There has been a heightened interest in recent years from organizations and ICT vendors around digital transformation. In parallel, we have been seeing the maturation of a range of technologies within the datacenter essential for organizations seeking to digitally transform. Interest of late has tended to focus on the business aspects of digital transformation and neglect the complexity of the associated technical datacenter environment.
As organizations digitally transform, their underlying cloud and datacenter infrastructures must mature at the same rate at the same time. If they don't, lines of business and the IT department will be out of alignment. This will create tensions between the two areas, and the larger the gap, the greater the strain. Apart from the shackling of the business, this will also contribute to the proliferation of shadow IT systems.
This IDC presentation introduces our strategic top predictions for 2017 and beyond that will have the biggest impact on datacenters in the Asia/Pacific region. It discusses the confluence of business and ICT trends in order to understand how the necessary alignment within organizations seeking to digitally transform can be created.
The strategic top predictions that will unfold in 2017 and beyond that will make the biggest impact to organizations in the Asia/Pacific region for datacenters are:
- Prediction #1: datacenter vision. By 2018, 35% of companies in data-intensive industries will adopt formal datacenter planning, sourcing, and governance processes to speed digital transformation efforts.
- Prediction #2: next-generationworkloads. By 2019, 25% of organizations' datacenter investments will be supporting next-generation contextual workloads such as cognitive/AI, machine learning, and augmented reality.
- Prediction #3: pay-as-you-go IT. Pay-as-you-go (PAYG)/use models will account for 25% of on-premise and off-premise physical IT and datacenter asset spending by 2018, strengthening business and IT partnerships.
- Prediction #4: smart(er) datacenters. In 2017, Only 20% of enterprises will deploy software-defined datacenters on schedule because capacity constraints in critical facilities will delay transformation efforts.
- Prediction #5: multicloudoperations. As enterprises react to changing data use patterns, 45% of their ICT spend in 2018 will be in a mix of colocation, hosted cloud, and public cloud datacenters.
- Prediction #6: local cloud delivery. By 2019, 20% of on-premise infrastructure will support geo-dependent, next-generation workloads linked directly to public/hosted clouds through infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)/platform-as-a-service (PaaS) stacks on integrated appliances.
- Prediction #7: rack-level IT. In three years, rack-level hyperconverged and hyperscale bundles will account for 30% of server/storage/network deployments, driving changes in power and cooling design.
- Prediction #8: dynamic connectivity. In 2017, 25% of enterprises will use policy-based overlay networks to move data and workloads between datacenters, clouds, and branch offices quickly and securely.
- Prediction #9: power assurance. By 2019, leading datacenter operators will reduce reliance on the grid, with 10% of all datacenter energy needs being met by dedicated, privately generated power sources.
- Prediction #10: datacenter obsolescence. In the next two years, 30% of large and midsize businesses will suffer service failure because of mismatches in power delivery and IT workload profiles caused by hardware obsolescence.
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