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Veeam Software 2015 Predictions: 3 Things that will be Different in 2015


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Contributed article by Rick Vanover, product strategy specialist for Veeam Software

3 Things that will be Different in 2015

Each year we get a chance to take a look at what the next year will bring. This year, I've learned a lot and am excited for the future. Last year, I made a softball prediction that the data center would shift from being virtual first to virtual only. Did it happen? Well for some, yes. For others, there still is work to be done. I'll take my stab at things for 2015 that may make a difference in our day to day IT lives:

  1. New application models will change the data center. This is a deep and wide prediction, and we see a lot of ways that this can change the fundamental makeup of the applications we use. Whether we move critical (or even non-critical) applications to a cloud model, or leverage new application development types; there will be big application changes.

  2. Serious investments in protection are more welcome discussions. I think IT pros around the world have finally learned how to talk to business managers and explain that if the data center is down, their business is down. Now it becomes easier to have the discussions around what needs to happen to give new options of availability and protection. Is the investment required for a disaster recovery site in order? Is a cloud strategy ripe for exploration? Should data centers be made at a remote site to give new protection options? There is no clear-cut approach that works for everyone, but a few things are clear. If the data center is highly virtualized (a nice throwback to my prediction from last year), there are key storage investments and there is a priority to develop a cloud strategy; there are scores of options.

    Archaic applications (see prediction #1) seem to always get in the way of making protection and availability goals met across the board. If we change the application, we may be able to change the availability and service levels that our stakeholders expect.

  3. Non-rotational storage will find its way in. Too many discussions I have with people gravitate back to a core limitation on storage performance. This includes the running state of some data centers as well as disaster recovery and availability infrastructure performance. When the thought of using SSDs or all flash arrays come up as an option, too many people disqualify the strategy right away. But there are more options. Tiered storage, memory accelerators and honestly too many options to enumerate. Explore the options, there are many to be had; maybe 2015 will be the year that you get that storage performance boost you need.

While varietal, these predictions hit on a lot of key data center issues that we all face. I hope that 2015 will see your IT career improve, your data center service levels improve and willingness to make successful data center changes in line with the expectations of today.


About the Author

Rick Vanover (vExpert, Cisco Champion MCITP, VCP) is a product strategy specialist for Veeam Software based in Columbus, Ohio.

Rick is a popular blogger, podcaster and active member of the virtualization community. Rick's IT experience includes system administration and IT management; with virtualization being the central theme of his career recently.

Follow Rick on Twitter @RickVanover or @Veeam

Published Thursday, December 11, 2014 6:23 AM by David Marshall
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