Monthly Archives: Aug 2018

Markets and Trends

The Enterprise Infrastructure Market at a Glance

Enterprise Infrastructure

The enterprise infrastructure market is crowded and complex, with several market segments that organizations must take into account when evaluating their infrastructure needs. IDC’s definition of the enterprise infrastructure market shows the wide array of technology suppliers currently in the market, and how specialized needs have become.

Enterprise Infrastructure Market Glance

Seeing the wide array of vendors inhabiting the enterprise infrastructure space can be overwhelming. However, through this exercise, IDC has been able to identify emerging market trends in the space:

Public Cloud Demands are Reshaping the Space

Rapidly increasing demand for public cloud services is shaping how enterprise infrastructure solutions and related services are packaged, sold, deployed and managed by enterprise IT or outsourced IT teams. Public cloud is becoming increasingly heterogeneous and developer-friendly, which enables enterprises to adopt a multi-cloud strategy for packaged, off-the-shelf products as well as custom applications.

While the demand for on-premises infrastructure remains strong, this request stems mainly from enterprises choosing to keep certain systems in-house, while they explore public cloud options for the rest.

The Edge Offers Growth Opportunities for both Suppliers and Users

Edge both as a deployment model and as a location is rising in prominence, with application continuity and performance at the enterprise/IoT edge becoming business critical. Edge Infrastructure, including computing, networking and storage, provides new growth opportunities to vendors and service providers alike.

The transition from hardware to software with network infrastructure is starting to gather momentum; now that as-a-service subscription models for network software are available from key network equipment providers, network infrastructure that can support this shift will continue to be important.

Want to learn more about the current state of the enterprise infrastructure market, and see where IDC predicts the market will grow? Then tune into IDC’s Worldwide Enterprise Infrastructure Predictions webcast, on-demand now:

 

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Artificial Intelligence and DaaS

Time Crunch: Equalizing Time Spent on Data Management vs Analytics

data management

The proliferation of data types and quantities should be a major advantage for enterprise organizations. More data and more types of data should offer complex insights into challenges and opportunities in how the business runs and should lead to better decisions and business outcomes. However, ask any data analyst, and they’ll share this reality:  data analysts spend a bulk of their time on search, data preparation, management, and governance activities, and not on data analytics where the true value lies.

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IoT and the Edge

Today’s Smart Home Journey: What’s Holding Consumers Back?

Smart home system

Seven years ago, I embarked on my smart home journey, although I didn’t know it at the time. Being an avid gamer and student in college, I subscribed to a broadband internet service and setup my wireless home network. This allowed me to compete in online video games through my gaming console, connect my laptop to the internet, and stream movies on my tablet. What I didn’t realize back then was that I had just laid the necessary infrastructure in my home to support a lifestyle of comfort, convenience, security, and cost savings that I would come to enjoy seven years later.

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IoT and the Edge

Are Hearables the Next Big Trend in Wearable Devices?

hearables wearable devices

Twenty years ago, I went to my first NHL game, and was lucky enough to join five other friends in a luxury box overlooking the rink at center ice. Shortly after arrival, a server showed up to take our drink orders, and in an effort to get our drinks quickly and watch the game, we all ordered the same thing. The server dutifully took them down, punched them into his handheld device, and processed our order. Moments later, by the time he had finished, our drinks arrived from another server. What sort of magic was this? A server can bring us our drink orders in the time it takes us to order? Can he do it again? The answer to that last question was ‘yes,’ even when we ordered complex (and to his delight, more expensive) cocktails.

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Cloud

How SaaS is Realizing its True Potential

SaaS

Organizations rely on SaaS to introduce new capabilities to the business, accelerate time to value, and efficiently provide mobile workers with ubiquitous access to applications and information. “SaaS has been around for more than a decade. IT and business users have learned to trust in the reliability and security of today’s SaaS applications, facilitating a more strategic and integrated approach to SaaS adoption as a step toward transformation,” according to Frank Della Rosa, research director for SaaS and Cloud Software.

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