Key Trends Driving Enterprises Toward the Future of Digital Infrastructure in 2021

By 2022, 46% of an enterprise’s products and services will be digital or digitally delivered, increasing the business’ reliance on infrastructure (compute, storage, networking) to support more than traditional business applications. Timely access to innovative infrastructure resources —both shared and dedicated —will be imperative to sustain the adaptive, resilient, secure, and compliant digital business models of the future.

This means enterprises will rely more and more on access to resilient and trusted infrastructure at the physical and logical levels, regardless of operational location (e.g., core datacenter, cloud, or edge). As organizations transition to digital infrastructure solutions, IDC makes the following predictions about their future business decisions: By the end of 2021, 80% of enterprises will put a mechanism in place to shift to cloud-centric digital infrastructure, twice as fast as before the pandemic.

By 2023, an emerging digital infrastructure ecosystem will be the underlying platform for all IT and business automation initiatives anywhere and everywhere. By 2024, 80% of enterprises will overhaul relationships with infrastructure providers to better execute their digital strategy, seeking ubiquitous deployment of resources and more autonomous IT operations.

For these predictions to come to fruition, a significant amount of change is still required within enterprise infrastructure ecosystems. This IDC Technology Spotlight examines five key trends that enterprises should be focused on throughout 2021 to accommodate and serve customer needs (both external and internal).


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