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Featured Data: Hosting and cloud managed services spending growing faster than overall IT

2017 05 24 DCotW

According to the latest Voice of the Enterprise: Hosting and Cloud Managed Services study, enterprises expect growth in hosting and cloud services spending to outpace growth in overall IT spending by 25.8% to 12%. This trend applies across almost every vertical market and company size category, but is most pronounced among large businesses (1,000-9,999 employees), which expect an average of 33.3% growth in hosting and cloud services spending.

Adoption profiles differ significantly by company size in terms of both rate of adoption and drivers, which reinforces the idea that company size is not just a category distinction; it is indicative of markets with very different hosting and cloud services characteristics. This tells us there is an extremely compelling business case for specialization, and this is one of the reasons the hosting and cloud services market is served by such a wide variety of vendors and vendor types.

451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise: Hosting and Cloud Managed Services tracks and analyzes the disruption occurring in the market today and exposes the major opportunities for enterprises, IT vendors, suppliers and investors. In addition to the regularly quarterly topics, this latest survey focuses on enterprise IT budgets, including the portions focused on hosting and cloud services, and covers current spending and forecasts for 2017.

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Webinar May 17th: The State of Tech M&A in China

A decade ago, tech deal flow barely trickled into and out of China. While M&A in the world’s second-largest economy is still relatively small, it has dramatically accelerated in recent years, with the overall number of tech transactions in China having doubled over the past half-decade to a record level in 2016. Spending on deals also surged to unprecedented levels last year. However, there are some concerns about whether the M&A boom will continue. China’s currency has weakened, economic growth has slowed and relations with its main tech partner – the US – have soured. Will M&A falter, too?

Join 451 Research’s Brenon Daly, Agatha Poon and Tim Miller for a 45-minute webinar on the state of M&A in China now, as well as the outlook for the coming years. Reserve your spot today!

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Featured Data: One-third of total datacenter space in North America is off-premises

2017 04 26 COTW 02


As of year-end 2016, off-premises datacenters (MTDC & cloud) account for one-third of total datacenter space in North America. While enterprise-owned datacenters continue to account for the majority (66.8%) of total datacenter space, this growing share of off-premises sites indicates that growth of MTDC and cloud datacenters will come at the expense of on-premises infrastructure. By year-end 2020, the share of enterprise-owned datacenters will decline to 57.5%, while cloud-owned datacenter space is expected to surpass MTDC, accounting for 21.7% of the total.

Digital Realty Trust remains the leader among MTDC-owned datacenters in terms of net operational square footage. At year-end 2016, Digital Realty accounted for 14% of the North American MTDC market, followed by Equinix (5.4% share) and CyrusOne (3.6%).

Updated twice a year, 451 Research's Datacenter Monitor provides a historical and projected installed-base view of enterprise, cloud and MTDC datacenters split by region, company size and datacenter type in terms of facilities count, space, racks and UPS power. Updated quarterly, the Datacenter KnowledgeBase is a database of more than 4,700 MTDC facilities covering over 100 metrics per site, including facility location, capacity metrics (space, UPS power, racks) and revenue.

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The 451 Group: Focused on long-term sustainable, profitable global growth

The 451 Group, which consists of 451 Research and Uptime Institute, is a top 5 technology research and advisory firm. We are independent, profitable and have experienced double-digit organic revenue growth every year, including in 2016. Over the last six years we have made six acquisitions. We have recently launched several new, innovative products such as Voice of the Enterprise and invested in building our Global Digital Infrastructure Alliance of IT decision-makers, which now stands at over 60,000 strong worldwide.

The 451 Group has consistently invested in our people. In the last year alone, we added 26 analysts to our client-facing research and advisory teams. We now have over 360 employees. Our team is strong and growing with a global focus. We pride ourselves on hiring analysts who are experienced and can go deep.

Our strategy is to lead, not follow the market. As a rapidly expanding firm with a high employee retention rate, good business principles make it necessary to evolve our business and research coverage. As the entire technology market is disrupted as a result of pervasive digital transformation, new growth markets emerge and we have to ensure we are investing in the areas most important to our customers’ needs today and in the future. Yesterday, we unfortunately had to say farewell to eight of our analysts. 451 Research does not take these decisions lightly. Part of the reduction was in research areas where interest and demand has waned, and we also considered other business factors.

Over the past 12 months, we have dramatically expanded our coverage of the IoT market and made significant additional investments in our Managed Services, Security, Software and DevOps coverage. This quarter we launched our Customer Experience & Commerce and Workforce Productivity & Compliance practices. We also launched our premium M&A KnowledgeBase, which better visualizes emerging trends leveraging our private company database.

Our organization has profound respect for all individuals who have contributed to the success of 451 Research over the past 18 years of our business. The company goes forward with more than 125 analysts.

451 Research and its management remain committed to our strategy of sustained, profitable and long-term global growth and serving the needs of our valued clients today and in the future.

Michelle Bailey, Chief Research Officer
Brett Azuma, EVP Research

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Featured Data: Q2 shows strongest IT spending outlook among US businesses since 2011

2017 04 19 COTW


The latest Voice of the Connected User Landscape (VoCUL) corporate survey shows major improvements in US business IT spending for the second quarter of 2017. Spending is up a net nine points since the previous survey in November 2016, building on the four-point improvement we saw in that period. The latest findings represent the best IT spending growth rate in six years.

More than one-in-five (21%) survey respondents report that their company's IT spending will increase for the second quarter of 2017 – up five points from our previous survey. Meanwhile, just 14% of respondents say their IT spending will decrease (or there will be none at all) in Q2, which represents a four-point improvement – and the best level since 2007.

Of the 10 IT spending categories tracked in the survey, Software: Enterprise Applications (change in net score is +5) and Application Development Software/Tools (+5) are showing the biggest spending increases.

This survey encompassed 1,428 respondents from 451 Research's VoCUL leading indicator panel who are involved with IT spending in their organization. The February 2017 survey focused on overall IT spending, as well as corporate demand for smartphones, tablets and PCs.

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