21 Jan 2018
SINGAPORE, January 22nd, 2018 – IDC published today its datacenter predictions for Asia/Pacific and reveals how key predictions on datacenter modernization and automation, edge datacenters, consumption-based procurement and software-defined datacenters, among others will impact Asia/Pacific organizations in the next three years. IDC predicts that by 2020 in APeJ, the heavy workload demands of next-generation applications and new IT architectures in critical business facilities will have forced 40% of enterprises to modernize their datacenter assets through updates to existing facilities and/or the deployment of new facilities.
The current pressure on enterprises to digitally transform and become “digitally native” can only occur if the underlying datacenter architecture and infrastructure is in place. The digital economy that is upon us is demanding a highly accurate, fully automated, lights-out datacenter environment that uses predictive analytics to reduce downtime. “Datacenter facility and IT infrastructure is maturing at a rapid rate. It is getting smarter, denser, more automated, more integrated and software-defined,” says Dr. Glen Duncan, Senior Research Manager of Domain Group, IDC Asia/Pacific.
At the micro-level, technologies such as integrated infrastructure, hyper converged appliances, software-defined storage, flash storage, software-defined networks and datacenter information management are providing the foundations for this transformation. While at the macro-level, the multi-cloud environment continues to build out as the new datacenter architecture for many organizations. The internet-of-things and associated sensors and devices at the edge is forcing the pendulum to shift back to a decentralized model of edge datacenters.
But as the new datacenter environment builds out, it is not without its challenges. Government legislation that requires data remain within national borders and adhere to strict privacy legislation is a significant issue. So too is the rate of change and growth. As enterprises rapidly transform their underlying datacenter environment must mature at the same rate. If there is misalignment, business will be shackled and shadow IT will proliferate.
According to Duncan, some of the top datacenter predictions that will impact the APeJ organizations in Asia/Pacific in the next 36 months are:
Prediction 5 (Consumption-Based IT): By 2020 in APeJ, consumption-based procurement in datacenters will have eclipsed traditional procurement through improved "as a Service" Models, thus accounting for as much as 50% of enterprises' IT infrastructure spending
Prediction 8: (Smart Edge Datacenters): By 2021 in APeJ, critical infrastructure in 35% of enterprise datacenters will be operating autonomously while the use of autonomous IT in intelligent edge locations will be even greater as organizations seek to link core and edge resources to support digital transformation initiatives
Prediction 10 (Service Assurance): In 2019, 60% of digital services will fail to meet desired customer adoption levels because the providers of those services are unable to effectively monitor and quickly respond to performance, utilization, and cost degradations across their diverse IT resource pools
The full list of the top 10 datacenter predictions for the Asia/Pacific market are presented in detail in the following report: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Datacenter 2018 Predictions – APeJ Implications.
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