Locations Than on Upgrades in Their Core Datacenters
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 10: In 2019, 60% of Digital Services Will Fail to Meet Desired Customer Adoption Levels Because the Providers of Those Services Are Unable to Effectively Monitor and Quickly Respond to Performance, Utilization, and Cost Degradations Across Their Diverse IT Resource Pools
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Advice for Technology Buyers
External Drivers: Detail
Pace of Change — Technology Capabilities Enable Sustainable Change at the Speed of Digital Business
Shifting Economics: Changing Value Structures and the Rise of Digital Capital
Global Volatility — Political, Social, and Economic Disturbance
Sense, Computer, Actuate — The New Data-Centric Paradigm
Platform Disruption — Unleashing Digital Innovation's Power for Scale
Innovation Impasse — Legacy Systems Constraining Transformation
Autonomous Infrastructure — Autonomous Infrastructure Will Become Standard in Large, Modern Datacenters
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