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VirtualSharp Software 2013 Predictions: What's Next in the Cloud Era

VMblog Predictions

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2013.  Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed article by Carlos Escapa, co-founder and CEO of VirtualSharp Software

Hypervisor Coexistence and Enterprise Capabilities in the SMB

The relentless commoditization of hardware is going to continue in 2013 with more intelligence going into software. This started with virtualization but now is heightened with cloud management stacks, big data tools and SDN, the new kid on the block who brings a new level of flexibility to the network. This is being driven by the large-scale cloud properties where the game is all about flexibility, bringing apps faster to market and providing scalable platforms that leverage the vast opportunities unveiled by the torrid mobile and social space.

Enterprise software folks are no longer wondering whether they can move to cloud offerings or not. The question now is how to adopt the cloud without compromising on security, compliance and performance. The emergence of the private cloud is going to accelerate. Running applications on public clouds is no longer taboo. Core applications like ERP may stay on-premise indefinitely, while new applications and big data analytics are being run hybrid or entirely off-premise.

The question and challenge is going to be around the whole enterprise application integration aspects and the inevitable questions about how to integrate these different pieces together and across cloud management boundaries. Much work remains to be done, and 2013 will be a year of transition on the enterprise integration front.

With regard to service resiliency, if the recent public cloud crashes are any indication, people are coming to the realization that private clouds are a lot trickier to manage than virtualized environments. The number of managed components - volumes, VMs, LUNs, operating systems, hypervisors, routers, etc. - is exploding, and no one is getting additional budget or staff.

Cloud governance is going to see the adoption of new technologies and new services to enable rapid increase of the ratios of managed components per member of staff. We are already seeing this with successful offerings like servicenow.com. As networking challenges are resolved with SDN, one area that we will see take off is Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS), where private clouds rely on public clouds to assure service resiliency not only for bursting and workload peak management, but also for failover/failback and to support Business Continuity compliance and auditing requirements.

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About the Author

Carlos Escapa is the co-founder and CEO of VirtualSharp Software where he works closely with customers on next generation Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery solutions for private and public clouds. He has extensive expertise in virtualization following a successful career at VMware where he was a senior executive in Europe. Under his leadership, VMware's customer base grew to 4,500 customers and VMware's channel base reached more than 300 certified companies, including partnerships with IBM, HP, Dell and Accenture. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Channels EMEA at CA Technologies and Senior Director of Marketing in Japan at Sterling Software. He has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Illinois State University, and a Masters degree from Virginia Tech. 

Published Friday, December 14, 2012 6:30 AM by David Marshall
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35 Trend and Prediction Lists for Cloud Computing in 2013 | Bill Chamberlin's HorizonWatching - (Author's Link) - January 4, 2013 9:44 AM
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