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Zadara Storage 2015 Predictions: Forecast – IT is Getting Very "Cloudy"


Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015.  Read them in this series exclusive.

Contributed article by Noam Shendar is VP of Business Development at Zadara Storage

2015 Forecast – IT is Getting Very “Cloudy”

Each year, we take a look at the trends in the industry and forecast what the upcoming year will look like.  It is never good to drive you car by only looking in the rear-view mirror.  Running a business is no different.  We need to be looking forward, but with a proper level of attention to our side mirrors and rear-view mirrors.  So the following is our view of what lies ahead on the road.  As usual, there will be interesting scenery as well as some unexpected obstacles.  While the forecast is "Cloudy", that isn't necessarily meant in a bad way.

Last year's predictions pointed to Enterprise cloud adoption, cloud storage price drops and the massive expansion of as-a-service offerings.  For the most part, we were right on track.  In 2015, we believe we're going to see a great maturing of cloud services and as-a-service business models, as traditional IT models begin to wane: 
  • Blurring Between Cloud and Data Center

Organizations are managing data across multiple physical tiers, including their on-premises data centers, colocation facilities and the public cloud. Today, these tiers host different types of workloads determined by security, performance, management paradigm and budget needs. Over the coming year we'll see the differences between these tiers shrink as more efficient, elastic, and responsive architectures will be adopted beyond the public cloud, while the cloud will deliver more robust Enterprise services. Moreover, the management of these tiers will become dramatically simplified with solutions enabling a single management paradigm across all locations.

  • IT Equipment Ownership Begins to Decline

Albeit slowly, IT equipment ownership begins to decline as the predominant IT standard in favor of as-a-Service approaches. As organizations contend with growing capacity demands and a need for data center infrastructure refresh, as-a-service models will see continuing adoption from vendors and channels alike. New companies and startups will avoid CapEx-intensive ownership altogether, while existing IT departments will seek to rid themselves of maintenance headaches associated with hardware management in favor of OpEx led infrastructure both on- and off-premises.

  • ROI and TCO Lead IT Decision Making

Staying within budget is no longer enough. Business stakeholders want to see the ROI of every IT investment by adopting the strategic use of cloud services to better understand expenditures and resulting benefits. As such, we'll see organizations adopting more sophisticated charge-back and show-back models to lift the fog off their expenses and analyze ROI and TCO of their hardware and software infrastructure. Understanding how departments operate and how those operations relate to their IT costs will provide new insight into TCO and lead a more strategic approach to IT.

  • Petabytes for Pennies - More Solutions using Commodity Hardware

With the rapid growth of data, costs and budgets gain an even higher priority. As resources are increasingly squeezed, any technology that makes the data center more efficient will see increased adoption. In 2015, we will see more innovative solutions emerge that are built on commodity hardware and low-cost interfaces to achieve greater density and increased performance at lower costs. As hyper-scale demands hit Enterprises, organizations will follow the lead of the web's giants who are building lower-cost solutions from commodity components without compromising either reliability or performance. Even traditional vendors see the changing landscape, and are speaking about agnostic solutions.

  • Capacity to Become an IT "Enabler" Rather than a "Constraint"

Storage-as-a-service and big data analytics will enable IT to contend with the tsunami of data. Rather than constrain IT development, application deployment, or responsiveness (as often happens today), the growth of capacity will drive more extensive database testing, new applications, greater value from data and, ultimately, increased IT responsiveness.  This will result in a stronger alignment of IT infrastructures with corporate goals.

  • Storage Tiering in the Cloud (not just to the cloud)

In reality, data tiering has been difficult for many organizations to fully achieve, often due to the lack of physical resources needed to accommodate each tier. With new storage options and Enterprise-grade features in the cloud (such as SSD-powered services and mission-critical HA capabilities) organizations will now be able to move more applications to the cloud and take advantage of even greater cost efficiencies, employing tiering techniques within the cloud itself.

Do you see these trends emerging? Is your organization already taking advantage of these changes? Let me know in the comments.


About the Author

Noam Shendar is VP of Business Development at Zadara Storage, a provider of enterprise Storage as a Service (STaaS) solutions. 

He has over 15 years of experience with enterprise technologies including at LSI Corporation, MIPS Technologies, entertainment technology startup iBlast, and Intel.  

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