Organizations will need to change the structure and role of data centers in order to support the emerging digital world created by trends such as cloud computing, mobility and the Internet of Things, according to Gartner Inc.

"For over 40 years, data centers have pretty much been a staple of the IT ecosystem," Rakesh Kumar, managing vice president at Gartner, said in a statement. "Despite changes in technology for power and cooling, and changes in the design and build of these structures, their basic function and core requirements have, by and large, remained constant.”

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