Originally published to Data Center POST. 

Most individuals and companies operating in the data center sphere are keenly aware of the impact of cloud as a top trend to prepare for in 2019. At the heart of this new push towards the cloud is the need to fundamentally change the way data centers are being built and implemented in terms of functionality and distribution. As a result, the industry is moving to fill the gaps and meet the needs of the cloud in a host of ways, including changing from bespoke infrastructure to a more fixed-form approach and moving towards the edge. However, with every pivot the industry makes and with each new application, strategy or technology it incorporates, there remains one top concern: the ability to find suitably skilled employees even as the necessary skill sets evolve and the talent gap widens.

The cloud proliferates and enterprises are leaning more and more towards incorporating services from cloud providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google and more. A new data center landscape is shaping up to accommodate these new needs. The contemporary data center is no longer a mixture of shapes and sizes featuring unique, narrow-use deployments. Instead, commonality has become king with resource interchangeability being key to supporting the cloud and its shared infrastructure with efficiency.


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