Chapter 3. Will Big Data Make IT Infrastructure Sexy Again?

Moore’s Law Meets Supply and Demand

Love it or hate it, big data seems to be driving a renaissance in IT infrastructure spending. IDC, for example, estimates that worldwide spending for infrastructure hardware alone (servers, storage, PCs, tablets, and peripherals) will rise from $461 billion in 2013 to $468 billion in 2014. Gartner predicts that total IT spending will grow 3.1 percent in 2014, reaching $3.8 trillion, and forecasts “consistent 4 to 5 percent annual growth through 2017.” For a lot of people, the mere thought of all that additional ...

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