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Introduction

The data center concept has seen a dramatic change in how it is perceived over the past 17 years, changing from a corporate fortress where the IT department was seen as the technology's guardian, to a democratic resource used by and for the business.

Highlights

  • Understand why the technologies in the data center are a paradox between consolidation and abstraction.
  • Discover why virtualization of the endpoint will continue to expand in its reach and influence.
  • Learn why DevOps has reached a level of maturity that is now driving wider adoption of IT process collaboration

Features and Benefits

  • Discover the facts about why the data center will remain a significant element in the supply of IT services by providing a reliable alternative to public cloud computing in uncertain times.
  • Learn about how hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is finding a wider market than just for VDI with private cloud.
  • Discover the reasons why software-defined technologies continue to mature at different rates.
  • Uncover the truth about how the move to the edge is creating a sub-market for micro data centers.
  • Learn about the issues with containers and how these are challenging management software vendors.

Key questions answered

  • Discover how the market has moved on from simple VDI deployments to more comprehensive virtual workspaces.
  • Learn why mobile and IoT are becoming part of the wider device management capabilities.
  • Understand why SecOps is the now the area where process change is underway.
  • Discover how simplification is the new mantra transforming the IT skills and organization.
  • Discover why deep machine learning is expanding the automation and analytics capabilities of IT operations.

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Business trends and technology enablers

  • By providing a reliable alternative to the public cloud, the data center will remain a major element in the supply of IT services

The technologies in the data center are a paradox between consolidation and abstraction

  • HCI is finding a wider market than during its early deployments
  • Software-defined technologies continue to mature at different rates
  • The move to the edge is creating a sub-market for micro data centers
  • Containersare challenging the management software vendors

Virtualization of the endpoint will continue to expand its reach and influence

  • The market has moved on from simple VDI deployments to more comprehensive virtual workspaces
  • Mobile and IoT are becoming part of the wider device management capabilities

DevOps has reached a level of maturity that is driving the wider adoption of IT process collaboration

  • SecOps is the next area where process change is underway
  • Vertical market specialization of DevOps looks set to expand in 2017

ITMaaS is driving the transformation of IT departments

  • Simplification is the new mantra that is transforming the IT skills and organization
  • Deep machine learning is expanding the automation and analytics capabilities of IT operations

Data protection and availability continues to drive operational efficiencies

  • Continuous data availability is now needed to meet the challenges of the new digital economy
  • Data protection is becoming a challenge as local data sovereignty complicates the storage of backup data

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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