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CommVault 2014 Predictions: What's on the virtualization menu for 2014 – Critical applications, cloud choices and a side of VM sprawl

VMblog 2014 Prediction Series

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2014.  Read them in this series exclusive.

Contributed article by Robbie Wright, Senior Product Marketing Manager, CommVault

What’s on the virtualization menu for 2014 – Critical applications, cloud choices and a side of VM sprawl

It's hard to believe that a year has passed since we were sharing our 2013 predictions, but the time has come again to look into our crystal ball and see what the virtualization and cloud industries have in store for 2014.

Last year, we predicted that 2013 would see the increased rise of cloud adoption and migration, paired with support from managed service providers, by companies of all sizes. We believe that prediction came true, as cloud and virtualization environments continued to spread throughout all industries, and businesses stopped asking if they should move to the cloud, but instead when. However, 2014 will be the year of applications and choice, and below are some of the trends we see happening next year. 
  1. Virtualized mission critical applications: If businesses want to truly see their cloud environments succeed, pairing cloud adoption and migration with virtualization of mission critical apps will be necessary in 2014. Although there are many well-known benefits, such as infrastructure efficiencies and dynamic scaling, many businesses are behind in their transitions of top tier applications, which truly are the ones that would benefit most. When virtualizing applications, an important question that many businesses will be asking in 2014 is private or public cloud?

  2. Private verse public cloud options: 2014 will bring a growing enterprise use of the public cloud. 2013 helped bring the cloud to popularity, but next year, enterprises will make strategic decisions about storing data publicly or privately. Enterprises are becoming more comfortable and trusting of the security and scale of public clouds with the help of providers including AWS and Rackspace. The public cloud comes in handy particularly when virtualizing heavy applications, and in 2014, enterprises will start to unburden their private cloud environments from larger apps. That said, there will still be growth with the private cloud from industries including finance and healthcare where there are compliance and security issues that requite on-site data hosting.

  3. VM sprawl in the spotlight: As IT continues its evolution to be an application developer and deployer in 2014, it will become increasingly easier to lose control of the volume of virtual machines. Costs associated with VM sprawl will grow, and enterprises will need to better manage data with storage tools to put successful policies in place around sprawl and retirement. IT managers and administrators have a new opportunity on their hands in the coming year to efficiently manage and store the information that may never be used again.

From applications to choosing the right cloud, 2014 will be a busy year for the cloud and virtualization markets. The public cloud will continue to grow and businesses will be looking for ways to optimize critical applications and VM environments to ensure efficiency and profitability, but it's safe to say that this coming year will certainly be an exciting one.


About the Author

Robbie Wright is Senior Product Marketing Manager for CommVault. In this role, Robbie focuses on Server Virtualization and Cloud solutions and is a veteran in the storage, virtualization, and cloud market for more than 10 years. With former roles at both Dell and Rackspace, he has extensive experience with VMware, Hyper-V, and OpenStack, and is a frequent contributor to many types of social media. Robbie holds an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Published Tuesday, December 10, 2013 6:41 AM by David Marshall
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