Although managed services are growing faster than IT, they are still dominated by traditional players, according to a report from BroadGroup.
The report will be presented at Datacentres Europe 2006 (see above). It suggests that datacentres have recognised that managed services can provide a significant shift in value creation for their businesses, and many are poised to launch new products. However it also says that a number of challenges confront datacentres in achieving significant presence in this sector.
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BroadGroup believes that success will also depend upon the outcome of a debate in the enterprise sector, focused on the continued explosion in data with the need for off-site storage and archiving, and the migration to a single IP network by the enterprise.
As the managed services market matures in Europe, BroadGroup forecasts that providers will be at the centre of further strategic roadmaps by datacentre operators, confronting the need for scale on one hand, and shifting from a fill-in service to a fully fledged player on the other.
Other key drivers identified in the report that datacentres will need to accommodate include enterprise requirements for email archiving; the opportunities arising in third party management through convergence trends; and the rise of software as a service.