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Why Your Vendor Doesn't Want You to Adopt Web-Scale IT

Published: 07 April 2014

ID: G00262459

Analyst(s): Adrian O'Connell


This document analyses the impact Web-Scale IT will have on the supply chain, and the resulting challenges for incumbent vendors. Data center managers should familiarize themselves with these market drivers and prepare for these disruptions.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • What Is the Current State of Enterprise Data Center Hardware Environments?
    • Variety
    • Reliability, Availability and Scalability Features
    • High Cost
  • What Would Web-Scale IT Hardware Platforms Look Like?
    • Scale-Out
    • Fit for Purpose
    • Commoditization and Open Platforms

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Web-scale IT will disrupt the traditional data center system value chain, challenging how infrastructure vendors deliver value to customers
  • Web-scale IT will erode the established data center system profit pools, which will force some vendors to rebalance their product portfolios
  • A new wave of suppliers will be increasingly viable for alternative sourcing options for data center requirements

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