IDC expects 2016 to be the Year of Platforms – IDC Asia Pacific held its fourth Asia/Pacific Telecom Summit titled “Connecting the Next Billion Users: An Opening Industry” at Singapore, 19-20 November 2015, sharing insights on the telecom industry’s shifting focus from CAPEX-driven infrastructure toward OPEX dominated software and services.
IDC dubbed 2014 as the year of continued infrastructure build to bring services closer to customers. 2015 was all about moving to 'Open’ in recognition of the shift towards Open Source technologies, Open Innovation, Open APIs driving new segments like IoT (Internet of Things) and towards the end of proprietary interfaces and better interoperability. The shift to ‘Open’ happened and Software-Defined Networks, Data Centers and Open Source were listed as the most sought technologies in the enterprise for 2015/16. 2016 is the year of the platform”, says Dustin Kehoe , Head of Telecom Practice, IDC Asia Pacific, a platform-based approach between telecoms and other competitors in their ability to link through storage, network and compute into an infrastructure that is software-defined. Platforms will extend even down to the data center infrastructure layer. Platforms will be able to resolve unaddressed areas of the market such as the general lack of orchestration to move workloads between networks and clouds.
Within the context of a Year of the Platform for 2016, some of the key IDC predictions include:
- By 2017, over 65% IT organizations will implement Hybrid IT Environments that leverages in-house and external 3rd party assets housed in off-site data centers.
- By 2016, 15% of Enterprises will have implemented a Software-Defined SD-WAN vendor solution or Cloud-based Managed Solution. This figure will jump to 60% by 2019.
- By 2018, more than 70% of enterprises will access public cloud IaaS and SaaS capabilities via aggregation hubs operated by network or interconnect providers
- Other predictions addressed opportunities in emerging market, cutting edge NFV capabilities, enabling technologies for Digital Transformation, the Mobile Enterprise and Customer First; for carriers.
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Source: Press Release - Asia/Pacific Telecom Summit 2015: Singapore, 25 November, 2015