How data center investments will shape up in next few years

IT market research agency IDC has shared top predictions for data centers for 2015 and beyond.

# By 2016, 65 percent of organizations’ infrastructure investments will target creation and expansion of 3rd Platform systems of engagement and insight, rather than maintaining existing systems of record, said IDC.

# In the next two years, 25 percent of all large and mid-sized businesses will confront significant power/cooling facilities mismatches with new IT systems, limiting them to using less than 75 percent of their physical datacenter space.

# In the next two years, incompatible or immature IT asset management practices will prevent 80 percent of organizations from being able to take full advantage of converged and software defined IT solutions in their own facilities.

# By 2016, hyperscale datacenters will house more than 50 percent of raw compute capacity and 70 percent of raw storage capacity worldwide, becoming the primary consumers/adopters of new compute and storage technologies.

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# By 2017, 60 percent of the datacenter-based IT assets that organizations rely on to conduct business and deliver services will be in colocation, hosting, and cloud data centers.

# Over the next two years, over 60 percent of companies will stop managing most of their IT infrastructure, relying on advanced automation and qualified service partners to boost efficiency and directly tie datacenter spend to business value.

# Over the next three years, 70 percent of large and mid-sized organizations will initiate major network redesigns to better align inter-datacenter and datacenter-to-edge data flows.

# By 2018, third-party service providers will own a quarter of all IT assets installed in organizations’ server rooms and closets, posing major asset management and governance challenges.

# By 2016, the top 20 providers of consumer and business as-a-service solutions will deploy broad spectrum, multi-datacenter security solutions.

# By 2018, every organization in data-intensive industries will have formal data ethics review processes and will publicize data control policies.

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