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Corporate spending on servers, storage, software, and related tech gear won’t be as robust as expected this year, according to revised figures from market research firm Gartner. For the current year, Gartner’s number crunchers now expect worldwide IT spending on such things to grow 2.7%, down from the 3% growth it had earlier projected. The reason: political uncertainty in global markets has caused companies to think more before spending, according to Gartner’s latest report this week. The tech research firm did not specify the causes of uncertainty, but all signs point toward the U.K.’s decision to opt out of the European Union—commonly referred to as Brexit—and Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as two major sources.
Citrix is working with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Atlantis Computing to develop new hyper-converged infrastructure appliances that automate the deployment, updating, and management of virtual desktops and applications. The company also unveiled an expansion of its partnership with Microsoft that allows clients to gain remote access to their applications and run Windows 10-based virtual desktop images via the Azure cloud.
Forbes: Server CPU Predictions For 2017
2017 promises to be an exciting year for servers and the competitiveness of compute offerings. This year will see this scope of impact not only include enterprise datacenters and the public cloud, but extend to the emergence of "edge computing". Edge computing is defined as compute required to deal with data at or near the point of creation. Among other things, these devices will include the “ocean” of remote, smart sensors, commonly included in internet of things (IoT) discussions.
If you're a C-seat at a small- or medium-sized business, one truism is more true than ever: The cloud is your friend -- in fact, the cloud may be the best friend a CxO can have in times like this. Indeed, public clouds like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform offer a dizzying array of services that can seem confusing and overwhelming to a business of your size. All three of these major players are vying for your IT spend; they are trying to inspire your confidence not just to transact with them, but ultimately, to move more and more of your on-premises infrastructure to their datacenters. Look, we all know you aren't going to move whole hog to the public cloud tomorrow. There may be some very good reasons why you have to maintain a substantial amount of on-prem infrastructure, perhaps indefinitely. But that does not mean the cloud isn't a critical pressure-relief valve.