2011: The year of transformation

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01-January-2011

2011: The year of transformation

The coming year will be the year of transformation with ICT infrastructure at the heart of all activity and spending in Australia.

Sydney, Australia, December 6, 2010. IDC has announced its 2011 predictions for the ICT infrastructure market. 2011 looks set to be another exciting year in ICT and infrastructure will once again provide the necessary foundations from the consumer all the way up to the largest enterprise for a range of new developments. The dominant theme will be ‘transformation’ as organisations look to new solutions, not just to cut costs but also to innovate and differentiate. While consumers will demand a unique and compelling experience with any new purchases.

“2011 will be a significant year for IT as businesses decide on what form their IT infrastructure must take. Balancing the demands of the CXO with the line of business will see IT build on technology that is cost effective, shared, scalable and measurable, towards flexible and repeatable systems.” said IDC’s Infrastructure senior program manager Matt Oostveen.

“There is an information explosion taking place that is being accelerated by the multitude of devices contributing to the digital universe, from media tablets to handhelds, speed cameras to RFID,” said IDC’s Matt Oostveen. “While much of this information creation sits outside of the enterprise, most of it is enterprise liable meaning businesses must continue to spend on their internal systems,” continued Oostveen.

Senior analyst Trevor Clarke said, “Consumers are also looking at a smorgasbord of devices to choose from in 2011. And not only will they be able to get their hands on new products like media tablets, they will see the traditional form factors of the notebook and desktop get a welcome facelift. Lucky for them and their hip pocket, IDC also expects some aggressive pricing throughout the year as competition remains high and vendors seek to gain market share.”

The following 10 predictions are based on IDC’s extensive and unparalleled quantitative data that is collected from thousands of sources across the Australian marketplace and enhanced by the experience and breadth of qualitative insight of the Australian and global infrastructure team.

IDC Australia Infrastructure 2011 Predictions

1. The wide-scale deployment of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions will ramp up as organisations look to alleviate end user environment costs and leverage virtualised server infrastructure

2. Managed Print Services (MPS) will be the game-changing trend for the Hardcopy Peripherals Market in 2011, replacing consumables as the new pot of gold

3. Heavily marketed mobile printing technology will spur curiosity in the SMB market but the solutions will remain a niche play

4. Bigger will prove to be better as large format displays will gain more traction and lower price points will help fuel widescreen format display growth

5. 1 in every 5 x86 servers shipped in Australia will run Linux

6. Hardware Appliances will make a successful comeback as vendors continue to look to streamline infrastructure architectures

7. The all-in-one desktop PC will keep the desktop alive in 2011, as touch screen enabled offerings drive renewed interest in the declining category

8. Under pressure from media tablets, a slew of new hybrid devices will give the notebook market a facelift and help stave off cannibalisation

9. Converged Infrastructure will become a primary driver in the Australian Server market10. The rise of media tablets will for the first time pitch IT, smartphone and other vendors against one another in a fast growing convergence battlefield

(NB. Predictions are in no particular order.)

Source : IDC.com.au

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