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IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Enterprise Infrastructure 2018 Predictions

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Enterprise Infrastructure 2018 Predictions

This IDC study presents IDC's enterprise infrastructure top 10 predictions for 2018. "Digital transformation has given rise to new IT imperatives, which span modernizing enterprise infrastructure, developing data-centric strategies and organizations, and providing the most agile, IT services in response to real-time business demands," said Laura DuBois, group vice president at IDC's Enterprise Storage, Server, and System Infrastructure Software.

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IDC FutureScape Figure
Executive Summary
IDC FutureScape Predictions
Summary of External Drivers
Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers
Prediction 1: Through 2021, NVMe Will Replace SCSI as the Protocol of Choice in Enterprise-Class Arrays; More Than 25% of Spending on AFAs in 2021 Will Derive from End-to-End NVMe-Based Systems
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 2: By 2021, 50% of Enterprise Infrastructure Will Employ Some Form of Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence to Improve Enterprise Productivity, Manage Risks, and Drive Overall Cost Reduction
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 3: By 2021, in Value Terms, Over 25% of Infrastructure Services Will Have Some Autonomous Self-Managing Capabilities, Expediting Business Outcomes and Mitigating the Risk of Human Error Resulting from Manual Intervention
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 4: In 2020, Spending on Multi-Silicon Computing Will Total More Than $6 Billion, with the Technology Becoming Ubiquitous in Most Computing Environments
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 5: In 2021, Spending on Hybrid Cloud Data Services for Data Protection, Integration and Orchestration, Security and Compliance, and Location Optimization Will Total More Than $60 Billion
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 6: By Mid-2020, SD-WAN, as an Enabler of Edge Computing, Will Be the Mainstream Foundation Technology — One That Represents More Than $6 Billion in Spending on Infrastructure and Managed Services in 2020
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 7: By 2019, 50% of Multinational Organizations Will Have Revisited Their Cloud, IT Infrastructure, and Data Governance Setups to Ensure Compliance with New Data Regulations Being Introduced Around the World, Especially the EU's GDPR and Revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2)
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 8: By 2021, 65% of Enterprises Will Be Deploying Universal Encryption on Server Infrastructure to Comply with Data Privacy, Integrity, and Confidentiality
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 9: By 2021, Installed and In-Use Container Instances Will Amount to More Than 3.5 Billion, with Over 20% of Them Running in Distributed Locations Serving Edge and IoT Workloads
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 10: In 2021, Spending on Infrastructure as a Service Will Be 15% More Than Spending on On-Premises Compute, Storage, and Networking Infrastructure, Reflecting the Ongoing Shift from Capex to Opex Among Enterprises
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Advice for Technology Buyers
External Drivers: Detail
Accelerating DX: Technology-Centric Transformation Altering Business and Society
Pace of Change: Technology Capabilities Enable Sustainable Change at the Speed of Digital Business
DX Delta: Leaders and Disruptors Widen Performance Gap
Human Versus Machine: The Impact of AI and Automation
Platform Disruption: Unleashing Digital Innovation's Power for Scale
Cyberthreats: Theft, Ransom, and Cyberattack on the Rise
Innovation Impasse: Legacy Systems Constraining Transformation
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