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Lillian's Crystal Ball: virtualization, Linux, and 7 billion communication devices

Another guest post by Lillian Hull, Product Manager for Operations Manager on Linux and Operations Manager on UNIX.
- Peter

I had the pleasure of attending the 45th annual IDC Directions 2010 in Santa Clara, CA earlier this month with a few of my colleagues.  This is the third Directions I’ve been to personally, and it was well worth the time.  It was great to be able to take a step back from the daily minutiae and contemplate the forces that are shaping the IT industry as well as spend some time with analysts.  While 2009 was certainly economically challenging across the globe, it appears that there are at least some bright areas in 2010.  For example, in 2010, some of the interesting highlights around IT include:
1.  there are some 7 billion communication devices in place of which 5 billion are not computers and
2. there are 50 million servers in place and 50% of those are virtual (“ICT Outlook: Recovering into a New World”, IDC March 2010).  I am excited by the opportunities for monitoring all these devices to help people manage the future.

Server trends in the industry show that while the Windows market will most likely continue to grow, and the UNIX market is expected to be flat to declining, Linux is a significant player with the Linux ecosystem estimated at $25B market by IDC.  Aligning with the direction of the market, HP released Operations Manager 9.0 on Linux last September 2009 and is starting to see more and more customers introduce it into their IT environments.

So, looking into my crystal ball, the road ahead looks a bit smoother this year than last year for the IT industry.  Do you see what I see?

For HP Operations Center, Lillian Hull.

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