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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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  • Stéphane Téral, Michael Howard, Clifford Grossner, Stelyana Baleva | January 17, 2019
    Already known for the innovative capabilities that propelled its cloud and SDN/NFV ascension over the past decade, Netcracker, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, never rests on its laurels and keeps pushing the envelope. This time around, though, the bar was lifted very high. Netcracker has developed and launched a new cloud-based service that essentially includes everything the company has in its OSS/BSS product and services offering. Named Business Cloud, the platform leverages Netcracker’s cloud-based SDN/NFV and IT portfolio—from VNFs to orchestration, OSS, BSS, portals, and a digital marketplace—and offers the complete set as a service to whoever needs to build a cloud infrastructure to turn up new digital services. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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  • January 15, 2019
    In the mid-2000s, Inspur (formerly Langchao) started a multi-year transformation from small software and outsourcing company to server vendor. Microsoft was an early investor, paying $25M for an undisclosed share of the company in 2005. By 2016, Inspur had garnered 5% of global server shipments, growing that to 8% in 2017 and 9% in 2018 (based on 1Q–3Q 2018), showing ambitions to grow in North America. However, even after opening a factory in California in 2015, sales in North America have remained modest with Inspur shipping less than 1% of 2016 and 2017 North American servers. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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  • Devan Adams | January 04, 2019
    KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2018 was held in Seattle, Washington, from 10 to 13 December. Roughly 8K contributors, users, and partners from around the world attended the event. The keynotes featured presentations from Liz Rice, Co-Chair at Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF); Wendy Cartee, Senior Director at VMware; Chris Aniszczyk, VP/COO at CNCF; Lew Tucker, VP/CTO Cloud Computing at Cisco; Arun Gupta, Principal Technologist at Amazon Web Services (AWS); Jason McGee, VP/CTO at IBM Cloud; and several others. There were approximately 180 informational and training sessions primarily focused on containers and the development of other open-source projects for core and edge cloud networks; the event had 187 sponsors this year, compared to 40 during its inaugural year in 2016. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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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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  • 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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