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NIMBOXX 2015 Predictions: From Hyper-Convergence to Software-Defined


Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015.  Read them in this series exclusive.

Contributed article by David Cauthron, CTO/co-founder, NIMBOXX

From Hyper-Convergence to Software-Defined

From hyper-convergence to software-defined, 2014 was a year in which we saw a renewed interest in transforming the data center. If the past 12 months were any indication, we'll see a bigger and stronger push towards simplicity, lower costs, and ease of use in 2015. But that's not all. Here are a few of the predictions that we have for 2015:

There will be more VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) deployments than native OpenStack deployments, and VIO will win the redundant redundancy award. Want to build a complex private cloud yourself, but don't want to give up all the VMware licensing costs you already incur? Then saddle vSphere with Nova, piggyback Cinder on VSAN, and spice up your NSX software-defined networking deployment with a Neutron software-defined networking deployment. Sadly, this one will come true.

The traditional storage market will face a serious decline. Systems that simply provide scalable storage will be a temporary Band-Aid, but ultimately commodity hardware, hyper-converged infrastructure and software orchestration will enable unlikely new companies take market share from these legacy products.

The commoditization of the hypervisor will continue. Orchestration tools for multi-vendor, open-source hypervisor environments and public cloud environments will empower the transition as people discover their workloads can not only run on multiple platforms, but workload portability will allow easier migration to more cost-effective platforms.

The advancement of things being software-defined will kick into overdrive. SDDC orchestration will enable more seamless remote management, backup/DR and application deployment in branch office environments. These systems will either link back to a core enterprise datacenter and/or utilize public cloud resources in an encrypted secure manner for disaster recovery scenarios.

Customers will demand simplicity over everything else. Slapping an orchestration engine over a legacy environment was the start, but turnkey complete-stack solutions will be adopted at a greater rate.

Do these predictions align with your own? Let us know by engaging with us on Twitter at @NIMBOXX.


About the Author

David Cauthron is CTO/co-founder of NIMBOXX and Chairman of the National Science Foundation's Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Cloud and Autonomic Computing (CAC).
Published Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:07 AM by David Marshall
@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:57 AM

Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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