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NaviSite 2013 Cloud Predictions: More Acceleration and Acceptance of as-a-Service

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Contributed article by David Grimes, Chief Technology Officer, NaviSite

More Acceleration and Acceptance of as-a-Service

As 2012 comes to a close, we look back on a year where many enterprises have made fundamental shifts in their approach to IT.  No longer simply testing the waters, nor limited to the needs of dev/test, we've seen a truly staggering rate of adoption of cloud services.  The industry has continued to provide mature, scalable core virtualization technologies with an increasingly powerful and efficient management capability.  Many software vendors have adapted "cloud friendly" licensing terms, and many workloads previously thought to be inherently incompatible with virtualization have been shown to run as well or even better in a cloud environment.

With everything we've already seen over the past few years, and specifically in 2012, what's next?

  1. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud will be more widely accepted as the natural evolution of "traditional" IT outsourcing.  Managed service providers will increasingly turn to cloud internally to meet their own infrastructure needs, thereby improving delivery cycles, enhancing service levels, and increasing efficiency.

  2. IaaS cloud will continue to evolve at an accelerated pace with 2013 marking the year of the "Software Defined Datacenter".  By combining the proven record of virtualized compute, the promises of software defined networking, and the maturity of management tools and API's, the IT transformation which began with virtualization will be nearly complete.  This API-enabled, elastic, resilient platform will provide developers the foundation for a new generation of applications which will ultimately change the way companies do business.

  3. Solid State storage will reach an inflection point in terms of availability, reliability, and cost.  While solid state will not supplant spinning media storage quickly, it will play a starring role in 2013 as the industry sees both a continued migration of mission critical, and performance sensitive workloads to the cloud, as well as the proliferation of "big data" analytics.

  4. Adjacent "as-a-Service" offerings such as Desktop-as-a-Service, Database-as-a-Service, and Backup-as-a-Service will become widely available as service providers seek to differentiate in an increasingly competitive landscape.  These additional "as-a-Service" offerings will also accelerate cloud adoption more generally due to the enhanced value proposition of combining complementary solutions.

  5. IT human resources will be compelled to adapt to a rapidly changing world.  Gone are the days where singular focus and deep vertical expertise were the keys to success; tomorrow's IT resources must embrace a multi-disciplinary approach.  While this may be seen as a threat by many, the reality is that IT as an industry is being presented with an opportunity to add value to the business they support, rather than simply "keeping the lights on."

As exciting as the past few years have been, all of us in the IT industry should be prepared to fasten our seat belts ... this ride is far from over.


About the Author

As NaviSite's Chief Technology Officer, David Grimes is an innovative technology visionary responsible for the strategic direction of the company's architecture and solutions. He has been instrumental in leading both the design and development of the NaviCloud platform. A leader focused on continuous process improvement through new and enabling technologies, David frequently meets with customer's to gain market knowledge, evangelize NaviSite's vision and develop solutions.

Published Friday, November 16, 2012 6:55 AM by David Marshall
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