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Digital transformation is forcing Information and Operations (I&O) leaders to rethink colocation configurations. Enterprises are demanding internal infrastructure capable of acting in concert with external resources to create a holistic IT solution. This Hype Cycle includes 22 separate and distinct infrastructure tools, techniques and technologies that enable I&O leaders to improve efficiencies in their data center infrastructure. Making infrastructure systems more efficient can free up funds that can then be reinvested for digital business initiatives.
Four technologies stand out as transformative:
Enterprises implementing multicloud applications/storage should request DCIF or equivalent functionality from their data center provider, and insist the provider compare its approach to competitive offerings. Planners should ask about the underlying switching technology, API accessibility, and which cloud, container, orchestration, and management options the providers are working with. Where possible, avoid tightly-controlled ecosystems in favor of open systems.