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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.


  • 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


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • 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


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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