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 and analysts expect that trend to continue throughout 2015.
That leads me to the following information -- What can we expect this year? How can we beat the year we just had in 2014? To find out, VMblog once again kicked off its annual Virtualization and Cloud Prediction Series now in its 7th year! This series keeps growing and gets better and better every year -- and this time, we hit another record for participation. We've had a whopping 146 submissions come in from various companies all around the world, each deciding to share their quality predictions for 2015 with VMblog readers.
Each of these predictions have been published throughout the months of October, November and December. But in case you missed any of them, here is your chance to easily catch up and read what these industry experts had to say about what we should expect for the remainder of the year. Enjoy!
Cirba 2015 Predictions: Realizing the Practical Realities of the Software-Defined Data Center
In 2015 the momentum toward the Software-Defined Data Center
will continue, and leading organizations will further hone their SDDC
vision and more precisely define exactly how they will get there. This
is important, as the focus on internal cloud in recent years has greatly
advanced the end-user wo... Read More...
As we near the end of 2014, we're excited to see what 2015 brings,
especially when thinking about virtualization and data management.... Read More...
In 2015, IT decision makers will need to wrestle with a number
of difficult questions dealing with data storage: What solutions can be
put in place to reduce disruptive changes and make IT more adaptable to
dynamic business needs? How can they easily add flexibility and
scalability to existing IT in... Read More...
This has been an exciting year for enterprise technologies and
trends. Here are some of my thoughts on what's coming in 2015. For
even more predictions around storage, be sure to visit the Infinio blog
when you're done reading this one.... Read More...
Liquidware Labs 2015 Predictions: The Evolution and Importance of the User Experience
My prediction is based on the evolution and importance of the
user experience. Application and desktop virtualization strategies
continued to flourish and grow within organizations.... Read More...
When looking at the use of bare-metal, I'm seeing a shift from
the hypervisor. There are two main areas I see this starting to really
take shape.... Read More...
If one thing stands out over the past 12 months, and portends
what we will see more and more of in 2015, it's the notion of stateless
computing. What is "stateless computing?" I hear you ask. Great
question. The progression towards virtualization in and around the
desktop has taught us some extreme... Read More...
As 2014 winds down, we naturally look to what's ahead in the new
year. The virtual desktop market certainly saw some growth this year,
but will the growth be sustained through VDI or through a resurgence in
SBC (Server Based Computing)?... Read More...
Despite the growth of cloud IT options-and the massive amount of
publicity this growth has received-we are still a long way away from a
complete shift from on-premises IT infrastructure and applications to a
completely cloud-based IT environment. In fact, estimates are that
approximately just five t... Read More...
It is that time of year again to take stock of the year we've
had and look forward to what we should expect to see in this market. I
have been in the data storage business since 1984, and I have never seen
such dramatic change in such a short amount of time as we have this
year. The tectonic shift... Read More...
2015 is shaping up to be a very interesting year, especially for
midmarket companies. We predict that their increased adoption of new
trends will further catalyze five key areas of change:... Read More...
Veeam Software 2015 Predictions: 3 Things that will be Different in 2015
Each year we get a chance to take a look at what the next year
will bring. This year, I've learned a lot and am excited for the future.
Last year, I made a softball prediction that the data center would
shift from being virtual first to virtual only. Did it happen? Well for
some, yes. For others, th... Read More...
There's no doubt that 2014 was a big year in the IT industry. A
huge number of industry disrupters were ushered to the forefront,
groundbreaking new products and companies were launched, and to toot our
own horn a bit, VMTurbo embarked on its largest product release to
date. As a company, we embrace... Read More...
Not only will Hybrid Cloud take off in 2015, but
self-determination of enterprises moving applications between clouds
will be a top trend in the IT Industry Segment in 2015.... Read More...
Looking Back: Bain Capital Ventures Prediction "Ranking" for 2014
I don't feel that I can predict the future any better than my peers;
however, it forces me to think about the future and solicit feedback.
And, it puts just enough pressure on me to have fun, extrapolate and be
wrong, which I enjoy almost as much as being right.... Read More...
Anuta Networks 2015 Predictions: The year of NaaS (Network as a Service)
There has been significant activity in the networking area
around technologies such as NFV, SDN and OpenFlow. Telcos are partnering
with standard bodies and vendors to push for NFV. Enterprises are
thinking of deploying SDN based solutions in their datacenters. Various
vendors are promising to simpl... Read More...
2014 was a great year for innovation within enterprise
technology sector. As we begin 2015, we will begin to see companies
adopt solutions that allow for better agility and efficiency. TOR
switching may become an industry standard when building data-centers and
we're likely to see more enterprises a... Read More...
Nearly every year, enterprise IT gets a little more exciting.
With new technology appearing almost daily, this could be the most
astonishing year we've seen yet. New advances will bring amazing
opportunities, and some watchpoints as well. Here are just a few of my
predictions for enterprise IT in 20... Read More...
In 2014, the Internet turned 25 years old. In the last quarter
of a decade it has advanced considerably, taking on a form that very few
could have imagined. But has it matured?... Read More...
You would be pretty worried if you didn't have fire safety and
evacuation plans in your office, so why would you not put the same risk
assessment strategy in place for your data? 2015 will be an important
year for businesses as they look to the cloud to fulfill their disaster
recovery (DR) needs. D... Read More...
In 2014 the cloud grew into a ubiquitous presence, distrusted by
celebrities, joked about in pop culture, a storage closet for
consumers, and now enterprise technology companies are making this the
new battleground to gain market share.... Read More...
By the end of 2015, we will see at least one vendor offering an
OpenStack product deployed in containers, and deploying only container
workloads.... Read More...
2014 saw acceleration of major transformations impacting the IT
and networking landscapes, particularly with respect to IT-as-a-Service
and cloud, SDN and NFV. We expect 2015 to continue the trend. Among
our expectations:... Read More...
According to IDC predictions, cloud services are expected to
accelerate in 2015 with $118 billion in spending on the greater cloud
ecosystem. Conversations with IT decision makers across companies large
and small, within many different industries, indicate that the level of
adoption advanced signifi... Read More...
‘Tis the season for industry watchers to ask those of us on the
innovation side what the coming year will bring. We've certainly offered
predictions and educated guesses about the state of solid-state storage
on this blog, but it now behooves us to make a few bolder statements,
and a few disclaimers... Read More...
Integrated Systems continued to gain traction and mindshare
during 2014. Integrated Systems address the complexity and cost issues
associated with building clouds and data centers to serve the needs of
current applications. The Integrated Systems market is dominated these
days by Converged Systems t... Read More...
2015 will be the year of Cloud Federation (Hybridity) - by
artificial means. Enterprises will become increasingly frustrated with
vendor lock-in and wary of public cloud security risks, and look for
solutions that enable them to leverage an orchestration of private,
public, and hybrid clouds - custo... Read More...
Technology has a history of moving from large monolithic systems
used only by experts, to ones used by everyone. In the 1950s, we had
huge computers that filled a room and required a team of people to
operate, and now we have personal computers and smartphones. However,
there is still a lot of data ... Read More...
Docker and containers will continue to garner attention in 2015,
but the landscape will get more complex as new supporting entrants join
the fray and tangential players catch up.... Read More...
Predictions or forecasts are at best poorly focused visions through a
cloudy pane of glass. The computing and virtualization technologies are
constantly changing. Open source software and hardware are only
contributing to increase the rate of acceleration.... Read More...
With the impending end of support for Windows Server 2003 and
expiring hardware support for 2008-based servers, many enterprise IT
organizations are exploring evolutionary alternatives to their existing
branch office strategies, including cloud storage gateways. However,
data size and access pattern... Read More...
For the past few years I've used this holiday period as a chance
to do some prognostication - looking back at trends from the previous
12 months and trying to predict what's next.... Read More...
In 2014, we saw malware attacks and hacks like never before.
Headlines amplified the aftermath of several large-scale breaches,
making cyber security both a board-level discussion and a national
priority.... Read More...
CIOs who virtualized and consolidate their data center servers
over the last ten years are now extending virtualization across the
enterprise to include networking, storage, cloud and mobility
deployments. With the new era of the borderless enterprise upon them
CIOs are keenly aware of the need to r... Read More...
StackEngine 2015 Predictions: IT Imperative 2015 - Get Ready to Manage Containerized Applications, They are Headed Your Way
While it's not very much of a reach to predict the continued
explosion of containers and containerization technologies for 2015, the
details and specific implications for IT operations and management
professionals are critical. 2014 has laid the groundwork for 2015 with a
year's worth of experiment... Read More...
2015 will be the year that Software Defined Networking truly
takes flight. The software defined enterprise leverages cloud services
to free up resources for business value creation. In 2015,
forward-looking companies will adopt intelligent network infrastructures
that are able to deliver flexible an... Read More...
Thirty percent of the real estate on a typical Web page is not
under the control of the website owner . The use of third-party ads,
search boxes, social media widgets (such as "Like us on Facebook"), and
analytics tools that act behind the scenes tracking users and
performance is commonplace, and... Read More...
In the era when the only way to deliver a product to customers
was via a box, the channel ruled. A software product changed many hands
before it landed in the hands of the customer. But, with the advent of
the online delivery models, software could be downloaded and installed
right from the web.... Read More...
This year proved to be a momentous step for the development and
adoption of distributed applications. Smaller web-scale companies, to
larger web-scale companies and now enterprises are deploying distributed
applications; and we expect to see the trend pick up steam in 2015. We
are entering an era of... Read More...
Enterprise IT is evolving at a rapid pace with new platforms to
address emerging business demands. The integration of mobile devices,
cloud adoption by business, expansion of data repositories and a general
trend toward centralization is changing the way IT is consumed and
managed. Backup and recove... Read More...
Tesora 2015 Predictions: A Look Ahead at the Cloud, OpenStack, Database Landscape
IT is changing faster now than any time in the last 20+ years.
And with that, comes excitement surrounding predictions. In 2015, we
will witness the adoption of DevOps across enterprises as well as
OpenStack move past the recent disappointments expressed throughout the
community to be seen in a posi... Read More...
In Back to the Future II, 2015 is full of ubiquitous flying
cars, holodeck-like 3D movies and all-terrain, levitating hoverboards.
While these technologies certainly aren't as common or advanced as they
are in the movie, early versions DO exist. AeroMobil is bringing the
world flying cars. Microsoft... Read More...
A confluence of technological and IT trends relating to mobile and cloud
are creating dramatic changes in how and where people work, computing
workloads are processed, and work applications are delivered. What these
changes all have in common is that they make businesses more dependent
than ever on ... Read More...
Several cyber takedowns occurred this year when hackers
infiltrated Home Depot, Michaels, iCloud, JP Morgan and the list just
goes on. And while consumers and companies have been hit hard in 2014,
2015 will be the year of the cloud attack.... Read More...
As we move into 2015, it's clear that the "cloud" has become the
tech buzzword of the decade. The problem with throwing around this word
so much is that the term becomes a piece of jargon that doesn't help
explain anything and can be misused.... Read More...
It's that time of the year again. Everything is holiday themed,
temperatures are low and clouds pervade to signal winter storms. And in
the spirit of this year's end, it's time to make predictions for the
year to come.... Read More...
2014 will be known as the year of security breaches. From Home
Depot to Walmart to Walgreens, mobile data security made the headlines
this year and threats are only becoming more sophisticated. In addition
to security breaches, we also saw a long list of vulnerabilities
discovered in 2014. These eve... Read More...
As cloud computing adoption rates continue to soar in 2015, IT
leaders will look to address the growing challenges of security and
compliance, performance and financial control. Coupled with external
factors such as the threat of data breaches and pending regulation
changes around the globe, the ent... Read More...
It would be difficult to miss that the talk around containers
has gained significant momentum over the past year. Most of it has been
spurred on by the much-hyped Silicon Valley startup, Docker, which is
focused on Linux containers (i.e., Linux application virtualization
technology). Of course, co... Read More...
Thanks in no small part to embarrassing celebrity photos stolen,
hacked or leaked from clouds to the web this year, when people see the
term "cloud," it no longer requires a trip to Dictionary.com.... Read More...
The cloud has more than changed business in 2015, it's
completely restructured the way we work, access information and perform
business tasks on a daily basis. The growth of Internet of Things and
the rise of the mobile workforce will only continue to spur this rapid
change. As we move into the new... Read More...
Real-time data analytics is inspiring innovation beyond
advertising and marketing. More companies are breaking away from the
pack and differentiating themselves by the powerful things they're doing
with the data, such as creating truly captivating content and
entertainment, and discovering and treat... Read More...
The New Year is a time for resolutions and the enterprise is
making some of its own. Beginning with leaving behind the memories of
growing pains in cloud computing and coming into to a higher, or maybe
deeper, level of transformation.... Read More...
Cloud IaaS deliver vastly greater business agility, service
provisioning times, and economics. These environments require that
underlying infrastructure be automated and scalable to build an
on-demand delivery model providing dynamic and consistent services in a
shared, multi-tenant environment. In ... Read More...
In 2015 the biggest backup trends will center on enterprise
backup and recovery using the cloud as the direct target, an unheard-of
performance feat just a few short years ago.... Read More...
2014 has proven that hackers are changing their attack
strategies to focus on stealing credentials so they can steal data from
within. These attacks are clever, because no amount of firewalling or
traditional web security can block authorized access.... Read More...
In the past, companies relied on business intelligence (BI)
tools to drive strategy and identify opportunities based on historical
data. However, in today's fast-paced, data-driven economy, traditional
BI often moves too slowly. Operational intelligence - the ability to
analyze live, fast-changing d... Read More...
According to a recent report from IDC, the global communications market
is undergoing a seismic shift. After decades of declining revenue and
stagnant innovation by legacy communications hardware vendors, a new
market is ascending, driven by cloud communications platforms.... Read More...
Every year, new technologies emerge that promise to make our
business more profitable, our workers more productive, or our processes
faster than ever. This explosion of new apps fills the void and solves
business problems, but over the long term can cripple businesses by
adding complexity to busines... Read More...
It has been quite the year, the year vulnerabilities and
breaches turned into what seemed like a regular occurrence. iCloud,
Goodwill, HealthCare.gov, Home Depot, The White House, Bash, USPS, NOAA,
Sony - and that's just recapping breaches that occurred after August.
But with enterprises demanding g... Read More...
2014 will be remembered as the year of container. Few outside of
the most "bleeding edge" circles had heard of Docker at this time last
year. Yet today, Docker is the hottest technology on the market.
However, Docker's market offering has begun to splinter into a number of
directions, as the project... Read More...
CIOs have a big year ahead, as they arise to the challenge of
securing and protecting enterprise content. A recent study conducted by
Forrester revealed that 89 percent of CIOs plan to invest more in
information governance programs in the new year. At the same time, 44
percent of survey participants... Read More...
In 2015, enterprises will continue to pursue ways to combine the
security and cost effectiveness of their private infrastructure
resources with the agility of public clouds.... Read More...
The stage has been set. Enterprises over the last four decades
have been busy building and buying thousands of business applications.
At the same time the growing wave of BYOD and corporate led mobile
initiatives has led to an explosion of the number of mobile devices in
the enterprise. The reality ... Read More...
Back in 1724 Edward Ward famously noted that death and taxes are
the only two certainties in life - had he lived in the present day he
may well have added the adoption of cloud computing to this list.... Read More...
As Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure have made
abundantly apparent, public cloud IaaS has huge advantages. Massive
scalability and elasticity, the ability to shift infrastructure costs
from capital expenses to operational expenses, and great economies of
scale are just a few of the major... Read More...
There's a common thread in the news and trends that gripped us
in 2014: despite the industry's best efforts, our data could not always
be maintained. "Big data" was one of the year's top buzz phrases,
maintaining its presence in our business decisions and conversations
with colleagues, customers and... Read More...
Spirent's Principal Architect for Cloud and Virtualization
solutions, Iben Rodriguez shares his top 10 predictions for SDN/NFV in
2015.... Read More...
The hybrid cloud is now the new normal in cloud computing. The
whole point of a hybrid cloud is to design and customize cloud
capabilities that address your organization's unique needs. But today -
service providers typically offer a one size fits all service level
agreement. You need a service prov... Read More...
After nearly 15 years in business, it's fair to say FalconStor
has seen its share of changes in the storage industry," says FalconStor
CEO, Gary Quinn. While not without its challenges, we believe the
upcoming year will bring positive changes overall, and the net result is
users will see better choi... Read More...
Arista Networks 2015 Predictions: Looking Ahead in the Networking Industry
2014 has been an incredible year in the networking industry.
We've witnessed a transformation from point products to network
platforms, furthering the movement toward software driven cloud
networking. At Arista, we are pleased to be a part of driving the pace
of innovation for public, private and h... Read More...
Our company is the leading contributor to the OpenStack Trove
database as a service project, so that is the lens I look through every
day. With that in mind, here are some of my observations and predictions
for the year ahead.... Read More...
Everything in culture has a way of repeating itself, it happens
in every arena of our life. In fashion we look at items as vintage,
whether it is from the 70s or the roarin' 20s. In music, artist like
Justin Timberlake harken back to the days of early Michael Jackson and
we have some artists today... Read More...
Colocation and service providers are continually looking to
attract new customers, expand service offerings and grow revenues.
Simultaneously, businesses are turning to the cloud to improve agility,
extend reach and contain costs. According to Cisco's most recent VNI
report, by 2018 three quarters o... Read More...
As data and software services more rapidly move to the cloud,
there have been increased discussions across industries on how to secure
cloud computing.... Read More...
"Cloud will continue to advance" has been the No. 1 prediction
of data center visionaries for years. In 2014, we saw many of those
forecasts come true as large-scale clouds made their mark on the
industry and delivered measurable returns on investment. The benefits of
the cloud have come into sharp ... Read More...
Cloud computing has emerged from the hype to prove its value to
businesses that deliver and acquire IT services and software. There is
no doubt the cloud has impacted how we access information and business
services. As the hype settles, it's important to understand how the
trend, as well as related ... Read More...
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... Read More...
2015 is the year most companies will finally put their fear of
using the cloud to rest, and the industry will awaken to a new Cloud
Economy.... Read More...
The evolution is constant. Information technology is impacting
more and more aspects of our personal and professional lives. As the
complexity and diversity of devices, platforms and modes of
technological interaction advance, so do the associated risks from
malicious individuals and criminal organi... Read More...
How long have we been on the edge of our seats waiting for CIOs
to truly take a strategic role in business? They've been too busy
keeping the business running! Well, that changes in 2015. Let's take a
look ahead at predictions for the new year.... Read More...
The data center of yesteryear is gone. Large server closets at
individual companies are quickly being traded in for cloud-based
infrastructure that allows for flexibility, responsiveness and agility.
The question is no longer if a firm will use the cloud, but when, how
much and for which workloads. ... Read More...
The New Year will, of course, bring lots of new developments in
enterprise software. Here are a few key trends I anticipate will take
center stage in 2015:... Read More...
As cloud service offerings and providers who sell them increase
in numbers, and usage escalates in tandem, what should enterprises
anticipate seeing in the realm of cloud offerings in the coming year?
In 2015 expect to enter the next phase of the cloud: cloud 2.0.... Read More...
Yes, it's that time of year again. After an exciting 2014, several new
technologies have gained prominence in an effort to wrangle the
explosion of data. Like the big bang, it seems the universe of data is
expanding at the speed of light, creating the need for innovative new
storage and networking t... Read More...
Looking back on 2014, several new technologies entered the
mainstream IT lexicon, and that momentum of change is now forecast to
build in 2015. While this year saw the maturation of the Internet of
Things, next year will mark the emergence of the Internet of Enterprise
Things. Big Data will cede the... Read More...
Research from the Citrix Service Provider Center of Excellence
shows that customers and service providers are seeing growth in hosted
desktops and workspace resources that are business-ready and customized
for specific vertical markets. Our global DaaS market report revealed
that 87 percent of DaaS ... Read More...
Connecting enterprise branch users directly to cloud based
applications will continue to build momentum, taking advantage of the
Internet as the new WAN.... Read More...
There are a plethora of consumer apps that supercharge our
personal lives, from on demand dating apps to apps that alert us to
potholes. But for work, we generally have email and web. Employees are
still stuck in the 20th century version of the Internet when it comes to
accessing work data on mobile... Read More...
For over a decade now the focus has been virtualization in the
data center which then emerged to software defined data center and
private cloud. The motivation to virtualize desktops, servers and
storage has been cost saving and will likely be the main driver moving
forward. Mobility on the other ha... Read More...
Last year, I wrote here on VMblog.com, "in 2014, we'll finally
see signs that the inescapable commoditization of Data Center
Top-of-Rack switches will begin to accelerate, and this segment of
networking will finally be ready to follow in the footsteps of the
server market." You can read the article ... Read More...
Each year, we take a look at the trends in the industry and
forecast what the upcoming year will look like. It is never good to
drive you car by only looking in the rear-view mirror. Running a
business is no different. We need to be looking forward, but with a
proper level of attention to our sid... Read More...
It can be challenging to decide between cloud-based and
premises-based business applications. While some prefer to keep things
in-house, more companies than ever are choosing to put applications,
including Unified Communications (UC), in the cloud. The good news is it
doesn't have to be one or the o... Read More...
The virtualization market is yet again poised for changes in
2015 as growing BYOD demand will continue to push IT departments to
evolve their positioning and policies to satisfy employees. Throughout
the latter stages of 2014, indicators have shown that virtualization
technology is finally reaching ... Read More...
In 2015, service provider interest in network function
virtualization (NFV) will increase dramatically, but the technology's
success hinges on its ability to integrate with the provider's strategic
assets, including installed physical networks and operational support
systems (OSS) infrastructure. In... Read More...
Data sovereignty and privacy remain concerns for businesses
considering cloud platform adoption. Cloud-based service providers will
establish more local (aka region-specific) data centers to address the
data sovereignty issues. Local data centers will also facilitate faster
data access and improved ... Read More...
When a new cyber attack surfaces, another company is thrust into
a harsh spotlight. It must field questions from angry customers and
investors and scramble to ensure that it won't happen again. The Wall
Street Journal on June 29, 2014 reported its own research found that
1,517 companies traded on th... Read More...
You don't need a crystal ball to see that organisations will
continue to push data, applications and general compute power into the
cloud, as the benefits offered by virtualisation are too attractive to
ignore.... Read More...
2014 was undoubtedly the year of the vulnerability. Shellshock,
Heartbleed and POODLE touched more than half the Internet and ushered in
a new era of cyber security, shining a light on the Internet's weakest
points. The notoriety of these vulnerabilities gave hackers more
leverage than ever before, ... Read More...
For enterprise IT departments embarking on cloud implementation, 2015
will be the year of web-scale IT. With increased consumer demands for
always-on digital services, IT leaders are being forced to reshape
decisions about their IT infrastructure and are considering new routes
to public, private and... Read More...
RiverMeadow 2015 Predictions: What Innovative Ways can IT Impact the Business in 2015?
This question looms in the minds of cloud and IT professionals
this time of year with all of the round-ups and forecasts, giving us the
chance to take a step back and think about what we've learned and to
note patterns and emerging trends.... Read More...
Hybrid clouds got plenty of attention in 2014. In the past 12
months, we saw influencers transform from anti-hybrid activists to
pro-hybrid evangelists. Part of that change stems from the fact that the
suspicions the market once held about public cloud security have ebbed.
Companies have done well k... Read More...
The role of IT teams is rapidly evolving, and now more than
ever, IT agility is nearly synonymous with business agility. At the same
time, the continued growth and adoption of cloud, the ever-increasing
drive for virtualization and the looming potential of "software defined"
is pushing IT systems in... Read More...
The last four years have seen tremendous growth in the cloud
space, with adoption trending upwards consistently, as predicted. A
recent cloud survey from Evolve IP, shows that nine out of 10 IT
professionals believe that cloud computing is the future model for IT
for mid-market business with 81 perc... Read More...
2015 will usher in the year of multi-cloud platforms. Gone will
be the days of virtualization and the cloud understood by only the very
tech savvy. The mass comfort with the cloud will happen because VMware's
reign as the predominant cloud provider will wane, making room for
Microsoft's HyperV and A... Read More...
With 2015 rapidly approaching, it's the time of year when people
start making their predictions for the upcoming year, oftentimes with
many people proclaiming 2015 to be the Year of the [fill in the blank].
Those titles always take me back to the early to mid-nineties, when year
after year was suppo... Read More...
As we close 2014, it's time to think about what next year will
bring in the rough and tumble cloud computing industry. Here are my top
predictions for 2015:... Read More...
It's official - global enterprises have truly embraced cloud
computing: data centers can now connect to public clouds and private
clouds, efficiently use compute capacity and energy, and connect
resources around the globe in an instant.... Read More...
It seems we are seeing the pivot point in the maturation of OpenStack and turning the corner into real-life usage.... Read More...
2015 will be a pivotal year for the future of network
technologies. Industry-wide shifts that previously seemed far away are
just around the corner, and demand for higher bandwidth and improved
network efficiency will require new approaches from IT networking
professionals.... Read More...
There's no denying the fact that 2014 was Big Data's true
"coming out" party. The release of Hadoop 2.0 and YARN made the
technology more accessible to the masses. Additionally, the massive
amount of human and machine-generated data related to Internet of Things
(IoT) connected devices continued to ... Read More...
At the end of every year, a number of industry leaders pull together
their predictions for what they expect to happen over the next twelve
months. When we are right, we're geniuses. When we're wrong, we fade
into obscurity or worse, become a cautionary tale for others (think
Robert Metcalfe's "I pre... Read More...
Enterprises will get "predictive" and start analyzing future
impact of potential environment/licensing changes on software budgets -
before those changes are made... Read More...
RackWare 2015 Predictions: Five Cloud Predictions for the Coming Year
Many enterprises are diversifying away from, or moving
completely over to new cloud infrastructure. This is occurring primarily
due to anticipated cost savings from the pay-per-use model of the
public cloud, where companies only pay for the bandwidth, processing,
storage and memory resources that ar... Read More...
A new year brings new strategic initiatives, new projects and
new challenges for IT leadership. In 2015, we believe CIOs face many
important decisions that will help shape the future of their IT
organizations. We predict that IT departments will evolve towards the
following trends:... Read More...
CIOs face many new challenges as we approach 2015, including
risk management associated with the growing number of unsanctioned
consumer apps creeping into the workplace; supporting the myriad devices
that come with BYOD; and, most importantly, evolving help desk services
to keep pace with the chang... Read More...
The database industry has much to be excited about. During the
past year we have seen both innovation and an accelerated adoption of
NoSQL solutions. Backed by solid research, from both the academic and
commercial sectors, these advances offer practical solutions to the
unstructured data problems to... Read More...
For small and midsize businesses, what's going to move the needle in 2015?... Read More...
As global enterprise workforces continue to disperse around the
globe, the public Internet is carrying more mission-critical traffic
over long distances than ever before. At the same time, the types of
applications that knowledge workers rely on are changing. Today's
applications are increasingly re... Read More...
2014 was the year of the security breach. Over the past year,
data breaches at Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan and P.F. Chang's, among
countless others, have thrust network security into the forefront of IT
professional's minds. In 2014 alone, 47 percent of American adults had
their personal informati... Read More...
As enterprise IT pivots toward mobility and agility, 2015 will
prove developers are now the driving force and lead decision makers.
This will ultimately lead to new adoption trends throughout the year, as
enterprise IT organizations recognize the need to be able to deploy
applications across all env... Read More...
One of the biggest trends impacting the security posture of "the
enterprise" is the migration away from "Bring Your Own Device" and
toward the "Internet of Things" - whether discussing wearables or
Internet connected devices, information security professionals can't
ignore the momentum of data being... Read More...
As we come towards the end of Q4, 2014, now is a good time to look at
the emerging trends for 2015, and maybe even make some predictions.... Read More...
2015 will bring a significant step forward for the virtual
desktop. Why? What will be different from last year? Well, all of the
players in the virtual desktop space have stepped up their game like
never before.... Read More...
2015 will be the year of enterprise mobility. Sure, maybe you've
heard this before, but 2014 paved the way with a huge shift towards
user-led mobile enterprise apps which is finally moving the needle on
enterprise mobile adoption.... Read More...
It's that time of year when everybody starts writing their
predictions for the next year. In IT, we can write about anything and
everything (and we usually do). For Cloud fans, I thought about what
2015 holds in store for all of us. In the past several years we've had
predictions about the Year o... Read More...
Public cloud prices will continue to drop. This is a bit like predicting the continuation of Moores' law in 2015.... Read More...
When a company deploys a private cloud, efficiency, performance and of course, cost are of utmost importance.... Read More...
Software Innovation in Storage Unlocks the Hardware Innovations
of the Last 5 Years. Not long ago the primary issues plaguing storage
were performance and cost. Those issues have been tackled with hardware
innovations, including flash, multicore and 10 GB Ethernet.... Read More...
Heavily driven by expanding online and mobile user bases,
emerging international markets, and advances in shipping and payment
options, the worldwide B2C e-commerce sales will surpass two trillion
dollars by 2016. As such, in 2015 we will continue to see rapid
developments in the e-commerce space an... Read More...
By early 2014, whatever doubts remained about the role of cloud
giants Amazon, Microsoft and Google had been dispelled. The big clouds
were clearly here to stay, and they were already disrupting the way IT
did business. This trend will evolve in 2015 as the market separates
into the disruptors and t... Read More...
With the advent of tools like Docker, 2014 was the year Linux
found containers. While other operating systems, like Illumos and BSD,
have had solid container support for years, Docker flipped this on its
head, targeting the Linux platform and going after developers, which has
created a significant b... Read More...
SDN has been seen as a laboratory experiment until now, but in
2015 we'll see several commercial use cases developing. The general idea
is to implement policy-based networking, so that network changes are
based on business logic rather than specific L2/L3 adjustments. With SDN
controllers in their n... Read More...
Cloud computing is clearly making its way into enterprises. IT
shops have up-leveled virtualized infrastructures into full-fledged,
private clouds within their corporate firewalls and under their control.
And employees, often of their own accord and sometimes advised by IT,
have begun using public c... Read More...
As organizations begin implementing SDNs to support production
applications, they will recognize the importance of securing access this
very powerful layer in their infrastructure.... Read More...
I enjoy looking back on the prior year to see if anything happened
remotely resembling our collective foresight at SmartDeploy. Some of the
trends and events we predicted did occur: the PC market is stabilizing,
SaaS is gaining popularity, and we did indeed see some E.U. policy
reform relative to cl... Read More...
In 2015 we will, for the first time, see broad adoption of
technologies that leverage CPU capabilities to make endpoints (clients
and servers) vastly more secure, by design. My focus here is on
hardware virtualization, though other CPU features will play a crucial
role in this journey.... Read More...
Similar to the rapid transformation toward virtualization in the
data center we saw in 2005, for 2015 we are seeing the leading
indicators of high adoption rates of public cloud among larger
enterprises, starting with innovation spaces such as software and
product design. Large enterprises best suit... Read More...
A recent survey by the BT Group, revealed a major dilemma facing
our community in 2015: 79% of respondents said they're adopting cloud
storage and web applications in their businesses. However, in study
titled, "What's Holding the Cloud Back" by Intel, 80% of respondents
"identify security and ease ... Read More...
So it's nearly 2015 and almost all aspects of the application
and infrastructure stack can be virtualized and scaled to achieve higher
throughput and high availability requirements. This is also true for
the database layer as long as all data can be stored and managed by a
single server or virtual ... Read More...
Perspectives on cloud infrastructure have changed dramatically
in the past year. Whereas companies originally turned to the public
cloud as an experimental space for managing specific workloads, now, its
potential has expanded into a core infrastructure strategy. It is now
possible and viable for co... Read More...
These prediction things are always fun. Most of the time you
can read them, laugh, and then walk away. How often do tech predictions
come true? So before I tell you about why the cloud is going to die, I
thought it would be good to revisit the predictions I made last year
and see how I did.... Read More...
There is a large transformation taking place in the storage
marketplace. It is a fundamental shift, with storage companies moving
from being proprietary providers of the physical disk to being the
software-based management layer that will manage heterogeneous storage
devices. This shift is changing ... Read More...
Last year I predicted that Amazon would cozy up to the
enterprise-friendly hybrid cloud. I think they have. Thusly, I think
next year they will gain considerable traction in the large enterprise,
with larger deployments in shorter periods of time.... Read More...
Many organizations are entering a new year with old desktops and
laptops that they don't want to replace. They have better, more
strategic uses for scarce IT funds than upgrading their PCs.... Read More...
In 2015, we will see the bulk of the remaining Enterprise ISVs
who don't currently support subscription or pay-per-use licensing,
finally embrace cloud licensing.... Read More...
Happy 2015 everyone! And thank you for your continued support of VMblog.com.