Becoming an authentic digital company changes everything from the way the organization develops new products and services to how it interacts with customers and even, perhaps, what role it will play in the world. Interxion, a provider of independent data centers, has commissioned IDC to conduct a survey of 752 European companies to understand how the digitalisation boom as well as the public and hybrid cloud are affecting IT infrastructure and connectivity.
One of the main conclusions is that companies, whatever the phase of their digital path, are changing from a technology model with their own facilities to one in the cloud and with data center providers. Digital leaders are more advanced, divided equally between companies with an infrastructure of their own facilities and those that already have different models of technology outsourcing.
In addition, digital leaders are way ahead of other companies in using the hybrid cloud: 77% of them already use or plan to make use of the hybrid cloud , while half of the slower companies in their transformation process have no plans to implement the hybrid cloud.
Much of the IT burden is still housed in the companies’ internal data centers. This is despite the fact that managed IT and IT outsourcing services have been in place for a long time and are already spanning several technology cycles , two decades after the emergence of Internet data centers and web hosting services. However, this image is changing. Companies are gradually moving their IT outside the enterprise, either to third-party data centers or to the cloud. In fact, 50% of companies predict that the percentage of IT that is housed in their own data centers will be reduced over the next three years.This figure includes a small minority of 3% who foresee to stop using the internal data centers definitively.
The company’s own facilities will receive 8% less in 2019 (representing a relative reduction of internal IT load of 12%). This data includes the migration of existing workloads (in particular, closed corporate applications), as well as the new net capacity and workloads being implemented from scratch at third-party sites or in the cloud.
These are significant changes that will ultimately accelerate as the digital transformation and the hybrid cloud mature (as well as Big Data and analytics, social business, mobile applications and other workloads that best fit ” live on the internet “) and become the general rule. At this rate, internal data centers will become a minority option in the 2020s; In fact, in the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands, respondents predict that it will happen even before 2020.
In addition, 16% of medium and large companies today use a hi-cloud environment . In Spain it is 22%. In fact, 77% of the companies considered as Digital Leaders in Europe already use or plan to use this cloud mode, while half of the slower companies in their digital transformation process have no plans to implement the cloud hi-hat (Digital leaders have been defined as those companies for which achieving digital transformation is very important and that, furthermore, they are progressing rapidly towards that goal.)