451 Research_2011_CMYK copyThe New Year is quickly approaching and 451 Research’s team of expert analysts have been hard at work determining the key trends that the industry can expect to dominate the IT marketplace agenda in 2015. 451 today released its findings and predictions for just a handful of its 2015 Preview Reports, which have been completed for each of its 14 research channels.

Containers, convergence, cloud security, closets, crowd workers and coexistence are the disruptive trends that 451 Research says we’ll be hearing a lot of in the coming year. Take a look at a quick summary of the 6 C’s of 2015 below or head over to the full list.

6 C's of 2015, 451 Research

Containers – The increased activity around containerization, particularly Docker, will shake up IT departments in 2015. 451 analysts expect enterprises to adopt Docker to work alongside traditional VMs, as well as replace them in some cases, due to the management and efficiency advantages.


Convergence – The first signs of meaningful adoption of hyper-convergence are expected to take place this year. However, adjustments will need to be made by vendors and customers in order to reap the benefits of convergence. An altered product delivery approach on the vendor side and adjustments to customer operations can be expected.


Cloud security – Security spending is expected to reach near record levels again in 2015, which can be attributed to the growth in IT and mobility. New security products coming to the market match IT developments, as well as claim to complement existing products, leading enterprises to layer new and existing products in 2015.


Closets – Micromodular data centers will become a key execution venue and outer “edge” tier in the data center hierarchy. This trend is due to the fact that closets address the technical and commercial constraints of delivering and accessing data over wide-area and public networks by bringing processing and storage near the point on use and delivering complete, self-contained products.


Crowd workers – On-boarding and off-boarding, corporate communications, and time and task tracking will all be impacted by the growing disconnect between employees and the organizations employing them. This disconnect will lead companies to seek ways in which they can more effectively manage the continued change in workforce structure.


Coexistence – Changes in the data management landscape will lead to the rise of self-service data preparation tools. These tools will place data management directly into the hands of analysts, marketers and sales personnel and will decrease dependence on the IT department for data.

“While the 6 Cs are some of the more interesting trends, we have identified many others that will impact the way many do business in 2015 and beyond.” states Brett Azuma, SVP of Research, 451 Research. “Our analysis includes an assessment of the market impact, who stands to gain from these trends and most importantly, recommendations on how to capitalize on them.”

For more information on 451 Research and its 2015 Preview Reports, visit https://451research.com.