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Top 10 Worldwide Enterprise Infrastructure 2020 Predictions

Explore IDC's top 10 predictions for global enterprise infrastructure in 2020 and beyond, straight from the latest IDC FutureScape.
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This blog lists the top 10 worldwide predictions for enterprise infrastructure. These technology predictions are meant to help the enterprise with strategic planning within a typical five-year business planning cycle.

As more enterprises move to more data-centric business models, the nature of business competition is changing significantly. The race is on to capture and effectively leverage data about target markets and customers to drive innovative business insights that lead to competitive advantage. This process is referred to as digital transformation, and those enterprises not pursuing it are risking their livelihood.

Once a business has committed to digital transformation, they tend to follow a common path. The next generation applications that help drive successful business transformation demand more performance, availability, scalability and agility that legacy storage infrastructure can provide, and many enterprises embark on infrastructure modernization projects. This journey inevitably leads to a consideration of how new technologies such as NVMe, hyperconverged infrastructure, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and cloud can help achieve business goals.

The IDC FutureScape: Worldwide 2020 Enterprise Infrastructure Predictions lists 10 compelling and critical trends in infrastructure that CIOs and other executives must be aware of while making business and IT decisions in the coming year.  Enterprises need to choose the optimal hardware, software and services that will reduce spending, maximize ROI, increase revenue, and drive innovation.  The following predictions will have an impact on CIOs and IT organizations over the next five years.

The predictions from the IDC FutureScape for Worldwide Enterprise Infrastructure are:

  • Prediction #1: By 2021, demand for flexible consumption of on-premises infrastructure and IaaS offerings will drive 10% of the use of low-cost, commodity-based offerings within datacenter infrastructure.
  • Prediction #2: By 2021, open source CPUs will gain 5% market share in niche markets; over the next five years, a viable open source contended – not including AI chips – will emerge in the datacenter.
  • Prediction #3: By 2022, NVMe technologies – including NVMe-based All-Flash Arrays, NVMe devices, and NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) host connections – will drive 60% of all external primary storage spending.
  • Prediction #4: By 2022, every enterprise infrastructure platform will have hardware-assisted security with capabilities such as silicon root of trust and hardware-based encryption of data in use, at rest, and in flight.
  • Prediction #5: By 2023, over half of all infrastructure spending by IT buyers will be on IaaS, with public cloud IaaS compute representing more than 25% of the compute footprint at an average enterprise.
  • Prediction #6: By 2023, 25% of the Fortune Global 500 will gain competitive advantage from quantum computing.
  • Prediction #7: By 2024, AI will be a core component of enterprise workloads; for 75% of enterprises, 20% of their workloads will be AI-based or AI-enabled and 15% of the IT infrastructure will be accelerated by AI.
  • Prediction #8: By 2024, software-defined infrastructure solutions will account for 30% of storage solutions, combining the benefits of NVMe-oF, HCI, and composable/disaggregated systems.
  • Prediction #9: By 2025, the top 8 infrastructure hardware buyers (Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Baidu, Alibaga and Tencent) will consume 50%+ of all of server and storage infrastructure deployed.
  • Prediction #10: By 2025, the top hyperscalers’ environment will be the source of 95% of new datacenter infrastructure technologies, which will be developed by either the hyperscalers or their customers.

For more context and deeper insights around these and any of our other worldwide technology predictions, click here to explore our IDC FutureScape Web Conferences.

You can find full context around these predictions in the newly published document, IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Enterprise Infrastructure 2020 Predictions (Document #US45577619) on

Research Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group