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Hype Cycle for Infrastructure Strategies, 2016

Published: 30 June 2016

ID: G00305999

Analyst(s): Nathan Hill , Philip Dawson


This Hype Cycle replaces the Virtualization Hype Cycle; it includes bimodal Mode 1/Mode 2 infrastructure, Internet of Things, software-defined anything, infrastructure as a service, platform as a service and container-based delivery. Infrastructure and operations leaders should expect disruptions.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Workload Security Control Isolation
    • Data Center Interconnect Fabric
    • Immutable Infrastructure
    • IoT Business Solutions
    • Dynamic Optimization Technology
    • Management SDS
    • OS Containers
    • Serverless Infrastructure
    • Composable Infrastructure
    • Edge Computing
    • Micro Operating Systems
    • Hyperscale Computing
    • IoT Platform
  • At the Peak
    • IoT Edge Architecture
    • Software-Defined Compute
    • Container Management
    • Software-Defined Perimeter
    • Internet of Things
    • Machine Learning
    • Software-Defined Security
    • In-Memory Computing
    • Software-Defined Data Center
    • Software-Defined Infrastructure
    • Infrastructure SDS
    • Server Software Appliance
    • Software-Defined Anything (SDx)
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Server-Side Client Graphics
    • Private Cloud Computing
    • Open-Source Cloud Infrastructure Framework
    • Private IaaS
    • Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery
    • Software-Defined Networking
    • Long-Distance Live VM Migration
    • V2P Server Management
    • High-Assurance Hypervisors
    • Virtualization Software Licensing
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Open-Source Virtualization Platforms
    • Introspection
    • DMZ Virtualization
    • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
    • IT Infrastructure Utility
    • Shared OS Virtualization (Nonmainframe)
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Virtualization
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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