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Hype Cycle for Data Center Infrastructure, 2017

Published: 01 August 2017

ID: G00334282

Analyst(s): Henrique Cecci , Bob Gill , Ron Blair , David Cappuccio


Digital transformation is forcing I&O leaders to rethink the data center, as applications and data move externally to colocation, hosting, cloud and edge. Enterprises are demanding internal infrastructure capable of acting in concert with external resources as a part of a greater whole.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Edge Data Center Orchestration
    • Redfish Specification
    • Data Center Modeling and Simulation Tools
    • Data Center Interconnect Fabric
    • Energy Harvesting
  • At the Peak
    • Advanced Battery Technologies
    • Edge Computing
    • High-Temperature Servers
    • Open Compute Project Networking
    • Liquid Cooling Technologies
    • Advanced Power Technologies
    • Micro Data Centers
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • High-Density Racks (>100 kW)
    • Software-Defined Data Center
    • Software-Defined Infrastructure
    • Microgrids
    • Air Economizers
    • Modular Self-Contained Aisle and Racking Systems
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools
    • CFD Analysis
    • UPS Technologies
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Hot-Aisle and Cold-Aisle Containment
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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