Two studies show the data center is thriving instead of dying


Once again research is showing that rumors of the demise of the data center are greatly exaggerated. One study shows across-the-board growth in IT spending, while a second predicts that the financial services sector is really set to explode.

Market research firm IHS Markit surveyed IT managers at 151 North American organizations and found that most of them expect to at least double the amount of physical servers in their data centers by 2019.

“We are seeing a continuation of the enterprise DC growth phase signaled by last year’s respondents and confirmed by respondents to this study. Enterprises are transforming their on-premises DC to a cloud architecture, making the enterprise DC a first-class citizen as enterprises build their multi-clouds,” wrote Clifford Grossner, senior research director in the cloud and data center research practice at IHS Markit.

In addition to doubling the number of physical servers by 2019, survey respondents said 73% of servers are expected to be running hypervisors or containers by 2019, up from 70% now. An interesting trend I wish they went deeper into was that 9% of servers are expected to be single-socket, up from 3% now.

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