This IDC Market Perspective outlines major assumptions on how the situation will unfold for the server and storage markets and what long-term changes we expect will be triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The first quarter of 2020 shocked the world with a wave of concerns about health of population, businesses, and local and global economies — all caused by the widespread new coronavirus. Without a previous precedent of this scale, economists, governments, and analysts continuously update their assumptions and forecasts on the impact of COVID-19 on various aspects of human life. As an element of the wide picture, IT infrastructure markets (servers and storage) will face challenging times in the next several quarters.

"The IT industry will have an unusual year in 2020, which will put pressure on multiple areas of the ecosystem of suppliers, partners, and buyers of server and storage infrastructure," says Natalya Yezhkova, research VP, IT Infrastructure. "The crisis we are living through now will redefine how some everyday services are produced and consumed, adding to the already happening shift in approaches enterprises run their IT operations."



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