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VMTurbo 2016 Predictions: IT Industry Predictions from the Experts

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2016.  Read them in this 8th Annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Yuri Rabover, Eric Wright and Yechiem Yemini, VMTurbo

IT Industry Predictions from VMTurbo Experts

We saw lots of excitement in 2015, with some serious traction on the predictions as we saw from the team at VMTurbo.   I was a year of surprises. Industry giants merged and became one, disruptive companies went public, and technologies that used to be just a dream became reality.

As we prepare to launch into 2016, VMTurbo celebrates the 5.4 release of the leading VMTurbo Operations Manager and the announcement of the Intelligent Cloud Control with Verizon (, it is time to see what 2016 has ahead.

Once again, we asked VMTurbo co-founders Yechiam Yemini (YY) and Yuri Rabover, and our Principal Solutions Engineer and Technology Evangelist Eric Wright, aka @discoposse, for their predictions.

Yuri Rabover

1       2016 will be the year of a visible dent to on prem compute and storage footprint. The public clouds are mature enough to accommodate demand for new deployments and accept migration of some legacy loads. It will impact traditional hardware vendors business big time, those who adjust will win, others will die.

2       Cloud-native application development will start impacting new applications running in the cloud. Most of the new applications deployed in public clouds will be following the stateless scale-out model. 

3       To accommodate the above two trends, the hybrid cloud model will become more mature - the heavy data-tier and legacy apps will continue running on prem and their scale out front ends will be moving to public clouds. Whoever will provide the best way to accommodate this trend in terms of ease of deployment and cloud mobility will win.

4       Traditional hypervisor virtualization will start slowing down giving more room to bare metal running containers. Advances in hyper converged and composable offering will help transitioning from individual server farms to consolidated pools of compute/network/storage which will make conventional virtualization obsolete.

5       Big-data services and offering will be becoming more prevalent replacing traditional storage tiers based on volumes. New applications will be using higher level data services making the traditional storage less needed and promoting new more capable big-data services like Spark and Hadoop. Which in turn will accelerate the need to make them easier to deploy, use and better performing.

Yechiem Yemini

1. Network:  Rise of Bandwidth Scale Out Through Multi-Pathing

East-West traffic  will continue to expand and dominate Data center bandwidth demands. Spine-leaves networks will play central role in scaling-out the network bandwidth, by distributing traffic flows among multiple paths.

2. Virtualization: Network Aware Placement (of VMs/Containers)

Large scale multi-path flows will present significant latency control challenges. How can  tasks assure their communications latency, in an environment where  multitude flows compete over path bandwidth. Network aware placement technologies permit computational tasks to place their flows over paths providing assure latency. 

3. Big Data: Transition To "Every Data is Big Data"

Data volumes will continue to grow exponentially for any foreseeable future.  Big-Data technologies, such as Hadoop, provide scale out techniques to handle  large datasets, by partitioning, parallelizing and phasing (PPP) their processing. The rapid growth trajectory of all data, will begin to transform every data into Big Data    with PPP technologies expanding to support this data scaling trajectory.

Eric Wright

1       KVM FTW! - As OpenStack continues to gain momentum, and more vendor-packaged KVM-based hypervisor management capabilities increase (Nutanix Acropolis, Scale Computing, NIMBOXX, Stratoscale and more) KVM will become a more household name in data center environments.  SMB customers are embracing the free hypervisor thanks to a strong community and vendor push to make KVM a viable hypervisor for organizations of all shapes and sizes.

2       The Year of DevOps - DevOps will continue to be the buzzword of choice, but more realistic implementation examples will make embracing CI/CD practices more accessible.  The advent of private cloud platforms has made the need for amplified feedback loops and CI/CD critical.  We are seeing lots of ways to enable better development, testing, and deployment practices.

3       Containers in production with many more in test - Containers will no longer just be automatically associated to Docker.  Docker will become more enterprise-friendly and the integration with Kitematic, SocketPlane, Tutum, and more have shown that the enterprise is feeling the container love.  Security is often a topic of hot conversation, and will continue to be.  The Open Container initiative will gain traction and we will see the first official spec in 2016.  Keep your eyes on Rancher.

4       Kubernetes is the new #Docker - Kubernetes is now the favorite conversation piece as we look towards container orchestration since container adoption is increasing.  These are still early days as the orchestration wars begin, but Kubernetes has a head start.

5       Microsoft will Rise Again - As Azure Stack makes its official debut in 2016 and Nano reaches official release status, Microsoft will claw back some of the business that began to slip away as VMware ran away with the enterprise hypervisor business and AWS lifted much of the cloud business.  The promise of uniform capabilities across the hybrid cloud will increase Azure adoption and recapture the potential customers who were looking toward alternative private cloud alternatives in the data center.

6       Security. Security. Security. - We will find out in 2016 that we have been missing the boat on security within every aspect of the technology stack.  The faster we get at delivering applications, the more we increase the risk that people fail to adopt secure development and operational practices. 


About the Authors


Before joining VMTurbo, Yuri Rabover managed the Advanced Solution group in EMC's CTO office and worked closely with EMC's Architecture and Applied Research teams in prototyping and innovating across a broad range of technology stacks and solutions. Yuri joined EMC with the acquisition of Smarts, where he had a long and diverse career: he served as a member of the founding team, managed engineering and product development, and was responsible for technology partnership development, managing relationships with strategic accounts.


Before joining VMTurbo, Eric Wright served as a systems architect at Raymond James in Toronto. As a result of his work, Eric was named a VMware vExpert and Cisco Champion with a background in virtualization, OpenStack, business continuity, PowerShell scripting and systems automation. He's worked in many industries, including financial services, health services and engineering firms. As the author behind, a technology and virtualization blog, Eric is also a regular contributor to community-driven technology groups such as the vBrownBag community and leading the VMUG organization in Toronto, Canada. He is a Pluralsight Author, the leading provider of online training for tech and creative professionals. Eric's latest course is "Introduction to OpenStack" you can check it out at


Prof. Yemini co-founded VMTurbo, Inc. in 2009 and served as its Chief Scientific Advisor. Prof. Yemini has served as a director and advisory board member of several high-tech companies and venture funds, and as a member of several government technology commissions and working groups.  Prof.  Yechiam Yemini was also a co-founder of Comverse Technology, Inc., Arootz Technologies Ltd (now known as Intercast Networks Ltd), and System Management Arts (SMARTS) acquired by EMC in 2005.  He authored over 200 publications and 15 patents, and lectured widely in these areas. Technologies created at his lab have been widely exported to thousands of sites and commercialized by several companies.

Published Tuesday, December 15, 2015 8:01 AM by David Marshall
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