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Chief information officers (CIOs), senior IT leaders, and analysts are meeting in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 21-25 at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. The conference examines how technologies like cloud, social media and mobile are transforming the enterprise. Fred Donovan, senior editor of FierceEnterpriseCommunications, is on site at the conference, providing up-to-the-minute news and analysis.

Oct. 29

Gartner: VMware maintains dominance of server virtualization market
Orlando, Fla.-- VMware (NYSE: VMW) maintained its lead over Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Citrix Systems (Nasdaq: CTXS) in Gartner's 2012 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure report, posting high scores in both the completeness of its vision and its ability to execute in this market.

Check Point, Palo Alto lead enterprise network firewall market, says Gartner
Orlando, Fla.-- Check Point Software Technologies (Nasdaq: CHKP) and Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) are leaders in the network firewall market, with Fortinet (Nasdaq: FTNT), Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) and Intel's (Nasdaq: INTC) McAfee their main challengers, according to Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls.

Will Macs replace Windows-based PCs in the enterprise?
Orlando, Fla.-- Fueled by the BYOD trend and the shift to operating system (OS)-neutral applications, more Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Macs are appearing in the enterprise, observed Gartner Vice President and Research Director Michael Silver.

Third wave of UC will incorporate social media, predict Gartner analysts
Orlando, Fla.-- The third wave of unified communications (UC) will incorporate social media, portals and document management, predicted Gartner Vice President and Distinguished Analyst Bern Elliot and Research Vice President Jeffrey Mann.

Gartner predicts slow uptake in Windows 8 enterprise use
Orlando, Fla.-- After years in development, the Windows 8 operating system (OS) finally hit the market last week. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is hoping the OS will shore up its position in the enterprises, which has been eroded by inroads from BYOD devices such as Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone and iPad and Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android phone.

Oct. 24

BT says large enterprises are looking to cloud-based UC deployments
Orlando, Fla.-- BT Global Services has put the final leg into its four-legged unified communications (UC) stool with the release of BT One Cloud for Microsoft Lync.

Gartner expects leaders to emerge as cloud-based UC market matures
Orlando, Fla.-- As the cloud-based unified communications market matures, Gartner expects leaders to emerge, according to Gartner Research Director Daniel O'Connell.

Vidyo challenges Polycom, Cisco with $750 desktop videoconferencing
Orlando, Fla.-- Vidyo unveiled this week a number of new videoconferencing products at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo aimed at challenging big players such as Polycom (Nasdaq: PLCM) and Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO).

Oct. 23

Amazon, Terremark top Gartner's list of leading IaaS vendors
Orlando, Fla.-- Amazon Web Services (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) Terremark are the top vendors in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market, according to Lydia Leong, research vice president for cloud computing at Gartner.

Gartner says worldwide IT spending will surpass $3.7 trillion in 2013
Orlando, Fla.-- Worldwide IT spending is forecast to surpass $3.7 trillion in 2013, a 3.8 percent increase from 2012 spending of $3.6 trillion, Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president and head of global research at Gartner, told an audience at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2012 being held here.

Gartner: Public cloud spending to increase 19 percent annually to 2016
Orlando, Fla.-- Spending on public cloud services is predicted to increase at a 19 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to 2016, while overall IT spending is expected to grow at a more modest 4 percent CAGR over the same time period, according to Gartner Managing Vice President and Fellow Daryl Plummer and Vice President and Fellow David Mitchell Smith.

Cisco CEO: 'Internet of Everything' will be next IT platform
Orlando, Fla.-- The "Internet of Everything" will become the IT platform of the future, predicted John Chambers, chairman and chief executive officer of Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO).

Oct. 18

Editor's Corner: Road to convergence has many bumps along the way
Convergence is a buzz word that means many things to many people. In the enterprise communications space, it usually refers to the migration of multiple communications technologies and services into a single platform. But how will it work in reality?

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