In the new normality dictated by the digital economy, and made more urgent by the emergency health, the degree of competitiveness of the enterprises will depend on what IDC defines the… digital reach, that is, the ability to manage digital services from the core to the

A key requirement for digital reach is the extension of IT infrastructure from core all the edge.

All companies will need to develop the ability to deploy IT resources quickly near where data is generated.

By 2023 IDC expects that more than 50% of the new IT infrastructure that companies will install will be built on edge sites rather than centralized data centers, compared to less than 10% today.

Businesses today have the opportunity to provide more personalised products and/or services, increase efficiency and enable better experiences in general.

This enormous potential depends, however, on the IT infrastructure, which will increasingly have to extend outside the data centers to reach the peripheral points where innovation comes to life.

The need to reduce latency, ensure local resilience and data sovereignty are the main reasons behind the distribution of IT infrastructure in critical areas.

The reasons for implementing IT services at the edge are rapidly shifting from meeting customers’ expectations and convenience (think of Netflix and content release) to supporting critical resources (think of augmented reality assisted surgery or autonomous vehicles).

The infusion of IT into all aspects of our lives, where latency and the ability to process data even affect situations of life or death, will increase the need for resilient and safe edge sites.

Success in the era of digital transformation requires new reflections on the consumption of IT resources in increasingly intelligent sites.

These sites are the urban centres, hospitals, factories, transport centres and a wide range of areas where connected people or intelligent things could pass through.

Many IOCs, during their working life, have seen the pendulum of IT oscillate several times between the centralized and the decentralized model. What is different today is the focus of attention, which has gone from device management to service and results management. The choices of how infrastructure is acquired and distributed, managed and maintained, are transforming the role of IT organisations. Getting ready to manage IT at the edge will be the key to increase company speed, allow dynamic business downsizing and ensure greater operational flexibility even in situations of severe emergency.

The evolution of data centers and especially of business infrastructure in the digital economy will be at the heart of the IDC Digital Forum: Future of Infrastructure 2020, the new digital event that will be broadcast live streaming on June 23 from 9:30 to 13:15

With the participation of IDC analysts, leading experts in the sector and Italian companies leaders who will bring their experience, the event will be the occasion for the IOC and the IT departments of the company to understand the extent of the changes in place, the possible impacts on IT choices.

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