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The Top 10 News Stories Of 2020 (So Far)

Rick Whiting

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a steep economic downturn, the IT industry’s response to the social justice movement, an abandoned corporate takeover attempt, a possible spin-off, new technologies and old technology rivalries. It has been a very tumultuous 2020 – so far.

4. Everything-as-a-Service Continues To Gain Momentum

In 2019 a number of leading IT vendors, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell Technologies, embraced the concept of “everything-as-a-service” – providing IT on a pay-as-you-go basis. In 2020 the move to everything-as-a-service has accelerated with those early adopters expanding their everything-as-a-service programs and product portfolios even as more vendors jump on the bandwagon.

HPE has been a pioneer in everything-as-a-service with its GreenLake pay-per-use model. This year CEO Antonio Neri took steps to accelerate the vendor’s edge-to-cloud everything-as-a-service sales offensive in the wake of the economic disruption caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. In May the company debuted GreenLake Central, a self-service hybrid cloud portal that partners and customers use to manage GreenLake services. And in June the company launched a standardized set of “building block” GreenLake services, such as storage, private cloud and containers.

Cisco Systems is accelerating its research and development with an eye toward shifting the majority of its product portfolio to an as-a-service consumption model. That builds on the transformations the company has already undergone as it focuses on software, services and subscriptions – 78 percent of its software revenue is now generated through subscriptions.

NetApp and Cisco are bringing their FlexPod converged infrastructure technology to the channel in a new as-a-service offering. In July NetApp, as part of a major revamp of its partner program, introduced a new “X-as-a-Service” specialization for partners where “X” refers to infrastructure, storage and other IT that can be delivered as a service.

Lenovo’s Intelligent Devices Group in North America said it is developing a new Device-as-a-Service offering tailored for small and mid-size businesses. And Eaton is talking about providing partners with the ability to deliver power management-as-a-service using the company’s power management software.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN.

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