All about application agility
In many ways, the current appliance-based technology paradigm is highly restrictive for large organizations. Because every tool comes with its own hardware, organizations are typically tied to the tool for the duration of the asset's life – typically three years. This is ideal for tool vendors happy to accrue the annuity support revenue stream, but not ideal or in the best interest of organizations. The tech market is fueled by leap-frog technologies that organizations simply can’t take advantage of until their current hardware is fully written off.
By separating hardware and software, organizations are no longer bound by the same rules. Companies only have to stay loyal to a tool while its best in class. As soon as it stops being best in class they can ditch it and move on. It’s what we call ‘application agility’ and it gives organizations options that they have never historically had.