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Oracle 2014 Predictions: The Rise of Ready-Made IT

VMblog 2014 Prediction Series

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

Contributed article by Monica Kumar, senior director, Product Marketing, Oracle

2014 Predictions: The Rise of Ready-Made IT

The idea of "ready-made" is moving from its predominantly food-related past to make its way into the world of IT. First, "TV dinners" led the way to ready-made dinners and a billion dollar business was born. Then the notion of pre-mix, pre-assembled ingredients became appealing to save time, cost, and have food ready faster. In addition to time savings, consumers know what to expect, no risk is involved; they know exactly what they are getting. The same result is nearly guaranteed every time and quality is ensured -- from a single vendor - simple! No surprises.

Similar drivers will continue to fuel ready-made IT in 2014 in several areas:

More App Mobility Everywhere

Tablets have taken their place as must-have devices for business users. People are still going to use laptops, but the percentage of time working on tablets will continue to increase. Up until now, business applications had to be written specifically for the tablet OS. In contrast with consumer applications, native business applications on tablets have been slower to materialize. With HTML5 support across iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac, it's now possible to use secure remote access technologies to front-end applications and let end users access them using just an HTML5 compliant web browser, with no client software. This "bring your own device" (BYOD) approach to accessing applications across devices will continue to expand dramatically through 2014.

Virtualization Moving Up the Stack

With hypervisors now a commodity, they are becoming more widely used and valuable to cloud services. Virtualization solutions will therefore need to tie into the application stack as well as the management framework. As cloud is the driver to access and consume IT resources in the form of services, virtualization can provide the foundation that helps to bind together the computing silos of systems, storage, networking to deliver the application and IT services to the cloud. With multiple applications deployed into multiple VMs, multiple flavors of guest operating systems, adoption of cloud computing increases complexity for IT in geometric scale. Virtualization will have to provide more tie-in to the application stack and become more application driven. Lifecycle management and rapid application deployment will play a critical role. The flexibility of moving workloads from one physical machine will no longer be sufficient. Whether in development, test or production, the ability to stand up an entire environment with a VM created, OS deployed and patched and ready as a service will be critical. In many cases, IT can now shift from being assigned to execute business mandates, to being part of the business. Applications deployed into a virtualized environment or cloud environment must be available as services in order for IT to deliver on Service Level Agreement (SLA) requirements; at the same time, realize the true benefits of virtualization.

Adoption of virtualization will continue to increase particularly among midsize companies where IT expertise and costs have been the inhibitors up until now. Integrated application deployment, automated lifecycle management, enabling simplified IT, continue to be strong enablers for this segment.

Converged Infrastructure

Baking your own bread is now made easier with mixes, self-rising flour, and bread machines.. The parallel is nowhere more prevalent than with converged infrastructure. The hardware and infrastructure software configuration is prebuilt. Out-of-the-box, the hardware is pre-racked, pre-wired, pre-installed with a hypervisor, storage pre-configured with networking pre-tuned and optimized. For IT, what's left is to "pour" in the applications using applications pre-mixed in the form of assemblies. An assembly, or assemblies in this case, is a single virtual machine or multiple virtual machines. Assemblies can include the entire stack consisting of database, application, web server, application server, and related components. The entire multi-tier application stack is fully encapsulated, along with deployment and management directives.

This mix can then be deployed into the appliance and ready to serve up the next generation of, for example, a payment application or storefront. Like the bread mix, results are predictable, you know what to expect! For the IT team, deploying the applications into the converged system, pre-built with the hypervisor, provides a standardized system which is much easier to support. Should something go wrong, you have one phone number to one vendor. Expect to see more vertically integrated systems in the coming year.

Look for more ready-made IT in 2014 - easy, convenient and something you can trust!

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About the Author

Monica Kumar is Senior Director of Product Marketing at Oracle. She is responsible for driving the product marketing, business development, customer and sales programs for Linux, Virtualization, MySQL, and Open Source at Oracle. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University.

Published Thursday, December 05, 2013 6:29 AM by David Marshall
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