Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller,

LAS VEGAS – Virtual reality has long been touted as one of the next Big Things in technology. For all its promise, mass adoption of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) has seemed to always be on the horizon.

That’s about to change, and the enterprise may lead. That prediction comes from Gartner Research, the august IT research firm that shared its latest insights in its Gartner Infrastructure and Operations Conference last week in Las Vegas.

“In everything we do, we’re going to have augmented information and a richer experience,” said Thomas Bittman, a Distinguished Analyst at Gartner. “We believe this will push into enterprise in a big way.

“Within three years, enterprises will be doing mixed media,” said Bittman. “These immersive technologies are lighting a fire of generational change. There’s a very real consumerization of IT. It’s starting in the home, but we believe these investments will grow into enterprise environments.”

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