This IDC study analyzes the growing impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on datacenter demand and operations at a worldwide level. The study discusses the key use profiles that are shaping deployments of IT assets from edge to cloud in support of IoT offerings. It also forecasts the impact of IoT evolution and expansion on server and storage capacity deployed from the remote locations at the edge to the largest cloud datacenters.
The rapid expansion in the use of Internet of Things to enhance existing products, deliver new services, and transform entire industries will be a major driver of technology investment in the coming decade.
"IoT will emerge as the leading driver of new compute/storage deployment at the edge, countering the branch/remote office consolidation trend of the past decade. IoT will also become the top driver of IT expansion in larger datacenters, speeding the transition to cloud-oriented infrastructure and data platform architectures." — Richard Villars, VP, Datacenter & Cloud