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VMTurbo 2015 Predictions: IT Industry Predictions from the Experts


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2015 IT Industry Predictions from Our Experts

There's no doubt that 2014 was a big year in the IT industry. A huge number of industry disrupters were ushered to the forefront, groundbreaking new products and companies were launched, and to toot our own horn a bit, VMTurbo embarked on its largest product release to date. As a company, we embrace change with open arms, so to wrap up the year and look forward to an even bigger and better 2015, we asked VMTurbo co-founders Yechiam Yemini (YY) and Yuri Rabover, and our Principal Solutions Engineer and Technology Evangelist Eric Wright, aka @discoposse, for their predictions.

Prediction #1: Containers Are Here To Stay

YY: Containers will begin to capture market share from traditional virtual machines (VMs) and this transition will likely be a key driver in the future of the IT industry. Management tools for container technology will become a necessity and attract fierce competition, as they allow containers to gradually replace hypervisors as the standard virtualization platforms.

Yuri: The most prominent examples of container technologies at the moment, Docker, RedHat CoreOS and Apache Mesos, represent a trend that is changing the way data centers will operate in the foreseeable future. While virtualization revolutionized conventional computing, it brought with it some legacy artifacts, namely using VMs as application containers and the siloing of resources. Containers are lightweight, efficient and have the potential to seriously disrupt traditional virtualization platforms and we will most certainly need new ways of effectively managing our data centers when the time comes.

DiscoPosse: As I see it, CoreOS will become a household name within the next year. Riding on the wave of Docker-love, CoreOS will become a major player in the operating system game. Where Ubuntu became the common platform, then was challenged by CentOS, we will see a massive community rally around CoreOS.

Prediction #2: Containers, Azure Will Toyota the Public Cloud

YY: Cloud providers will begin to converge to a two-step container virtualization strategy. The first step is to attract application developers and the second to use them as a lever to attract the production systems. The same providers will deploy advanced container management capabilities to attract the production systems.

EW: I believe that Microsoft will do to cloud computing what Toyota did to the auto industry. Many doubted the viability of Microsoft as a cloud provider, but they will lead out the big cloud players and drive hard towards engineering more solutions in the Azure public cloud, plus the on-premises Azure option. As public cloud adoptions get dangerously close to 90%

Prediction #3: Applications Take Control

YY: Application developers will increasingly use containers to develop their apps, then ship the containers to production systems.

Yuri: In the pre-virtualized world, applications were isolated into their own physical containers and thus simple to control. Enter the hypervisor and cloud technology, and there is a whole new challenge as our applications have less and less control over the resources they are consuming. There is a new generation of cloud applications that actually combine resource allocation and end-user delivery, that no longer depend on the underlying infrastructure to provide necessary resources but are able to define what they need to deliver their SLA and take the actions necessary to obtain them. In order for the industry to catch up to applications such as Netflix, who have built in these capabilities, there will need to be a secure technology foundation capable of specifying resource demands and the control to acquire those resources.

Prediction #4: Storage Gets Flashy

Yuri: Traditional hard drives are rapidly being replaced by flash-based SSD arrays, thus completely changing the way data is stored and accessed. Traditional file systems and volume management assume rotational data organization and are built to optimize it, whereas flash-based SSD essentially extends the computing memory into a larger set, dramatically reducing the time it takes to access the desired date. There is no longer a need for traditional file systems and even conventional databases will have to change. The level of storage services will go higher effectively providing new data organization techniques across one big, shared-memory space. When this happens the placement of workload close to its compute and data areas will have to be done in a much larger space and new disciplines in resource allocation and control will be required. This is where the hyper-convergence trend and SSD trend will meet to create new services.

Prediction #5: The OpenStack Inflection Point

EW: We have reached a noticeable tipping point, and 2015 will surely be the year of OpenStack in Enterprise. Our service consumption is changing to be more customer-focused, and OpenStack is doing this on the Open Cloud using flexible, open frameworks. The LTS (Long Term Support) edition of Linux derivatives has become the de facto standard for many enterprise organizations. The ability to present single editions with better upgrade path will take priority by the time the design summit for the "L" edition of OpenStack happens in Vancouver. Enterprise adoption where traditional virtualization and server stacks once lived will rely on this type of comfort for many organizations to come on board.

So did we miss anything?

Just a few important things, says Eric Wright:

Microservices are gaining momentum: In the same way that containers are gaining adoption strength, the move towards microservice architecture for software application design, along with the scale of containerized deployments, will increase rapidly.

Battle of the configuration management platforms: As VMware's vRealize gets money poured into it and Microsoft hopes that open sourcing .NET will drive the adoption across platforms, they will effectively begin a fight for a non-podium position. Existing open tools will gain adoption even more than they already have which will nullify any commercial platform from becoming a single large force in that space.


Published Friday, December 19, 2014 12:46 PM by David Marshall
@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:55 AM

Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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