Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2013. Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.
Contributed article by Floyd Strimling, Vice President of Community, Technical Evangelist at Zenoss
It's hard to believe that 2012
is coming to a close, as it's been an exciting year within technology. Here are
my predictions for 2013:
- Google challenges Amazon AWS for public cloud
With far too much
attention being placed on an OpenStack competitor to Amazon, Google Compute
Engine will emerge as the clear alternative. Google's secret
sauce includes a complex mix of datacenters, virtualization, breakthrough
software, a comprehensive fiber backbone, and the use of new technologies that
are crucial to Google's own core business and the public cloud.
- OpenStack stumbles under the weight of its
OpenStack, in 2013 we will see the first signs of cracks in the OpenStack
Foundation as competitive commercial offerings from both Red Hat and VMware
threaten this promising open source project. As altruistic
goals meet the brutal reality of capitalism, customers/prospects and not
technologists will appoint the winners and losers.
- Converged infrastructure led M&A shakes industry
to its core
UCS platform has spawned a few copycats but they continue to dominate the
market. In 2013, we will see the ante upped considerably as
trusted partners become bitter enemies and the likes of Juniper, Brocade,
Mellanox, NetApp, Citrix, WhipTail, Coraid, Big Switch, and more become
delectable takeover targets.
- The premature reports of the death of the
PC will lead Microsoft to a banner year
In 2013, Microsoft is poised to capitalize on the
crossroads of a changing industry. As VDI, mobile,
tablets (not iPads), and smartphones takeover our personal and business life,
Windows 8 becomes a powerful solution backed by Microsoft's not so secret
weapons, Office and the cloud.
- Yahoo! returns to past glory
With the appointment of Marissa Mayer as CEO, Yahoo
has begun the journey of moving from sad story to past glory. By unleashing the
power of their expansive user base, infrastructure, big data, and various
internal/external software projects, Marissa and company finally monetize their
assets in 2013.
Floyd Strimling is Vice President of Community,
Technical Evangelist at Zenoss. He enjoys creating, debating, and following
technology trends with the goal of making them a reality. With a background
spanning hardware and software, he's been actively involved in Networking,
Security, Datacenter Infrastructure, Automation, Virtualization, and Cloud
Computing for 17 years.
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