These three trends will shape data center technology south of the motherboard in 2020 and for years to come.
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The question on whether public cloud infrastructure is cheaper than running on-premises data centers keeps coming in client inquiries. Clients realize that most of the answers produced by the industry so far are skewed by the vested interests of whoever is coming up with those answer. Public cloud providers make their offerings look significantly more cost-effective than on-premises data centers. Hardware vendors promote the opposite view. Furthermore, within organizations themselves, internal politics continues to inevitably influence the results of any attempt to produce defensible calculations.
The research states that “cloud services can initially be more expensive than running on-premises data centers. [However, it also proves that] cloud services can become cost-effective over time if organizations learn to use and operate them more efficiently.” The statement is backed by an example of workload migration for 2,500 virtual machines from an on-premises data center to Amazon Web Services EC2. The example TCO (shown in Figure 1) shows an initial uptake in cloud costs and a steady decline as soon as organizations learn how to apply cost optimization best practices (as described in this other framework). The chart also shows how on-premises costs may have a long tail as organizations take time to actually shut down their data centers.
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While driving digital initiatives to grow revenue and business, 55% of business leaders are promoting or scaling digital business, and 51% expect to change the business model in the next three years or are already doing it.
To drive these digital business efforts, 56% of business leaders engage with service providers for long-term development and maintenance. Moreover, service providers have ample opportunities in the area of ongoing support and operations (managed services) to address digital business initiatives. About one in three business leaders (31%) say their organization is planning to engage with a service provider while operating digital business solutions.
By 2023, 63% of global managed service providers (MSPs) will gain their revenue through digital business infrastructure operations (DBIO).
However, generic IT managed services are exclusively related to run, maintain and support enterprise IT environments (e.g. infrastructure managed services, data center managed services, managed workplace services or service desk managed services) – making sure that employees are able to work. But these services do not support a digital business initiative nor solution. The next evolutionary step are cloud managed services. But the majority of cloud managed service providers are still using the cloud to merely take care of enterprise IT workloads, rather than contribute to business outcomes.
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