8. The multi-hypervisor data centre continues to grow.
Just as many enterprises have found single-vendor strategies for operating systems and hardware do not make sense for them in an agile world, a single vendor for virtualisation doesn't either. Multiple vendors for virtualisation will continue to proliferate in enterprise data centres in 2013.
9. The operating system remains the foundation of the IT infrastructure.
The operating system has served as the cornerstone of traditional IT for decades. As organisations continue to move to the cloud in 2013, the operating system will continue to deliver a critical foundation.
10. New business models will emerge.
Gone are the days when enterprise customers just want a channel partner to fulfill a product need. They truly want trusted advisers: partners that can guide them through technology industry changes and help provide them with competitive differentiation in their market or industry.
Paul Cormier is President of Products and Technologies, Red Hat.
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