With Web 2.0, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and open source grabbing all of the headlines, launches of enterprise infrastructure software that were once major IT events now sometimes seem like forgotten affairs. Certainly the new millennium marked a downturn in interest for traditional, monolithic back-end software.
Yet, boosted by virtualization, there appears to be plenty of life in old-school offerings. According to its 2007 global IT market forecast, IDC Corp. predicts (PDF format) that spending on infrastructure software will grow 9% this year, faster than any other software category.
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