On September 30th Microsoft released the name and a small set of features for its newest operating system, Windows 10. In the original blog announcement, Microsoft described the application of the new Windows 10 being centered around a “mobile-first, cloud-first world.” This description supports the recent shift in the enterprise IT paradigm from in-house data centers and IT support to outsourced IT through cloud services and IT consulting. By outsourcing IT, businesses are decreasing their IT expenses while increasing their businesses’ mobility. Microsoft also highlighted Windows 10’s flexibility and simplicity, describing it as being “one product family, with a tailored experience for each device” and having a single application platform for developers.
As businesses prepare for the release of Windows 10, which is slated for late 2015, they also ponder how to adapt to the inevitable infrastructural changes that are to come with this shift in how IT is delivered and the enterprise software that runs their devices.
Remote Data Access Will Decrease In-house Hardware
Cloud computing and data storage is no new concept. Mobility and flexibility of a business has become a necessity for competitive advantage. Windows 10 is promoting more fluid remote data access on all devices through cloud integration using a familiar user interface. As a result, cloud migration will continue to soar as businesses look to become leaner. In-house data centers with large servers will be replaced at the very least by microservers, and in-house IT support will be replaced by IT consulting firms.
This outlook is supported by recent data released by IC Insights and IBISWorld. IC Inisghts highlights a forecasted growth of 139% in microserver sales from 2013 to 2014, from $243 million in revenue to $580 million. It also predicts a compounded annual growth rate in microserver sales of 72% from 2012 to 2017. IBISWorld projects an annual growth rate of 4% for the IT consulting industry from 2014 to 2019.
Companies Will Upgrade Their Smaller Technologies
Companies may decide to get rid of their servers altogether and update smaller IT assets in an effort to decrease overhead and IT support expenses. Switching to smaller, more powerful IT assets also increases storage space while improving employee capabilities. In Microsoft’s blog, they announce that they have witnessed a 14% increase in enterprise PC shipments, and 33% increase in Windows enterprise tablet shipments in the first half of 2014 alone. Naturally, these new PCs and tablets are expected to run the new Windows 10 platform once it is released.
Where Will All the Old Technology Go?
While some companies look to dispose of their old IT assets, which may still be fully functional and valuable, to get ready for their change in infrastructure, other companies will be looking to capitalize on a more attractive secondary IT asset market. This creates opportunities for both sides. Companies selling their old IT technology can get cash back into their budget through IT asset recovery companies like IT Liquidators. On the other hand, companies looking to purchase IT equipment will be able to buy quality, used IT assets at a discounted price.
We recommend reselling over recycling your old or excess IT technology because it is better for the environment to extend the useful life of your IT assets. According to the Electronics Takeback Coalition, who retrieves their statistics from the EPA, the amount of e-waste generated by the U.S. has increased from 1.9 million tons in 2000 to 3.42 million tons in 2012.
In short, be sure to consider investment recovery before resorting to technology recycling or disposal during these times of change for your business’s infrastructure.
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