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Hype Cycle for Infrastructure Strategies, 2020

Published: 08 July 2020

ID: G00450228

Analyst(s): Philip Dawson, Nathan Hill


This Hype Cycle focuses on infrastructure architecture, automation/intelligence, AI/ML, IoT and hyperconverged innovations. Cloud- and container-based delivery and consumption models disrupt and provide opportunities for I&O leaders, while software-defined innovations are mature.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Distributed Cloud
    • Intelligent Platforms
    • Intelligent Infrastructure
    • Consumption-Based On-Premises Pricing
    • Immersion Cooling
    • Cloud-Tethered Compute
    • Funding Opex-Capex Balancing
  • At the Peak
    • Programmable Infrastructure
    • Edge Computing
    • Service Mesh
    • Immutable Infrastructure
    • Serverless Infrastructure
    • Site Reliability Engineering
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Composable Infrastructure
    • Software-Defined Compute
    • Infrastructure SDS
    • OS Containers
    • Internet of Things
    • Software-Defined Infrastructure
    • Hyperconvergence
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
    • Private Cloud Computing
    • In-Memory Computing
    • SD-WAN
    • Business Continuity Management Program Solutions
    • Cloud Computing
    • Cloud Management Platforms
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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