For digital transformation to work at the edge requires a host of new systems architectures, advanced technology capabilities, and a new innovation management mindset. No longer is it (or should it be) a given that the enterprise data center is largely an artefact of the legacy past, an anachronistic beast of burden to be borne by the business until it dies. No longer does the enterprise data center automatically need to take a back seat to co-location and cloud services providers. The reality is that today the cost:performance of the on-prem private-cloud data center can well thrust data center modernization and software-defined automation back to the future, a true value driver as the corporate “factory of the future”. Will these new economics mean a halt in the decline of on-prem space?