Industry Outlook is a regular Data Center Journal Q&A series that presents expert views on market trends, technologies and other issues relevant to data centers and IT. This week, Industry Outlook asks Joe Richard of Schneider Electric about changes to medium-voltage switchgear…

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The growth of cloud-IT adoption continues unabated. Today’s landscape of cloud providers is dominated by a small handful of companies based in the U.S. and China that deploy company-owned hyperscale data centers. For the foreseeable future, these few will account…

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Expansion into mobility and demand for real-time data are pushing businesses in every sector to expand their network to the edge and rethink how to lay out their IT infrastructure to support the booming Internet of Things (IoT). The opportunities…

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Industry Outlook is a regular Data Center Journal Q&A series that presents expert views on market trends, technologies and other issues relevant to data centers and IT. This week, Industry Outlook asks Russell Senesac, Director of Data Center Business Development…

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As the new year approaches, it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come when it comes to cloud computing. Moving forward, cloud as we know it isn’t only on a path of transformation; it’s also a path for transformation. IDC predicts that by 2020, public IT cloud services will account for 58 percent of the $355 billion combined spending on traditional plus public cloud applications, development and deployment tools, infrastructure software, storage, and servers.
However, the future won’t be dominated by public cloud services. In fact, the dominant cloud model for the foreseeable future will revolve around hybrid cloud systems. Gartner analysts said that by 2020, cloud, hosting and traditional infrastructure services will come in more or less at par in terms of spending.
“As the demand for agility and flexibility grows, organizations will shift toward more industrialized, less-tailored options,” said DD Mishra, research director at Gartner. “Organizations that adopt hybrid infrastructure will optimize costs and increase efficiency. However, it increases the complexity of selecting the right toolset to deliver end-to-end services in a multi-sourced environment.”
Gartner predicts that by 2020, 90 percent of organizations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities. “This means that by 2020 traditional services will coexist with a minority share alongside the industrialized and digitalized services,” Mishra said.
Let’s look out to

 

As the new year approaches, it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come when it comes to cloud computing. Moving forward, cloud as we know it isn’t only on a path of transformation; it’s also a path for transformation. IDC predicts that by 2020, public IT cloud services will account for 58 percent of the $355 billion combined spending on traditional plus public cloud applications, development and deployment tools, infrastructure software, storage, and servers.
However, the future won’t be dominated by public cloud services. In fact, the dominant cloud model for the foreseeable future will revolve around hybrid cloud systems. Gartner analysts said that by 2020, cloud, hosting and traditional infrastructure services will come in more or less at par in terms of spending.
“As the demand for agility and flexibility grows, organizations will shift toward more industrialized, less-tailored options,” said DD Mishra, research director at Gartner. “Organizations that adopt hybrid infrastructure will optimize costs and increase efficiency. However, it increases the complexity of selecting the right toolset to deliver end-to-end services in a multi-sourced environment.”
Gartner predicts that by 2020, 90 percent of organizations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities. “This means that by 2020 traditional services will coexist with a minority share alongside the industrialized and digitalized services,” Mishra said.
Let’s look out to

 

LeaseWeb USA will expand into H5 Data Centers Phoenix location under a wholesale data center agreement announced Tuesday.
The data center, which H5 will continue to own and operate, offers private data center suites for 125-kilowatt and 250-kilowatt installations.
“The expansion and partnership with LeaseWeb is a win-win,” Josh Simms CEO of H5 Data Centers said in a statement. “LeaseWeb can offer enterprises a full suite of retail colocation and hybrid IT cloud solutions, while H5 Data Centers can continue to innovate and deliver world-class wholesale data center solutions. We look forward to working with this globally-renown IT services partner.”
The deal will facilitate LeaseWeb’s U.S. growth and expand the portfolio of products available to H5′s Phoenix customers, according to the announcement.
“LeaseWeb USA and H5 Data Centers come together with this Phoenix transaction at a similar scale in the U.S. with a shared focus on delivering excellent service and hybrid cloud technology located as close to our customers as possible,” said Lex Boost, CEO of LeaseWeb USA. “We see great joint opportunities in the Phoenix market, with the potential for an expanded partnership to come across our national footprints.”
LeaseWeb also recently announced the opening new data center facilities in London and Sydney to offer cloud services to the UK and Australian markets.
H5 expanded its Seattle data center capacity earlier this year.

 

I’m a big fan of hybrid and multi-cloud solutions. I believe, as an industry, we’re no longer seeing the future organization as one that has everything in one cloud provider. Rather, the future is very much more hybrid.
Organizations across almost every vertical and company size see hybrid cloud solutions as the gateway to digital transformations and new types of competitive advantages. These initiatives are being driven by the business layer, and not just IT leaders.
“Overall, there are very real trends toward cloud platforms, and also toward massively scalable processing. Virtualization, service orientation and the Internet have converged to sponsor a phenomenon that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they’ll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models,” said Chris Howard, research vice president at Gartner. “Services delivered through the cloud will foster an economy based on delivery and consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction management.”
See also: Using Automation as a Change Agent for IT Transformation
A recent WSJ article said CIOs are knitting together a new IT architecture that comprises the latest in public cloud services with the best of their own private data centers and partially shared tech resources. IDC points out that overall spending on IT infrastructure for off-premises cloud environments—both

 

I’m a big fan of hybrid and multi-cloud solutions. I believe, as an industry, we’re no longer seeing the future organization as one that has everything in one cloud provider. Rather, the future is very much more hybrid.
Organizations across almost every vertical and company size see hybrid cloud solutions as the gateway to digital transformations and new types of competitive advantages. These initiatives are being driven by the business layer, and not just IT leaders.
“Overall, there are very real trends toward cloud platforms, and also toward massively scalable processing. Virtualization, service orientation and the Internet have converged to sponsor a phenomenon that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they’ll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models,” said Chris Howard, research vice president at Gartner. “Services delivered through the cloud will foster an economy based on delivery and consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction management.”
See also: Using Automation as a Change Agent for IT Transformation
A recent WSJ article said CIOs are knitting together a new IT architecture that comprises the latest in public cloud services with the best of their own private data centers and partially shared tech resources. IDC points out that overall spending on IT infrastructure for off-premises cloud environments—both

 

Rackspace has completed its acquisition of Datapipe, the largest in its history, according to a Thursday announcement.
The company is beginning its planned integration process for Datapipe immediately, with former Datapipe Chief Technology and Security Officer becoming Rackspace CTO, Dan Newton becoming Rackspace VP, account management and service delivery, and Dan Tudahl taking the position of general manager, government solutions.
The integration plan will maintain and enhance customer support levels, according to the announcement.
“This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to become the world’s number one provider in IT as a service,” Joe Eazor, Rackspace CEO said in a statement. “Datapipe brings important new capabilities to Rackspace that will enable us to better serve customers, globally and at scale. Together, we will build on the industry leadership both companies established in expertise, reliability, security and support, to create a new level of end-to-end customer experience.”
The acquisition was agreed to in September, and represents the kind of “major, long-term investments in the capabilities our customers are demanding” that Eazor said in a blog post at the time had motivated the company to go private a year ago.

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