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ManageEngine 2014 Predictions - Mobilizing the User Experience Monitoring, Advancing Automation and Beyond

VMblog 2014 Prediction Series

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2014.  Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed article by Raj Sabhlok, president of Zoho Corp. (ManageEngine is a division of Zoho Corp.)

Mobilizing the User Experience Monitoring, Advancing Automation and Beyond

For many IT organizations, 2014 is going to bring a renewed emphasis on refining their network and data center operations to ensure they deliver the best user experience possible. From our perspective, then, 2014 trends will include:

Making Mobile Part of Application User Experience Monitoring - The move towards infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is pushing business applications into the cloud. Similarly, increasing demand for mobile access to those business applications is pushing the development of native, mobile applications that are optimized to access the business applications via smartphones and tablets. In turn, more companies will extend their user experience monitoring to include the mobile applications executing on the users' mobile devices as well as the applications executing on backend servers.

Automating Application Workloads - We'll continue to see an integration of application workloads in private data centers and public clouds as more companies turn to public cloud infrastructures to extend their own data centers for agile, elastic service provisioning. That means some workloads running in the private data center will have to move to the cloud. Going forward, more businesses will adopt tools that can automate and facilitate workload management across private and public clouds.

Making Sense of Big Data with Analytics - The increase in the volume of machine data generated by the Internet of Things as well as the data flood unleashed by social networking and other Big Data sources will make it increasingly difficult to manually analyze data. As a result, companies will increase their adoption of analytics solutions whenever they need to make informed, actionable decisions in any area that is subject to a significant amount of data. On a related point, businesses will also increase their adoption of NoSQL databases like Cassandra and MongoDB to handle the growing volume of enterprise data.

Beefing up the Data Center - In the data center, businesses are going to act on several fronts. First, we'll see more data center automation. The goals here will be to reduce manual errors and free admins from the burden of repeatedly executing routine tasks. Automating processes and workflows for things like incident, problem, change and release management will help businesses improve the quality of IT services and mitigate the impact of new changes. We'll also see the use of pooled resources for compute, storage and network and the integration of management systems to cover all aspects of the data center.

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About the Author

Raj Sabhlok is the president of Zoho Corp. (ManageEngine is a division of Zoho Corp.). Raj has particular interest in IT management software having spent nearly 20 years at companies like Embarcadero Technologies, BMC Software and The Santa Cruz Operation (SCO). In his career, Raj has held technical, marketing, sales and executive management positions. Raj attended Duke University's Fuqua School of Business for his MBA.
Published Friday, November 22, 2013 6:35 AM by David Marshall
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