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The market in data center and cloud technologies is still evolving, and is characterized by proprietary technologies that only have a rudimentary ability to support cross-platform interoperability. The fundamental requirement of the IT resources is that these are used efficiently and effectively to deliver the services needed by business when they need them.


  • The role of management technologies is pivotal to operating multi-modal IT efficiently and effectively.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn why the role of management technologies is pivotal to operating multi-modal IT efficiently and effectively
  • Discover how storage and data protection are demonstrating how cloud and on premise capabilities are co-existing
  • Understand why the role of infrastructure hardware and operating environments are acting as the bridge between the traditional IT and the newer on-demand economies

Key questions answered

  • Why must application performance monitoring cover all types of applications and use cases if it is to be effective?
  • Why will automation continue to challenge the trust of CIOs and business users alike?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Business trends and technology enablers

  • Being ready for multi-modal IT

The role of management technologies is pivotal to operating multi-modal IT efficiently and effectively

  • Moving capacity planning from an annual event to a continuous process
  • Application performance monitoring must cover all types of application and use case
  • Energy management is raising its profile in the enterprise
  • Automation will continue to challenge the trust of CIOs and business users alike
  • Operational analytics will be the catalyst for improved IT transparency
  • VDI will be resurgent in 2016 as new graphics capabilities drive more use cases

Storage and data protection demonstrate how cloud and on-premise capabilities are co-existing

  • Database as a service (DBaaS) is establishing itself as an ambassador of cloud services
  • Continuous data protection is replacing backup and recovery as organizations look to utilize assets more effectively

Infrastructure hardware and operating environments are the bridge between traditional IT and newer on-demand solutions

  • The re-emergence of virtualization in the form of containers will gain momentum in 2016
  • Hyper-converged infrastructure market will expand beyond its SMB core customer base in 2016

The software-defined market and DevOps are radically altering the operational duties and processes used by corporate IT

  • Managing the velocity of change is the number-one operational concern for 2016
  • DevOps will continue to expand and become a mainstream activity in 2016


  • Further reading
  • Author

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