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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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  • Matthias Machowinski, Josh Bancroft | February 13, 2019
    Based on a survey of 292 network professionals at North American enterprises, IHS Markit explored the evolving requirements for enterprise edge connectivity, including WAN and SD-WAN.
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  • Timothy Munks | February 13, 2019
    Recent research from IHS Markit indicates that data center interconnections are the fastest growing segment for coherent transceivers. Currently, metro and long-haul DWDM equipment is used to connect data centers around the world, but metro and long-haul DWDM solutions are overkill to interconnect data centers in campus and urban metro areas. Metro-access DCI are point-to-point connections with fiber reach between 40 and 120 km, making it possible to use unamplified links at least to 100 km, well beyond the capabilities of direct detect datacom transceivers. Coherent telecom transceivers can be used, but they have higher performance than required, are more complex, and are generally offered at a higher price point. They also use proprietary SD-FEC modes that are not interoperable. In response to this, the Optical Interconnect Forum (OIF) has developed the 400G ZR MSA to define specifications for 400GbE transceivers optimized for 80–100 km unamplified links using a grey channel in the center of C band. There is also strong interest from telecom and cable service providers for a DWDM version of the 400G ZR, so the OIF developed a colored version of the 400G ZR specification.
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  • Michael Howard | February 04, 2019
    IHS Markit recently surveyed 25 leading telecom operators about the following four digital transformation technologies: operator priorities for automation; target use cases and drawbacks of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) projects; qualities and hindrances of blockchain; and open-source software versus standards.


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Global, in-depth look into off-premises cloud services, cloud service providers and enterprises that use the cloud for IT infrastructure and applications. Covers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Cloud as a Service (CaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).
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 and market segment, as well as market shares for key vendors.
Extensive examination of data center network equipment used by enterprises as well as by cloud and telecom service providers. Includes data center Ethernet switches, application delivery controllers, wide area network (WAN) optimization, Ethernet switches sold in data center bundles, storage area network (SAN) equipment and converged data center network equipment.
Detailed intelligence on the markets for rack power distribution units and for IT racks and enclosures. Examines product types, geographies, vertical markets and other key segments. Also includes topical reports on issues relevant to the data center infrastructure industry.
Global in-depth coverage of data center storage equipment and stand-alone software used by enterprises and cloud/telecom providers.
Critical insights into the market for optical equipment and components used by service providers, data centers and enterprises for metro as well as core network transport. Includes optical network hardware, optical transport network (OTN) and packet-optical hardware, data center optics, telecom optics and components, 100G+ coherent optical equipment ports and more.
Detailed analysis of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) deployed in service provider, data center and enterprise networks. Includes data center as well as enterprise SDN hardware and software, carrier SDN hardware, software and services, and NFV hardware.
Covering both UPS hardware and its service and support, provides industry-leading detail and comprehensive analysis across a number of key industry segments.


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  • Devan Adams | February 06, 2019
    The Cloud IT Infrastructure Vendor Scorecard profiles, analyzes and ranks the leading providers of off-premises cloud IT infrastructure services worldwide. This scorecard evaluates providers on criteria using actual data and metrics, such as direct feedback from operators, provider market share, share momentum, financials, brand recognition, reputation for innovation, and other benchmarks.
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  • Lucas Beran | February 01, 2019
    This is a complete report of the industrial UPS hardware market data, forecasts, and vendor shares. It uses 2017 as a base year with historical data for 2016 and forecasts to 2022.
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  • Clifford Grossner, Josh Bancroft | January 31, 2019
    The Data Center SDN Strategies North American Enterprise Survey analyzes the trends and assesses the needs of enterprises deploying software-defined networks (SDNs) in their data centers.
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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 Senior Research Director – Cloud & Virtualization, IHS Markit
    Dr. Cliff Grossner is a senior research director responsible for data center compute and networking, cloud services and SDN research at IHS Markit. He has more than 25 years of telecommunications industry experience encompassing scientific research, market analysis, corporate and product strategy, product management and marketing.
  • Icon Associate Director, Data Centers, Cloud & IT Infrastructure
    Liz is an associate director in the IHS Markit Cloud and Data Center Research Practice and manages syndicated and custom market research reports covering UPS hardware and service, rack power distribution units, IT racks and enclosures, containerized and modular data centers and colocation services.
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