Datacenter Trends and Strategies
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IDC's Datacenter Trends and Strategies research provides a holistic view of the issues that are shaping today's enterprise and service provider datacenter investments. Organizations need to more effectively support mobile, cloud, and business integrated analytics that are changing workloads in the corporate datacenter and driving greater use of service provider datacenters to extend services. While IT managers are sourcing and deploying IT infrastructure in new ways, datacenter managers are increasingly concerned with very real and sometimes limiting factors, such as floor space, power and cooling, datacenter life-cycle management, and staffing. IDC examines the shifting needs of the datacenter as well as sizing the number of datacenters and deployment of IT assets in enterprise, service provider, and hyperscale datacenters based on IDC's datacenter taxonomy.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Worldwide and U.S. datacenter sizing and taxonomy
  • Datacenter infrastructure and hardware
  • Power and cooling initiatives for the datacenter
  • Datacenter optimization and software-defined datacenters
  • Business alignment: U.S. datacenters' assessment of their alignment with key business objectives
  • Datacenter technology trends and innovation
  • IT and business direction: Macrotrends to which datacenters are responding to ensure a viable, reactive, and agile IT organization
  • Cloud computing: The impact on the physical datacenter
  • Enterprise architecture: Datacenter infrastructure requirements for power and cooling, capacity planning, change control processes, system utilization, compute density, and alternate power
  • IT staffing and datacenter real estate/location/regionalization
  • Datacenter infrastructure management (DCIM)

Core Research

  • Datacenter Construction and Rebuild Trends
  • Top 5 Strategic Datacenter Infrastructure Initiatives
  • Impact of Integrated Systems and Hyperscale on Datacenters
  • Modular Datacenters, Container Datacenters, Micro Datacenters
  • Use of Service Provider Datacenter Assets
  • Datacenter Infrastructure Management Adoption Trends

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.

Key Questions Answered

  1. How many datacenters are there worldwide and in the United States?
  2. How are business and IT changes reshaping datacenter managers' investment and operations strategies?
  3. How are the acquisitions of infrastructure solutions changing?
  4. How do developments such as convergence and software-defined IT affect the datacenter?
  5. What role will new datacenter types such as containers, prefab, and modular play in the future?

Datacenter Trends and Strategies Coverage

Source: IDC

Companies Analyzed

This service reviews the strategies, market positioning, and future direction of several providers in the datacenter market, including:

ABB, Amazon Web Services, AMD, Arrow, AT&T, Avnet, CA Technologies, CenturyLink, Cisco, Comscope, CSC, Dell, Digital Realty Trust, Eaton, EMC-VMware, Emerson Network Power, Equinix, Fujitsu, Gateway, Hitachi, HP, IBM-Softlayer, Intel, Iron Mountain, Microsoft, NCR, NEC, NetApp, Nlyte, Oracle, Panduit, Rackspace, Red Hat, SAP, Schneider Electric, and Verizon.

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Meet the Experts
Jennifer Koppy
Research Director, Datacenter Management
Kelly Quinn
Research Manager, Datacenter Trends
Matthew Eastwood
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure and Datacenter
Richard L. Villars
Vice President, Datacenter & Cloud