Ongoing Saugatuck dialogue with enterprise IT and business leaders, and with IT providers, suggests that we are on the cusp of a significant shift in business application usages and a resulting shift in how servers (and related offerings) are developed, delivered, and utilized within enterprises – and within Cloud providers’ platforms.

It’s not completely new in IT (what is?), but it does appear to indicate a rapidly-accelerating trend that will increasingly shape and re-shape enterprise IT buying patterns, and IT (including Cloud) providers’ business strategies and offerings, for years to come: Servers and software fully capable of general purpose workloads, but also including accelerators and optimizations for specific current and potential/likely future workload types.

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