This IT strategic insight report "Data Center Infrastructure and Cloud Computing Considerations in Retail", analyzes the challenges and opportunities regarding data center upgrades and the usage of cloud computing in retail. Spending forecasts are provided for servers, storage, systems management software and public cloud services, as well as strategic advice for IT vendors and retailers. —
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Retailers are highly dependent on IT infrastructure for running key business applications and creating a competitive customer experience through innovative technologies. Since they are under a growing pressure to keep operating costs at bay while also launching various innovative solutions for maintaining competitiveness, retailers require updates to their IT infrastructure. Outdated servers, storage, networking and software need to be refreshed so that higher capacity, agility and scalability can be achieved at a lower or comparable cost.
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- Most retailers look to implement a hybrid cloud solution that integrates on-premises and hosted environments in order to take advantage of scalability and cost-efficiency while also meeting data compliance requirements Although vendors tend to focus more on advances on the software side, retailers are still heavily hardware-focused and aim to maintain their own datacenter resources so that they can remain in control over their IT and meet compliance requirements
- Retailers continue to invest in server and storage infrastructure, however the ongoing shift towards public cloud services leads to a gradual decline in hardware spending
Reasons to buy
- Gain insight into retailers' data center infrastructure and cloud computing priorities. This reports helps you to structure your retail specific infrastructure strategy, and is especially useful for vendors that offer servers, storage, networks or cloud services.
List of Tables
Table 1: Retailers’ global spending on Ethernet, WLAN and WAN technology (in US $ millions) 13
Table 2: Retailers’ global spending on server and storage hardware (in US $ millions) 28
Table 3: Retailers’ global spending on selected systems management software (in US $ millions) 29
Table 4: Retailers’ global spending on public cloud services (in US $ millions) 30
List of Figures
Figure 1: Retail IT environments are becoming more complex 3
Figure 2: Ethernet and WAN drive growth in retail switches and routers 13
Figure 3: Fog computing moves analytics to the edge 15
Figure 4: Hypervisor and VM based virtualization vs. container based approach 18
Figure 5: Considerations for retailers in developing their cloud strategies 21
Figure 6: Software as a Service accounts for the majority of cloud spending but platforms are growing faster 30
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