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Enterprises around the world are increasingly looking to provision their compute power, storage and data by using on-demand services from cloud service providers. This shift, together with the demand to store media and other data, accounts for huge growth in the market for cloud services as well as data center equipment and services.

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  • Devan Adams | August 07, 2019
    As data-center switch vendors reduce their reliance of proprietary/custom silicon, merchant silicon use is expanding beyond white-box vendors to traditional vendor portfolios.
  • Lucas Beran | July 30, 2019
    IHS Markit’s second edition report on KVM Switches and Serial Consoles reports the global market to have been $724 million at the end of 2018. A relatively stagnant market since 2014, data center consolidation and the utilization of service processor management have been inhibiting factors for market growth. However, given product trends of KVM switches and serial consoles and the current data center landscape, there is reason for an optimistic market outlook.
  • Devan Adams | July 23, 2019
    The axiom that software is eating the world may still be true, but it’s also true that hardware isn’t going out without a fight—it is able to evolve over time and remain relevant. The days of incumbent hardware vendors like Cisco, Juniper, and Huawei relying solely on their R&D resources to develop their own chips in house are slowly fading. As noted in the IHS Markit Data Center Network Equipment Market Tracker – 1Q19, several drivers contribute to this trend. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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Navigate the cloud enterprise services market with detailed information on services, providers and purchasing officers. This service features an in-depth, global look at off-premises cloud and colocation services, cloud and colocation service providers, and enterprises that use cloud and colocation for IT infrastructure and applications. It covers infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud as a service (CaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS). It also tracks data center building worldwide and capex spend.
Understand the global market for data center compute equipment. This service features comprehensive coverage of data center compute equipment used by enterprises and cloud and telecom providers. Coverage includes data center servers and Ethernet network adapters by form factor (hyper-converged infrastructure, open compute) and market segment, as well as market shares for key vendors. It also details CPU architecture and adoption of coprocessors for accelerating artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Identify opportunities in the global market for data center network equipment. This service undertakes an extensive examination of data center network equipment used by enterprises and cloud and telecom providers. It includes data center Ethernet switches, application delivery controllers (ADCs), software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and storage area network (SAN) equipment. It also provides Ethernet switching purchases by port and market segment and adoption of data plane switching silicon by type.
Support product planning and procurement strategies with a systematic examination of the data center rack systems market. This service provides detailed intelligence on the markets for rack power distribution units and IT racks and enclosures. Find analysis by product type, power rating, rack dimension, geography, vertical market, sales channel and application. You also receive topical reports on emerging technologies relevant to the data center industry.
Gain unmatched visibility into data center storage equipment, software and strategies. This service delivers global, in-depth coverage of external-to-server data center storage equipment by type (arrays, JBOD, JBOF) and software-defined storage used by enterprises and cloud and telecom providers. It provides segmentation by media organization (file, block, object), physical storage technology (disk, flash) and controller port speed.
Gain critical insight into the market for optical networking equipment used by service providers and enterprises. This service features four proprietary trackers that detail global and regional markets for optical network hardware, DCI/packet-optical/OTN switching and transport equipment, data center optics and telecom optics.
Identify opportunities in the software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) markets. This service features four proprietary trackers that detail global and regional markets for data center and enterprise SDN hardware and software, carrier SDN hardware, software and services, and NFV hardware.
Gain a competitive edge in the world’s competitive UPS hardware and service markets. This service offers comprehensive tracking of the UPS hardware and service markets. Factors, including geography, power rating, vertical market, sales channel and service type, help clients better understand the competitive landscape and identify growth opportunities. Topical analysis on developing trends and technologies affords answers to both common and unique questions.


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  • Alastair Smith, Lucas Beran | July 24, 2019
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  • Matthew Kieffer | June 28, 2019
    This report presents the current standing of traditional vendors in the open infrastructure market. It covers three leading open infrastructure organizations: Open Compute Project, Open Data Center Committee (formerly Project Scorpio) and Open19. Specifically, this report focuses on their rack systems designs.
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  • Heidi Adams | June 28, 2019
    The Optical Network Hardware Vendor Scorecard evaluates the top optical network equipment vendors on criteria using actual data and metrics, including direct feedback from buyers, vendor market share, market share momentum, financials, brand recognition, reputation for innovation, and other benchmarks. This approach eliminates subjectivity and ensures vendors are assessed accurately and fairly.
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  • Icon Executive Director, Enterprise & IT
    Mr. Bill Morelli is the executive responsible for the Enterprise & IT research practice within the technology group at IHS Markit. He leads the team of analysts covering Transformative Technologies, including AI, cloud & virtualization, and IoT among others.
  • Icon Executive Director Research & Technology Fellow, IHS Markit
    Dr. Cliff Grossner heads the Cloud and Data Center Research Practice at IHS Markit.
  • Icon Associate Director, IoT and Smart Cities, IHS Markit
    Liz Cruz manages the IoT and Smart Cities technology research portfolios within IHS Markit.
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