Ways to be prepared for a future-proof infrastructure

We predict that edge ecosystems, 5G and hybrid cloud will drive significant infrastructure changes in 2023.

Discover the trends in our 2023 infrastructure report


Ecosystems will power UK business to the edge

For large-scale projects, such as smart cities or industrial IoT, to work organisations will need multiple-vendors with specialist edge knowledge and capabilities. Demand for computing ecosystems will grow out from the needs of modern business. For instance Gartner predicts 25 per cent of supply chain decisions will be made across intelligent edge ecosystems by the end of 2025.


of UK businesses collaborate on computing ecosystems 1


Connectivity will be about more than a mast

The 5G rollout is the UK is increasing as Multi-Access Edge Computing Environments are emerging. Expectations around connectivity will grow as businesses begin to understand the efficiencies gained through mobile connectivity. Businesses wanting to use these technologies will need direct connectivity to top cloud providers at the same time as processing data locally for low-latency and cost-optimisation.


of UK businesses admit they struggle to understand how 5G connectivity relates to emerging technologies 2


Regional data centres will hog more of the limelight

New regional data centres will continue to be built with 20,000 sq ms added annually outside the M25 and Slough. The adoption of SaaS applications, AI technologies and the demand for edge infrastructure will increase the development of UK-wide edge computing platforms. This will change the way businesses operate and improve the quality of life for millions of people living outside the main metropolitan areas.


Increase in data centre revenue growth by 2025 3


Streaming will continue to outrun smart cars for now

The ability of edge computing infrastructure to support data-intensive content, along with personalisation through AI, will likely grow video streaming will by more than 20% between now and 2030. The development of smart vehicles is an exciting use case for edge computing, but is unlikely to be their break-out year.


of 2030 registered vehicles in the UK will be autonomous 4


UK business gets the tools to make hybrid cloud kick

Hybrid cloud is going to grow even faster in 2023. Hybrid architectures can be notoriously complex and costly to operate, but the advent of next-generation cloud management platforms is removing many of these drawbacks. Instead of watching costs rack up with no gain in performance, this is a year when more organisations will switch between environments according to their own requirements - not the cloud-provider's.

$262 billion

The amount the global hybrid cloud market will be worth in 2027 5


Massive data processing needs to de-couple from climate and ecological harms

Having authentic green credentials is likely to make a significant difference for data centre networks as 2023 unfolds. Potential customers will be looking for adoption of valid emissions-reductions frameworks such as the Science Based Targets initiatives' Net Zero Standard. This is the kind of robust and credible approach that enterprises will want to see so they are not accused of ignoring the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.



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