Datacenter Predictions AI Moves In and Cloud Moves to the Edge

JOHN K. WATERS | November 9, 2018

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The future of the datacenter is fraught with change driven by a range of emerging trends, from the continuing advance of digital transformation (DX) efforts and the race to innovate, to an increasing focus on standardization and new levels of facilities automation.Those drivers (and a few more) are behind a new set of predictions offered in a recent edition of IDC's FutureScape Web conference series, "Worldwide Datacenter 2019 Predictions." Rick Villars, vice president of IDC's Datacenter and Cloud group, and Jennifer Cooke, research director of the firm's Datacenter Management group, presented 10 predictions (listed at the end of this article) during the webcast, and laid out the factors that led to those predictions.

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