Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2017. Read them in this 9th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.
Contributed by Mark Lewis, CEO, Formation Data Systems
Software-Defined Storage Crosses the Chasm
September, Dell finalized its acquisition of EMC, the global market
leader in the infrastructure category that has dominated the enterprise
data storage market for decades - storage arrays. Of course, both Dell
and EMC are positioning this acquisition as a way to create "synergies"
that result in storage arrays finally addressing enterprises'
long-standing need to take the cost and complexity from their data
anyone with any historical knowledge of the IT industry knows that
thriving, growing markets, don't see consolidation and mergers like
this. Rather, this acquisition of the storage array market leader
signals the beginning of the end of the storage array era.
that there is now a viable alternative to storage arrays - software
defined storage (SDS), 2017 will continue to see enterprise and service
providers deploy SDS at scale. SDS technology is gaining traction
because it directly addresses the cost, scale and complexity issues that
most customers experience with hardware-based storage. These are the
same issues that have driven many workloads away from storage arrays and
towards cloud storage solutions such as Amazon Web Services Simple
Storage Service (AWS S3). Cloud providers like AWS cracked the code
many years ago and innovated a completely different model for delivering
infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS); Utilize commodity hardware with
custom-built software. Enterprises now understand that in order to
remain competitive and achieve these same outcomes for private cloud,
they must deploy software-defined infrastructure.
2017, data growth will continue to explode, expect that capacity growth
will accelerate and this growth will continue to stress traditional
storage arrays beyond their design limits. This growth, combined with
the fact that most IT budgets are under incredible pressure, forces IT
architects to investigate alternatives to deliver more capacity from
less budget. As SDS technologies continue to mature, 2017 will see an
acceleration in technology trials transitioning into production as more
legacy workloads are migrated off of proprietary hardware, and as more
modern applications are brought into production.
the coming 12 months, expect that a growing number of industries will
be disrupted which will place immense competitive pressure on incumbent
companies to accelerate the development and launch of new digital
services. These services will increase focus on business agility,
accelerating the pace of their development teams, which drives the need
for elastic infrastructure. This next wave of innovation will be the
basis for transformation initiatives requiring streamlined processes and
lean methodologies that will move everything from technology purchasing
decisions to resource provisioning to a self service model, moving away
from traditional IT processes. These factors will drive organizations
to migrate non-critical workloads to utilize cloud services, but expect
continued resistance to moving critical applications to public cloud due
to concerns about security, control and performance. For these
reasons, SDS private cloud deployments based on solutions like
FormationOne and Formation SafeGuard will accelerate and deliver
seamless cloud connectivity to make hybrid cloud solutions a reality in
About the Author
Lewis is Chairman and CEO of Formation Data Systems. Formation is a
venture-backed software company developing a revolutionary hyper-scale
enterprise storage solution. From 2002 to 2012, Mark was an Executive
Vice President for EMC corporation reporting directly to the Chairman
2010-2012 he was Chief Strategy Officer as well as Founder/Managing
Director of EMC Ventures. From 2007 to 2010, Mark was President of EMC
Documentum. During that time, Mark took the organization from
unprofitability to record profit and cash flow. Prior to this, Mark held
key roles at EMC including Chief Technology Officer, President of the
EMC Software Group and Chief Development Officer. He led and drove over
31 acquisitions for EMC including VMware, Documentum, Legato, and RSA.
Mark was instrumental in moving EMC from being a single-product hardware
company to a mainstream IT player.
joined EMC in July 2002 from Hewlett-Packard/Compaq/Digital, where he
was Vice President and General Manager of Compaq's $2.5B Enterprise
Storage Group, which at the time was the largest storage organization in
the world. Mark was the youngest person to achieve the GM role in the
history of the company. From 1998 to 1999, he led Compaq's Storage
Software Business, which he grew from zero to over $250M in revenue in
just two years.