The Market for Software Appliances: An Opportunity Poised for Growth

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Executive Summary

In the midst of an uncertain economy, end users are increasingly looking for simplicity in their IT solutions. The goal of streamlining operations will lead customers to more cost-effective solutions that can be readily "Plugged into" their existing environments. Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud computing streamline operations yet force customers to have a constant connection online and keep their data outside the firewall. Connectivity and security issues are natural inhibitors to these deployment options. Software Appliances (SWAs) are well suited to address these concerns because they can ease deployment challenges while maintaining software and data on premises.

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