April - 2013 - issue > View Point

Enterprise Operating Platforms in 2013: Big Data, Increased IT Importance, and the Rise of the Cloud OS

Jim Totton
Vice President & General Manager Platform Business Unit,-Red Hat
Monday, April 1, 2013
Jim Totton
Founded in 1993, Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) is an American multinational software company engaged in providing open-source software products to the enterprise community. Headquartered in Raleigh, the company has a market cap of $9.74 billion.

Enterprise IT continued to evolve in 2012 at a lightning-fast pace. Concepts like hybrid environments and cloud operating systems moved from being buzzwords that were discussed and planned for, to, in many cases, full-scale implementation.

Simultaneously, other trends began to take shape – trends that will heavily influence the way enterprises approach IT well into next year and beyond. These trends range from the way organizations handle big data to the ever-present need for mission-critical computing. They signify the rising importance of IT within the enterprise, and beg the answer to the question "What does the future enterprise platform really look like?"

The role of IT has never been more important within the enterprise. In a recent Gartner and Forbes survey of Board of Directors, the percent of respondents that rated IT's strategic business value contribution as high or extremely high doubled between 2010 and 2012. The rising expectations of executives require IT to be even more agile when addressing the needs of the business.

In response, we are seeing a trend towards convergence of compute, storage and network as integrated infrastructure in the next few years. Many organizations are also looking to standardize their infrastructure to become more efficient.

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