This IDC study presents the top 10 decision imperatives for the future of the datacenter. Each decision imperative is shaped by a common set of key drivers that provides a planning tool for technology leaders and their line-of-business counterparts to use in their datacenter investment and strategic planning efforts. Datacenters are the foundation on which organizations will build critical systems of engagement and insight, and their role as the most concentrated sources of on-demand compute and storage capacity and the largest repositories of data will become increasingly important in the next three years.
"The key question for organizations is whether they have the insight, capital, and commitment to design, build, and operate datacenters for reliable and dynamic delivery of transaction, content serving, archiving, and analytics capacity on time, with no delays and no excuses, to individuals and organizations around the world. For many, the answer will be, 'no.' They will rely increasingly on third parties to build, deploy, manage, and 'rent' IT capacity and store important information." — Richard Villars, VP, Datacenter and Cloud
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