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Application Platform Trends Show That Cloud, Integrated Systems and Open Source Multiply Deployment Options

Published: 08 April 2013

ID: G00247427

Analyst(s): Mark Driver , Massimo Pezzini , Yefim Natis


Application platform deployment models proliferate, driven by cloud, evolving integrated systems and open-source adoption by mainstream enterprise IT. Selecting a proper mix of models will help application infrastructure managers lower costs, improve service quality and increase flexibility.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Cloud and hybrid platforms will present application infrastructure managers with more opportunities, but will require new insights in cloud technology and business models to avoid setbacks and project failures
  • Application platforms incorporated in integrated systems can provide better quality of service and can help lower IT operation costs, but may force application infrastructure managers to accept more vendor lock-in
    • IBM PureApplication System
    • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
  • The availability of mature, OSS application platforms provides application infrastructure managers with provider-independent deployment flexibility and lower costs if adequate skills are available

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