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IDC FutureScape Figure

Figure: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Datacenter 2019 Top 10 Predictions

Executive Summary

IDC FutureScape Predictions

Summary of External Drivers

Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers

Prediction 1: By 2020, the Need to Secure Growing Volumes of Dispersed Data Generated at Edge Locations Will Have Driven 40% of Enterprises to Set Up and Operate Data Vaults in Multiple Colocation Facilities

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IT Impact

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Prediction 2: In 2019, 80% of Enterprises' New Digital Services Will Be Composite Workloads That Need Secure, Reliable Interconnection with

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Guidance

Prediction 3: Over the Next Three Years, 70% of Enterprises Will Adopt Dynamic Software-Defined Branch and Network Solutions That Deliver Security and Flexibility Across Cloud, Datacenter, and Edge Interactions

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IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 4: By 2021, 60% of Enterprises Will Require Access to Power/Cooling Infrastructure Operating at Three Times Today's Standard to Manage

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Prediction 5: By 2022, 50% of IT Assets in Enterprise Datacenters Will Have the Ability to Run Autonomously Using Embedded AI Functionality That Leverages Smart IT and Facilities Systems

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Prediction 6: By 2022, 40% of Enterprises Will Have Doubled Their IT Asset Spending in Edge Locations and Nearby Colocation Facilities Versus Core Datacenters to Deliver Digital Services to Local Users and Things

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Prediction 7: By 2023, 60% of Enterprises Will Use Flexible, Lower-Cost IT Consumption Models That Leverage Centralized IT Asset Depots Jointly Run by Hardware Suppliers and Colocation Providers

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Prediction 8: In 2019, 25% of Enterprises Will Shift Away from Large Datacenter Consolidation to Modernizing Optimally Located Smaller Datacenters to Support New Compute and Data-Intensive Applications

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Prediction 9: After 2020, Most Enterprises Will Shift Internal Investments to Deploy Dedicated Cloud Platforms from Which to Launch Innovative Services Rather Than Investing in Modernizing Existing Datacenters

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Prediction 10: By 2022, 40% of Enterprises' Spending with Colocation Providers Will Be on Advanced Asset Management and Optimization Services Rather Than on Basic Connectivity and Facility Services

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IT Impact

Guidance

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