Predictions for IT Operations, 2019: Death of the Data Center

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The data center has been the mainstay of most IT operations since the inception of computing. While time-sharing capabilities (essentially cloud computing) in the 1970s had a brief heyday, on-premise equipment has been a strategic necessity for reliability and for controlling an organization's long-term digital direction.

Wide area network improvements, heightened cost concerns, security fears, and IT vendor shifts toward recurring pricing have brought forth cloud as a compelling offering. Still, on-premise data centers remain entrenched by a cautious IT organization that is wary of change and struggles to justify its existence to business management.

It is time to call the struggle over. The data center is dead.

Research Note Details

Topic: IT Operations
Issue: What is the future of on-premise and cloud IT services?
Research Note Number: 2018-39

Length: 3 pages
File Size: 14.1 MB
File Type: Portable Document Format (PDF)
Language: English
Publisher: Aragon Research
Author: Ken Dulaney, VP Research and Aragon Fellow