Enterprise datacentre infrastructure has not changed drastically in the past decade or two, but its use has. Cloud services have changed expectations for how easy it should be to provision and manage resources, and also that organizations need only pay for the help they are using.
With the right tools, enterprise data centers could become leaner and more fluid in the future as organizations balance their use of internal infrastructure against cloud resources to gain the optimal balance. To some extent, this is already happening, as previously documented by Computer Weekly.
The adoption of cloud computing has, of course, been growing for at least a decade. According to figures from IDC, worldwide spending on compute and storage for cloud infrastructure increased by 12.5% year-on-year for the first quarter of 2021 to $15.1bn. Investments in non-cloud infrastructure increased by 6.3% in the same period, to $13.5bn.