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The 10 Biggest Data Center News Stories Of 2018

CRN breaks down the biggest news stories of 2018 from the rise of software-defined data centers and hyper-converged infrastructure to innovations from Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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3. Rise Of Software-Defined Data Centers; Public Cloud Not The Answer

In the beginning of 2018, some believed that the public cloud signaled the demise of the data center. As the year comes to a close, nothing could be further from the truth as seen by public cloud titan AWS preparing to launch its own data center hardware next year. (More on AWS in the next slide.) The demand for new servers, storage and converged offerings remained high throughout 2018 as innovations like artificial intelligence and automation gave rise to the software-defined data center (SDDC). With high pubic cloud bills hitting businesses, many repatriated public cloud spending to SDDC offerings this year. According to a 2018 IDC survey, 80 percent of IT-decision makers migrated either applications or data that were primarily part of a public cloud environment to an on-premises or private cloud due to security, performance and cost concerns. These new software-centric centers are making life easier for manufacturers and solution providers while also unleashing new data and analytics opportunities.

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