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Servers and Virtualization Study: Wave 14

Big Data and Business

Analytics

This report captures IT professionals’ adoption plans, projected spending, vendor short-lists and

considerations in decision-making for ‘big data’ and business analytics, covering big/unstructured data

analytics and real-time, in-memory analytics.

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About TheInfoPro’s Servers and Virtualization Study

TheInfoPro’s Servers and Virtualization Study takes an in-depth look at key industry trends and tracks the

performance of individual vendors. Now in its 10th year, this study was finalized in August 2014 and is based on

192 interviews.

TheInfoPro’s methodology uses extensive interviews with a proprietary network of IT professionals and key

decision-makers at large and midsize enterprises. Each interview explores several fundamental areas, including

the implementation and spending plans for technologies, evaluations of vendors observed from business and

product perspectives, macro IT influences transforming the sector, and factors affecting decision processes.

Results are collated into comprehensive research reports providing business intelligence in the form of

technological roadmaps, budget trends and vendor spending plans and performance ratings.

Examples of Vendors Covered in the Study

BMC Software

Brocade

CA

Cisco

Citrix

Dell

EMC

Emerson

HP

IBM

Microsoft

Novell/Attachmate

Oracle

Puppet Labs

Red Hat

ServiceNow

SolarWinds

Symantec

Teradata

Uptime Software

VCE

Veeam Software

VMTurbo

VMware

About the Authors

Peter ffoulkes

is Research Director for Cloud Computing, Enterprise Platforms and Infrastructure Software. On the leading

edge of IT transitions since 1980, ffoulkes has focused his vendor experience on the technologies required to build

datacenter environments that are the foundation of cloud-ready datacenters for enterprise, service providers and

high-performance computing. His research focuses on how consumers and vendors manage the transition from static and siloed IT

organizations to dynamic, service-based environments that empower responsiveness to rapidly changing business conditions.

Nikolay Yamakawa

is an Analyst at 451 Research, where he identifies trends, relationships and synergies within and across

key IT sectors, including servers and virtualization, cloud computing, storage, networking, information security and

convergence. Prior to joining 451 Research, Nikolay served as a Research Manager for four years at International Access

Corporation's Washington DC and Tokyo offices. He also worked at Nomura Research Institute in New York and at

PricewaterhouseCoopers in Moscow.

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Guide to Servers and Virtualization Study Reports

A wave of research produces a series of reports that are published approximately in this order:

Source: Servers & Virtualization – Wave 14 |

2014/2015 SERVERS AND

VIRTUALIZATION OUTLOOK AND

METRICS

IT professionals describe how 2014 and 2015 look for budgets, projects and pain points, with time series charts to give perspective to the coming year. Also benchmarking organization efficiency, this report contains metrics about the number of internal employees, IT structure changes, and how efficiency is measured.

BIG DATA AND BUSINESS ANALYTICS

This report captures IT professionals’ adoption plans, projected spending, vendor short-lists and considerations in decision-making for ‘big data’ and business analytics, covering big/unstructured data analytics and real-time, in-memory analytics.

REFERENCE TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP

Allowing comparison of all 26 technologies tracked in the study, this high-level reference contains the Technology Heat Index, the Adoption Index, leading vendor tables, overall technology roadmap and spending charts. It also indicates what is included in the more detailed reports based on each technology segment covered in the study.

SERVERS AND VIRTUALIZATION

INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNOLOGY

ROADMAP

Capturing IT professionals’ adoption plans, projected spending and vendor short-lists, the in-depth roadmap covers 10 technologies, including: x86 rack/blade servers, micro servers, Linux OS software, converged infrastructure, database, business analytics and cloud appliances. This report was previously called the Server Hardware Technology Roadmap.

SERVERS AND VIRTUALIZATION

SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP

Capturing IT professionals’ adoption plans, projected spending and vendor short-lists, the in-depth roadmap covers 16 software technologies including: system monitoring, VM monitoring, CMDB, policy-based provisioning, service catalogs and commercial or open source cloud orchestration stack.

VENDOR VULNERABILITY AND

SPENDING

This report allows you to compare IT professionals’ spending intentions and loyalty ratings for 10 vendors.

VENDOR MARKET WINDOWS AND

RATINGS

TheInfoPro’s unique Market Window uses IT professionals’ ratings of vendors on 14 separate criteria to calculate scores for Vendor Promise and Vendor Fulfillment, allowing comparison of vendors’ effectiveness at strategy, marketing, delivery and execution.

CUSTOMER ASSESSMENTS FOR

INDIVIDUAL VENDORS

Summarizing IT professionals’ assessments for each of eightspending, vulnerability and ratings on 10 categories. Time series are included. vendors, this report profiles individual vendors based on

NARRATIVES

Compiling open-ended commentary from in-depth interviews with IT professionals, you hear the direct ‘voice of the customer’ discussing technology, the industry and the future of this sector.

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Table of Contents

About TheInfoPro’s Servers and Virtualization Study

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Principal Findings

5

Big/Unstructured Data Analytics

6

Real-time/In-memory Analytics

11

Appendixes

Methodology, Sample Variation, Demographics

19

How to Interpret the Data

21

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Each individual report summarizes interesting portions of TheInfoPro’s Wave 14 Servers and

Virtualization Study and does not comprehensively review the hundreds of pages of research

that form the full study.

For access to TheInfoPro’s reports and services, please contact

sales@451research.com.

Methodology questions may be addressed to

client.services@451research.com.

451 Research, a division of The 451 Group, is focused on the business of enterprise IT

innovation. The company’s analysts provide critical and timely insight into the competitive

dynamics of innovation in emerging technology segments. Business value is delivered via daily

concise and insightful published research, periodic deeper-dive reports, data tools,

market-sizing research, analyst advisory, and conferences and events. Clients of the company – at

vendor, investor, service-provider and end-user organizations – rely on 451 Research’s insight

to support both strategic and tactical decision-making.

TheInfoPro, a service of 451 Research, is widely regarded as ‘The Voice of the Customer,’

providing independent, ‘real world’ intelligence on key IT sectors including Servers and

Virtualization, Information Security, Networking, Storage and Cloud Computing. Using

one-on-one interviews conducted within a proprietary network composed of the world’s largest buyers

and users of IT, TheInfoPro provides data and insights that are used for strategic planning,

technology benchmarking, competitive analysis, and vendor selection and negotiation.

Reproduction and distribution of this publication, in whole or in part, in any form without prior written permission is forbidden. The information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. 451 Research disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although 451 Research may discuss legal issues related to the information technology business, 451 Research does not provide legal advice or

services and their research should not be construed or used as such. 451 Research shall have no liability for errors, omissions or inadequacies in the information contained herein or for interpretations thereof. The reader assumes sole responsibility for the selection of these materials to achieve its intended

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