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Akanda 2015 Predictions: The Year Enterprises Adopt TOR and Open Source Technology


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

Contributed article by Mark McClain, CTO of Akanda

2015: The year enterprises adopt TOR and open source technology

2014 was a great year for innovation within enterprise technology sector. As we begin 2015, we will begin to see companies adopt solutions that allow for better agility and efficiency. TOR switching may become an industry standard when building data-centers and we're likely to see more enterprises adopt an open source model. The containerization craze will undoubtedly continue to thrive, yet the speculation over security will not be settled. Here is a more in depth look at our predictions for the coming year.

1.  The rise of the Top-of-Rack Switch

The benefits of commodity Top-of-Rack (TOR) switching are widely known and have played a key role in recent data center design trends. These switches now offer improved hardware capabilities, better support for traditional server configuration management tooling, as well as the ability to install custom applications within the switch. In 2015, we'll see more deployments that utilize these features, enabling lightweight network virtualization without the additional cost and complexity of a centralized network controller.

2.  Enterprises continue to open source products

In 2014, open source proved itself enterprise-ready, providing companies with flexibility, freedom and customizability. This has led to a new business tactic for large enterprises - open souring their technology. Microsoft was a key player in this trend, reinforcing their commitment to developers by taking .NET open source. In 2015, we'll see a heavy uptick in the number of companies adopting an open source model, therefore also leading organizations to further expand capabilities.

3.  Continued turbulence within the containerization market

Containerization was one of 2014's hottest topics and has experienced major growth within the past year. Nevertheless, many are still skeptical of adopting the approach, especially at the network level. While incredibly popular, the containerization market experienced quite a bit of turbulence over the past year, mostly due to security concerns. This has led some to shy away from the model while others swear by it. We will likely see this tug of war continue throughout 2015 and beyond.


About the Author

Mark McClain is an industry veteran with over 14 years of experience in software development. Prior to joining Akanda as CTO, McClain served as Senior Principal Architect at Yahoo! where he contributed to the strategic planning and architecture expansion of the company’s OpenStack platform implementations. Prior to Yahoo!, McClain held Senior Developer positions at DreamHost, Pictage and SignPost Networks. McClain is also a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee and currently a core member of OpenStack Neutron.

Published Thursday, January 08, 2015 6:46 AM 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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