In a modern, data-driven economy, business success—or conversely, business struggles—often equate directly to how well a company maximizes the value of its data. As businesses require more from their data and the IT teams that manage that data, IT leaders need to rethink what they require from their data storage infrastructure. The scale of today’s digital demands—the increase in business-related needs—surpasses what IT can accomplish in any one location, whether it is on- or off-premises, in the cloud, or in the data center. Distributed operations across public cloud services and private data centers will continue to be the essential mode of operations for the foreseeable future. Businesses must improve their agility and operational efficiency across their entire IT infrastructure, including within the data center, with more automation, better security, and with seamless integration with cloud services. To gain insight into these trends, ESG consolidated insights from multiple research studies covering hundreds of IT professionals at organizations in North America (US and Canada) responsible for evaluating, purchasing, managing, and building infrastructure. Learn more about Dell Technologies solutions powered by Intel®.