Top Predictions for Enterprise IT in 2014

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Limited WAN bandwidth will stifle IT infrastructure convergence.

According to the InformationWeek 2014 Next-Generation WAN Survey, 68 percent of respondents say demand for WAN bandwidth will increase over the next year, but only 15 percent are expanding capacity. The gap between required bandwidth and available bandwidth is growing rapidly. As globalization accelerates, rolling out high-speed global networks to distant sites will be expensive and not possible in many parts of the world.

Companies want to realize efficiency gains by consolidating disparate assets into converged data centers, but this architecture is not viable for supporting locations with low-speed connections. For many global organizations, convergence will only succeed between high-bandwidth offices -- it will be DOA everywhere else. Instead, these companies will adopt infrastructure and systems management software that operates efficiently at multiple sites with narrow WAN connections.

Adaptiva, an award-winning provider of IT efficiency and systems management solutions, recently announced their 2014 predictions for the enterprise IT and systems management industries. Over the last year, IT budgets saw modest growth following a very lean 2012, with managers becoming more resourceful and extensively leveraging emerging technologies to reduce expenses and increase efficiencies. Businesses are placing more demands on enterprise IT than ever before, and technologies need to evolve to satisfy these needs.

"New technologies are providing dramatic efficiency gains in many areas," said Deepak Kumar, chief technology officer and founder of Adaptiva. "However, some innovations have raised unrealistic expectations. IT is now finding the limits of those technologies, causing managers to scale back overarching plans. They will leverage new trends strategically, complementing traditional tools and methodologies instead of uprooting them."

Adaptiva predicts the following three trends will shape the enterprise IT landscape in 2014.


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