This IDC study provides a census of worldwide datacenters by size, sophistication, and ownership. It assesses the impact of changing industry business models as well as changing demand for systems of record, engagement, and insight on datacenter design, construction, and management. For larger organizations, the datacenter connotes the major, centralized, raised-floor environment that houses the majority of IT systems. In service provider environments, datacenters are the "factories" for delivering new services to consumers and businesses. In today's world of cloud, mobile devices, and intelligent industries, effective datacenter planning and management are critical to business success.
"IT hardware, software, and support and service providers must start preparing now for a steady shift of the IT assets they sell and service into third-party datacenters. Existing customers will demand more transition services while fast-growing service provider customers/partners will demand new product packaging and changes in financing and service contract models." — Richard Villars, vice president, Datacenter and Cloud