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Introduction

The data center has been the epicenter of the IT delivery environment for organizations for the past 30 years, but with the rise of cloud computing this is now changing.

Highlights

  • This report highlights the trends to watch in the data center space in 2020/21 that Ovum consider will drive the fusion of IT delivery between on-premises, the cloud, and edge.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand why modernizing IT operations is needed to operate in a hybrid and edge environment.
  • Learn about how HCI continues to disrupt the market.

Key questions answered

  • What are the key forces driving the data center in 2020 and beyond?
  • How are data center technologies evolving to prepare for a hybrid world connecting core and edge?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Modernizing IT operations is needed to operate in a hybrid and edge environment

  • The role of security is introduced to DevOps
  • AIOPs must be matched to organizational maturity if it is to deliver business benefits
  • Using a common platform for existing and new workload management will begin to evolve

HCI continues to disrupt the market as its usage expands

  • Making hybrid cloud simple to deploy and manage

Energy efficiency and data center power consumption will become more significant

  • Liquid cooling is one technology that will help deliver increased efficiency
  • Making electricity more efficient requires many different actions to ensure climate targets can be achieved

Data protection remains important but must be an integrated strategic capability

  • Hybrid and multicloud is the next big technology trend that requires data protection
  • Orchestration is the new currency of success in a cloud DR environment
  • Making solid state technology comparable with spinning media will change the market

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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