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April 2016

Defining the datacentre needs of 21st century enterprises

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Enterprise-owned datacentres are becoming an increasingly scarce sight in the IT world, as businesses move to outsource their infrastructure requirements to the colocation and cloud provider communities. As part of this journey, IT leaders need to work out how much (and which parts) of their infrastructure make most sense to keep in-house or shift off-premise, from both an economic and business agility perspective. Should they retain a private datacentre for mission-critical, legacy applications and continue to shoulder all of the building and management costs that entails, or off-load it to a colocation facility, where they can choose to get someone else to manage it for them? Alternatively, is it time to consider getting out of hardware ownership altogether, and ramp up their use of cloud-based infrastructure services instead? This guide is designed to provide IT leaders with some insight into how their peers are addressing these problems through the use of cloud and colocation, and shine a light on how the analyst community sees the role of the datacentre changing over time.

Table Of Contents

  •  Cloud vs. Colocation: Why both make sense for the enterprise right now
  •  AWS at 10: How the cloud giant shook up enterprise IT
  •  Life on the edge: The benefits of using micro datacenters

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