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Top 10 System Management PredictionsMove over Letterman (and system management competitors)! KACE is offering its list of the top 10 predictions that will impact the systems management market in 2010. The KBOX developer has based its predictions on feedback from more than 1,400 deployments globally.

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Win7 Will Be Instant HitWindows 7 will become first Windows OS to see widespread deployment even before release of its first service pack. The vast majority of businesses have stayed with the nine-year-old Windows XP as their operating system of choice, skipping its successor, Vista. Organizations put off updating their Windows machines for as long as possible and now that Windows 7 has proved stable and is being favorably received by end users, the rush for IT organizations to update to Windows 7 will commence.

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Mac OS X To Double Market ShareVista’s failure and the growing popularity of Apple technology at home has paved the way for Mac adoption to push beyond its toehold in the enterprise and be taken seriously as an alternative OS to Windows. Mac OS X will make further inroads in the enterprise and will more than double its current market share. With the advent of cross-platform management tools, more IT organizations are lifting their restrictions of support for non-Windows operating systems, allowing an increased freedom of choice.

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VDI To Remain Niche MarketVirtual desktop technology (VDI) will meet limited success due to its complexity, expense and connectivity requirements and will see only niche market uses. New ‘virtual composite workspaces’ will emerge as a competing and more viable alternative. Virtual composite workspaces will deliver improved manageability along with increased accessibility and mobility for end users.

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Cloud Computing Euphoria To Dampen Security and management concerns will slow and dampen cloud computing euphoria. As more organizations seek to take advantage of cloud computing, they will need to grapple with issues surrounding data privacy, SLAs, management capabilities and more that will slow the adoption of the new computing paradigm. As a result, they will increasingly turn to hybrid cloud and on-premise enterprise solutions.

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Growing Focus On Desktop Power Consumption While the data center has been the main focus to date, desktop power consumption will become just as important as more organizations deploy new desktops and laptops with lower power consumption requirements and new power management technology that will allow them to reduce power usage through a wider range of power saving configurations.

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PC Refresh Cycle Spikes The global economic slowdown, coupled with the failure of Vista has driven many IT organizations to delay their normal PC refresh cycles. The new hardware requirements of Windows 7 will force organizations to accelerate their already pent-up demand for new desktops and laptops, leading to an earlier than PC refresh.

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Software Distribution To Go VerticalAs technologies such as application virtualization mature and Web applications continue to grow in popularity, the traditional method of software distribution will begin to quickly shift to a more vertical means. Setup.exe will become a legacy means to distribute applications.

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Web Apps New ThreatscapeWith the advent of e-mail security systems and increased end user awareness, the traditional e-mail attachment attacks will shift to popular Web-based services such as Facebook, Twitter and salesforce.com as hackers seek and find ‘holes’ in these Web-based applications.

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Mobile OS Mix-UpBlackberry, iPhone, Palm and now Android-based mobile phones have become mission-critical business tools and have moved beyond simple e-mail, contacts and calendaring. For enterprise IT departments, mobile management is key, but the growing disparity of mobile OS’ and lack of standardization will hamper desired enterprise management.

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Audit, Audit, Audit!The economic slowdown prompted both enterprise and consumer software vendors to increase license compliance audit activity and vigilance. These same vendors will increasingly develop increased audit capabilities directly into their products and deliver new tools to continue to more closely monitor and audit overall license usage.