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Recap: 146 Virtualization and Cloud #Predictions for 2015 - What did Company Executives Say in VMblog's 7th Annual Prediction Series

 

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 and analysts expect that trend to continue throughout 2015.

That leads me to the following information -- What can we expect this year?  How can we beat the year we just had in 2014?  To find out, VMblog once again kicked off its annual Virtualization and Cloud Prediction Series now in its 7th year!  This series keeps growing and gets better and better every year -- and this time, we hit another record for participation.  We've had a whopping 146 submissions come in from various companies all around the world, each deciding to share their quality predictions for 2015 with VMblog readers.

Each of these predictions have been published throughout the months of October, November and December.  But in case you missed any of them, here is your chance to easily catch up and read what these industry experts had to say about what we should expect for the remainder of the year.  Enjoy!

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Cirba 2015 Predictions: Realizing the Practical Realities of the Software-Defined Data Center

In 2015 the momentum toward the Software-Defined Data Center will continue, and leading organizations will further hone their SDDC vision and more precisely define exactly how they will get there. This is important, as the focus on internal cloud in recent years has greatly advanced the end-user wo... Read More...

As we near the end of 2014, we're excited to see what 2015 brings, especially when thinking about virtualization and data management.... Read More...
 
In 2015, IT decision makers will need to wrestle with a number of difficult questions dealing with data storage: What solutions can be put in place to reduce disruptive changes and make IT more adaptable to dynamic business needs? How can they easily add flexibility and scalability to existing IT in... Read More...
 
This has been an exciting year for enterprise technologies and trends. Here are some of my thoughts on what's coming in 2015. For even more predictions around storage, be sure to visit the Infinio blog when you're done reading this one.... Read More...
 
Liquidware Labs 2015 Predictions: The Evolution and Importance of the User Experience
My prediction is based on the evolution and importance of the user experience. Application and desktop virtualization strategies continued to flourish and grow within organizations.... Read More...
 
When looking at the use of bare-metal, I'm seeing a shift from the hypervisor. There are two main areas I see this starting to really take shape.... Read More... 
 
If one thing stands out over the past 12 months, and portends what we will see more and more of in 2015, it's the notion of stateless computing. What is "stateless computing?" I hear you ask. Great question. The progression towards virtualization in and around the desktop has taught us some extreme... Read More...
 
As 2014 winds down, we naturally look to what's ahead in the new year. The virtual desktop market certainly saw some growth this year, but will the growth be sustained through VDI or through a resurgence in SBC (Server Based Computing)?... Read More...
 
Despite the growth of cloud IT options-and the massive amount of publicity this growth has received-we are still a long way away from a complete shift from on-premises IT infrastructure and applications to a completely cloud-based IT environment. In fact, estimates are that approximately just five t... Read More...
 
It is that time of year again to take stock of the year we've had and look forward to what we should expect to see in this market. I have been in the data storage business since 1984, and I have never seen such dramatic change in such a short amount of time as we have this year. The tectonic shift... Read More...
 
2015 is shaping up to be a very interesting year, especially for midmarket companies. We predict that their increased adoption of new trends will further catalyze five key areas of change:... Read More...

Veeam Software 2015 Predictions: 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, th... Read More...
 
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... Read More...
 
Not only will Hybrid Cloud take off in 2015, but self-determination of enterprises moving applications between clouds will be a top trend in the IT Industry Segment in 2015.... Read More...
 
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Looking Back: Bain Capital Ventures Prediction "Ranking" for 2014

I don't feel that I can predict the future any better than my peers; however, it forces me to think about the future and solicit feedback. And, it puts just enough pressure on me to have fun, extrapolate and be wrong, which I enjoy almost as much as being right.... Read More...

Anuta Networks 2015 Predictions: The year of NaaS (Network as a Service)
There has been significant activity in the networking area around technologies such as NFV, SDN and OpenFlow. Telcos are partnering with standard bodies and vendors to push for NFV. Enterprises are thinking of deploying SDN based solutions in their datacenters. Various vendors are promising to simpl... Read More...
 
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 a... Read More...
 
Nearly every year, enterprise IT gets a little more exciting. With new technology appearing almost daily, this could be the most astonishing year we've seen yet. New advances will bring amazing opportunities, and some watchpoints as well. Here are just a few of my predictions for enterprise IT in 20... Read More...
 
In 2014, the Internet turned 25 years old. In the last quarter of a decade it has advanced considerably, taking on a form that very few could have imagined. But has it matured?... Read More...
 
You would be pretty worried if you didn't have fire safety and evacuation plans in your office, so why would you not put the same risk assessment strategy in place for your data? 2015 will be an important year for businesses as they look to the cloud to fulfill their disaster recovery (DR) needs. D... Read More...
 
In 2014 the cloud grew into a ubiquitous presence, distrusted by celebrities, joked about in pop culture, a storage closet for consumers, and now enterprise technology companies are making this the new battleground to gain market share.... Read More...
 
By the end of 2015, we will see at least one vendor offering an OpenStack product deployed in containers, and deploying only container workloads.... Read More...
 
2014 saw acceleration of major transformations impacting the IT and networking landscapes, particularly with respect to IT-as-a-Service and cloud, SDN and NFV. We expect 2015 to continue the trend. Among our expectations:... Read More...
 
According to IDC predictions, cloud services are expected to accelerate in 2015 with $118 billion in spending on the greater cloud ecosystem. Conversations with IT decision makers across companies large and small, within many different industries, indicate that the level of adoption advanced signifi... Read More...
 
‘Tis the season for industry watchers to ask those of us on the innovation side what the coming year will bring. We've certainly offered predictions and educated guesses about the state of solid-state storage on this blog, but it now behooves us to make a few bolder statements, and a few disclaimers... Read More...
 
Integrated Systems continued to gain traction and mindshare during 2014. Integrated Systems address the complexity and cost issues associated with building clouds and data centers to serve the needs of current applications. The Integrated Systems market is dominated these days by Converged Systems t... Read More...
 
2015 will be the year of Cloud Federation (Hybridity) - by artificial means. Enterprises will become increasingly frustrated with vendor lock-in and wary of public cloud security risks, and look for solutions that enable them to leverage an orchestration of private, public, and hybrid clouds - custo... Read More...
 
Technology has a history of moving from large monolithic systems used only by experts, to ones used by everyone. In the 1950s, we had huge computers that filled a room and required a team of people to operate, and now we have personal computers and smartphones. However, there is still a lot of data ... Read More...
 
Docker and containers will continue to garner attention in 2015, but the landscape will get more complex as new supporting entrants join the fray and tangential players catch up.... Read More...
 
Predictions or forecasts are at best poorly focused visions through a cloudy pane of glass. The computing and virtualization technologies are constantly changing. Open source software and hardware are only contributing to increase the rate of acceleration.... Read More...
 
With the impending end of support for Windows Server 2003 and expiring hardware support for 2008-based servers, many enterprise IT organizations are exploring evolutionary alternatives to their existing branch office strategies, including cloud storage gateways. However, data size and access pattern... Read More...
 
For the past few years I've used this holiday period as a chance to do some prognostication - looking back at trends from the previous 12 months and trying to predict what's next.... Read More...
 
In 2014, we saw malware attacks and hacks like never before. Headlines amplified the aftermath of several large-scale breaches, making cyber security both a board-level discussion and a national priority.... Read More...
 
CIOs who virtualized and consolidate their data center servers over the last ten years are now extending virtualization across the enterprise to include networking, storage, cloud and mobility deployments. With the new era of the borderless enterprise upon them CIOs are keenly aware of the need to r... Read More...
 
StackEngine 2015 Predictions: IT Imperative 2015 - Get Ready to Manage Containerized Applications, They are Headed Your Way
While it's not very much of a reach to predict the continued explosion of containers and containerization technologies for 2015, the details and specific implications for IT operations and management professionals are critical. 2014 has laid the groundwork for 2015 with a year's worth of experiment... Read More...
 
2015 will be the year that Software Defined Networking truly takes flight. The software defined enterprise leverages cloud services to free up resources for business value creation. In 2015, forward-looking companies will adopt intelligent network infrastructures that are able to deliver flexible an... Read More...
 
Thirty percent of the real estate on a typical Web page is not under the control of the website owner [1]. The use of third-party ads, search boxes, social media widgets (such as "Like us on Facebook"), and analytics tools that act behind the scenes tracking users and performance is commonplace, and... Read More...
 
In the era when the only way to deliver a product to customers was via a box, the channel ruled. A software product changed many hands before it landed in the hands of the customer. But, with the advent of the online delivery models, software could be downloaded and installed right from the web.... Read More...
 
This year proved to be a momentous step for the development and adoption of distributed applications. Smaller web-scale companies, to larger web-scale companies and now enterprises are deploying distributed applications; and we expect to see the trend pick up steam in 2015. We are entering an era of... Read More...
 
Enterprise IT is evolving at a rapid pace with new platforms to address emerging business demands. The integration of mobile devices, cloud adoption by business, expansion of data repositories and a general trend toward centralization is changing the way IT is consumed and managed. Backup and recove... Read More...
 
IT is changing faster now than any time in the last 20+ years. And with that, comes excitement surrounding predictions. In 2015, we will witness the adoption of DevOps across enterprises as well as OpenStack move past the recent disappointments expressed throughout the community to be seen in a posi... Read More...
 
In Back to the Future II, 2015 is full of ubiquitous flying cars, holodeck-like 3D movies and all-terrain, levitating hoverboards. While these technologies certainly aren't as common or advanced as they are in the movie, early versions DO exist. AeroMobil is bringing the world flying cars. Microsoft... Read More...
 
A confluence of technological and IT trends relating to mobile and cloud are creating dramatic changes in how and where people work, computing workloads are processed, and work applications are delivered. What these changes all have in common is that they make businesses more dependent than ever on ... Read More...
 
Several cyber takedowns occurred this year when hackers infiltrated Home Depot, Michaels, iCloud, JP Morgan and the list just goes on. And while consumers and companies have been hit hard in 2014, 2015 will be the year of the cloud attack.... Read More...
 
As we move into 2015, it's clear that the "cloud" has become the tech buzzword of the decade. The problem with throwing around this word so much is that the term becomes a piece of jargon that doesn't help explain anything and can be misused.... Read More...
 
It's that time of the year again. Everything is holiday themed, temperatures are low and clouds pervade to signal winter storms. And in the spirit of this year's end, it's time to make predictions for the year to come.... Read More...
 
2014 will be known as the year of security breaches. From Home Depot to Walmart to Walgreens, mobile data security made the headlines this year and threats are only becoming more sophisticated. In addition to security breaches, we also saw a long list of vulnerabilities discovered in 2014. These eve... Read More...
 
As cloud computing adoption rates continue to soar in 2015, IT leaders will look to address the growing challenges of security and compliance, performance and financial control. Coupled with external factors such as the threat of data breaches and pending regulation changes around the globe, the ent... Read More...
 
It would be difficult to miss that the talk around containers has gained significant momentum over the past year. Most of it has been spurred on by the much-hyped Silicon Valley startup, Docker, which is focused on Linux containers (i.e., Linux application virtualization technology). Of course, co... Read More...
 
Thanks in no small part to embarrassing celebrity photos stolen, hacked or leaked from clouds to the web this year, when people see the term "cloud," it no longer requires a trip to Dictionary.com.... Read More...
 
The cloud has more than changed business in 2015, it's completely restructured the way we work, access information and perform business tasks on a daily basis. The growth of Internet of Things and the rise of the mobile workforce will only continue to spur this rapid change. As we move into the new... Read More...
 
Real-time data analytics is inspiring innovation beyond advertising and marketing. More companies are breaking away from the pack and differentiating themselves by the powerful things they're doing with the data, such as creating truly captivating content and entertainment, and discovering and treat... Read More...
 
The New Year is a time for resolutions and the enterprise is making some of its own. Beginning with leaving behind the memories of growing pains in cloud computing and coming into to a higher, or maybe deeper, level of transformation.... Read More...
 
Cloud IaaS deliver vastly greater business agility, service provisioning times, and economics. These environments require that underlying infrastructure be automated and scalable to build an on-demand delivery model providing dynamic and consistent services in a shared, multi-tenant environment. In ... Read More...
 
In 2015 the biggest backup trends will center on enterprise backup and recovery using the cloud as the direct target, an unheard-of performance feat just a few short years ago.... Read More...
 
2014 has proven that hackers are changing their attack strategies to focus on stealing credentials so they can steal data from within. These attacks are clever, because no amount of firewalling or traditional web security can block authorized access.... Read More...
 
In the past, companies relied on business intelligence (BI) tools to drive strategy and identify opportunities based on historical data. However, in today's fast-paced, data-driven economy, traditional BI often moves too slowly. Operational intelligence - the ability to analyze live, fast-changing d... Read More...
 
According to a recent report from IDC, the global communications market is undergoing a seismic shift. After decades of declining revenue and stagnant innovation by legacy communications hardware vendors, a new market is ascending, driven by cloud communications platforms.... Read More...
 
Every year, new technologies emerge that promise to make our business more profitable, our workers more productive, or our processes faster than ever. This explosion of new apps fills the void and solves business problems, but over the long term can cripple businesses by adding complexity to busines... Read More...
 
It has been quite the year, the year vulnerabilities and breaches turned into what seemed like a regular occurrence. iCloud, Goodwill, HealthCare.gov, Home Depot, The White House, Bash, USPS, NOAA, Sony - and that's just recapping breaches that occurred after August. But with enterprises demanding g... Read More...
 
2014 will be remembered as the year of container. Few outside of the most "bleeding edge" circles had heard of Docker at this time last year. Yet today, Docker is the hottest technology on the market. However, Docker's market offering has begun to splinter into a number of directions, as the project... Read More...
 
CIOs have a big year ahead, as they arise to the challenge of securing and protecting enterprise content. A recent study conducted by Forrester revealed that 89 percent of CIOs plan to invest more in information governance programs in the new year. At the same time, 44 percent of survey participants... Read More...
 
In 2015, enterprises will continue to pursue ways to combine the security and cost effectiveness of their private infrastructure resources with the agility of public clouds.... Read More...
 
The stage has been set. Enterprises over the last four decades have been busy building and buying thousands of business applications. At the same time the growing wave of BYOD and corporate led mobile initiatives has led to an explosion of the number of mobile devices in the enterprise. The reality ... Read More...
 
Back in 1724 Edward Ward famously noted that death and taxes are the only two certainties in life - had he lived in the present day he may well have added the adoption of cloud computing to this list.... Read More...
 
As Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure have made abundantly apparent, public cloud IaaS has huge advantages. Massive scalability and elasticity, the ability to shift infrastructure costs from capital expenses to operational expenses, and great economies of scale are just a few of the major... Read More...
 
There's a common thread in the news and trends that gripped us in 2014: despite the industry's best efforts, our data could not always be maintained. "Big data" was one of the year's top buzz phrases, maintaining its presence in our business decisions and conversations with colleagues, customers and... Read More...
 
Spirent's Principal Architect for Cloud and Virtualization solutions, Iben Rodriguez shares his top 10 predictions for SDN/NFV in 2015.... Read More...
 
The hybrid cloud is now the new normal in cloud computing. The whole point of a hybrid cloud is to design and customize cloud capabilities that address your organization's unique needs. But today - service providers typically offer a one size fits all service level agreement. You need a service prov... Read More...
 
After nearly 15 years in business, it's fair to say FalconStor has seen its share of changes in the storage industry," says FalconStor CEO, Gary Quinn. While not without its challenges, we believe the upcoming year will bring positive changes overall, and the net result is users will see better choi... Read More...
 
Arista Networks 2015 Predictions: Looking Ahead in the Networking Industry
2014 has been an incredible year in the networking industry. We've witnessed a transformation from point products to network platforms, furthering the movement toward software driven cloud networking. At Arista, we are pleased to be a part of driving the pace of innovation for public, private and h... Read More...
 
Tesora 2015 Predictions: A Look Ahead at the Cloud, OpenStack, Database Landscape
Our company is the leading contributor to the OpenStack Trove database as a service project, so that is the lens I look through every day. With that in mind, here are some of my observations and predictions for the year ahead.... Read More...

Everything in culture has a way of repeating itself, it happens in every arena of our life. In fashion we look at items as vintage, whether it is from the 70s or the roarin' 20s. In music, artist like Justin Timberlake harken back to the days of early Michael Jackson and we have some artists today... Read More...
 
Colocation and service providers are continually looking to attract new customers, expand service offerings and grow revenues. Simultaneously, businesses are turning to the cloud to improve agility, extend reach and contain costs. According to Cisco's most recent VNI report, by 2018 three quarters o... Read More...
 
As data and software services more rapidly move to the cloud, there have been increased discussions across industries on how to secure cloud computing.... Read More...
 
"Cloud will continue to advance" has been the No. 1 prediction of data center visionaries for years. In 2014, we saw many of those forecasts come true as large-scale clouds made their mark on the industry and delivered measurable returns on investment. The benefits of the cloud have come into sharp ... Read More...
 
Cloud computing has emerged from the hype to prove its value to businesses that deliver and acquire IT services and software. There is no doubt the cloud has impacted how we access information and business services. As the hype settles, it's important to understand how the trend, as well as related ... Read More...
 
From hyper-convergence to software-defined, 2014 was a year in which we saw a renewed interest in transforming the data center. If the past 12 months were any indication, we'll see a bigger and stronger push towards simplicity, lower costs, and ease of use in 2015. But that's not all. Here are a few... Read More...
 
2015 is the year most companies will finally put their fear of using the cloud to rest, and the industry will awaken to a new Cloud Economy.... Read More...
 
The evolution is constant. Information technology is impacting more and more aspects of our personal and professional lives. As the complexity and diversity of devices, platforms and modes of technological interaction advance, so do the associated risks from malicious individuals and criminal organi... Read More...
 
How long have we been on the edge of our seats waiting for CIOs to truly take a strategic role in business? They've been too busy keeping the business running! Well, that changes in 2015. Let's take a look ahead at predictions for the new year.... Read More...
 
The data center of yesteryear is gone. Large server closets at individual companies are quickly being traded in for cloud-based infrastructure that allows for flexibility, responsiveness and agility. The question is no longer if a firm will use the cloud, but when, how much and for which workloads. ... Read More...
 
The New Year will, of course, bring lots of new developments in enterprise software. Here are a few key trends I anticipate will take center stage in 2015:... Read More...
 
As cloud service offerings and providers who sell them increase in numbers, and usage escalates in tandem, what should enterprises anticipate seeing in the realm of cloud offerings in the coming year? In 2015 expect to enter the next phase of the cloud: cloud 2.0.... Read More...
 
Yes, it's that time of year again. After an exciting 2014, several new technologies have gained prominence in an effort to wrangle the explosion of data. Like the big bang, it seems the universe of data is expanding at the speed of light, creating the need for innovative new storage and networking t... Read More...
 
Looking back on 2014, several new technologies entered the mainstream IT lexicon, and that momentum of change is now forecast to build in 2015. While this year saw the maturation of the Internet of Things, next year will mark the emergence of the Internet of Enterprise Things. Big Data will cede the... Read More...
 
Research from the Citrix Service Provider Center of Excellence shows that customers and service providers are seeing growth in hosted desktops and workspace resources that are business-ready and customized for specific vertical markets. Our global DaaS market report revealed that 87 percent of DaaS ... Read More...
 
Connecting enterprise branch users directly to cloud based applications will continue to build momentum, taking advantage of the Internet as the new WAN.... Read More...
 
There are a plethora of consumer apps that supercharge our personal lives, from on demand dating apps to apps that alert us to potholes. But for work, we generally have email and web. Employees are still stuck in the 20th century version of the Internet when it comes to accessing work data on mobile... Read More...
 
For over a decade now the focus has been virtualization in the data center which then emerged to software defined data center and private cloud. The motivation to virtualize desktops, servers and storage has been cost saving and will likely be the main driver moving forward. Mobility on the other ha... Read More...
 
Last year, I wrote here on VMblog.com, "in 2014, we'll finally see signs that the inescapable commoditization of Data Center Top-of-Rack switches will begin to accelerate, and this segment of networking will finally be ready to follow in the footsteps of the server market." You can read the article ... Read More...
 
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 sid... Read More...
 
It can be challenging to decide between cloud-based and premises-based business applications. While some prefer to keep things in-house, more companies than ever are choosing to put applications, including Unified Communications (UC), in the cloud. The good news is it doesn't have to be one or the o... Read More...
 
The virtualization market is yet again poised for changes in 2015 as growing BYOD demand will continue to push IT departments to evolve their positioning and policies to satisfy employees. Throughout the latter stages of 2014, indicators have shown that virtualization technology is finally reaching ... Read More...
 
In 2015, service provider interest in network function virtualization (NFV) will increase dramatically, but the technology's success hinges on its ability to integrate with the provider's strategic assets, including installed physical networks and operational support systems (OSS) infrastructure. In... Read More...
 
Data sovereignty and privacy remain concerns for businesses considering cloud platform adoption. Cloud-based service providers will establish more local (aka region-specific) data centers to address the data sovereignty issues. Local data centers will also facilitate faster data access and improved ... Read More...
 
When a new cyber attack surfaces, another company is thrust into a harsh spotlight. It must field questions from angry customers and investors and scramble to ensure that it won't happen again. The Wall Street Journal on June 29, 2014 reported its own research found that 1,517 companies traded on th... Read More...
 
You don't need a crystal ball to see that organisations will continue to push data, applications and general compute power into the cloud, as the benefits offered by virtualisation are too attractive to ignore.... Read More...
 
2014 was undoubtedly the year of the vulnerability. Shellshock, Heartbleed and POODLE touched more than half the Internet and ushered in a new era of cyber security, shining a light on the Internet's weakest points. The notoriety of these vulnerabilities gave hackers more leverage than ever before, ... Read More...
 
For enterprise IT departments embarking on cloud implementation, 2015 will be the year of web-scale IT. With increased consumer demands for always-on digital services, IT leaders are being forced to reshape decisions about their IT infrastructure and are considering new routes to public, private and... Read More...
 
RiverMeadow 2015 Predictions: What Innovative Ways can IT Impact the Business in 2015?
This question looms in the minds of cloud and IT professionals this time of year with all of the round-ups and forecasts, giving us the chance to take a step back and think about what we've learned and to note patterns and emerging trends.... Read More...
 
Hybrid clouds got plenty of attention in 2014. In the past 12 months, we saw influencers transform from anti-hybrid activists to pro-hybrid evangelists. Part of that change stems from the fact that the suspicions the market once held about public cloud security have ebbed. Companies have done well k... Read More...
 
The role of IT teams is rapidly evolving, and now more than ever, IT agility is nearly synonymous with business agility. At the same time, the continued growth and adoption of cloud, the ever-increasing drive for virtualization and the looming potential of "software defined" is pushing IT systems in... Read More...
 
The last four years have seen tremendous growth in the cloud space, with adoption trending upwards consistently, as predicted. A recent cloud survey from Evolve IP, shows that nine out of 10 IT professionals believe that cloud computing is the future model for IT for mid-market business with 81 perc... Read More...
 
2015 will usher in the year of multi-cloud platforms. Gone will be the days of virtualization and the cloud understood by only the very tech savvy. The mass comfort with the cloud will happen because VMware's reign as the predominant cloud provider will wane, making room for Microsoft's HyperV and A... Read More...
 
With 2015 rapidly approaching, it's the time of year when people start making their predictions for the upcoming year, oftentimes with many people proclaiming 2015 to be the Year of the [fill in the blank]. Those titles always take me back to the early to mid-nineties, when year after year was suppo... Read More...
 
As we close 2014, it's time to think about what next year will bring in the rough and tumble cloud computing industry. Here are my top predictions for 2015:... Read More...
 
It's official - global enterprises have truly embraced cloud computing: data centers can now connect to public clouds and private clouds, efficiently use compute capacity and energy, and connect resources around the globe in an instant.... Read More...
 
It seems we are seeing the pivot point in the maturation of OpenStack and turning the corner into real-life usage.... Read More...
 
2015 will be a pivotal year for the future of network technologies. Industry-wide shifts that previously seemed far away are just around the corner, and demand for higher bandwidth and improved network efficiency will require new approaches from IT networking professionals.... Read More...
 
There's no denying the fact that 2014 was Big Data's true "coming out" party. The release of Hadoop 2.0 and YARN made the technology more accessible to the masses. Additionally, the massive amount of human and machine-generated data related to Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices continued to ... Read More...
 
At the end of every year, a number of industry leaders pull together their predictions for what they expect to happen over the next twelve months. When we are right, we're geniuses. When we're wrong, we fade into obscurity or worse, become a cautionary tale for others (think Robert Metcalfe's "I pre... Read More...
 
Enterprises will get "predictive" and start analyzing future impact of potential environment/licensing changes on software budgets - before those changes are made... Read More...
 
RackWare 2015 Predictions: Five Cloud Predictions for the Coming Year
Many enterprises are diversifying away from, or moving completely over to new cloud infrastructure. This is occurring primarily due to anticipated cost savings from the pay-per-use model of the public cloud, where companies only pay for the bandwidth, processing, storage and memory resources that ar... Read More...
 
A new year brings new strategic initiatives, new projects and new challenges for IT leadership. In 2015, we believe CIOs face many important decisions that will help shape the future of their IT organizations. We predict that IT departments will evolve towards the following trends:... Read More...
 
CIOs face many new challenges as we approach 2015, including risk management associated with the growing number of unsanctioned consumer apps creeping into the workplace; supporting the myriad devices that come with BYOD; and, most importantly, evolving help desk services to keep pace with the chang... Read More...
 
The database industry has much to be excited about. During the past year we have seen both innovation and an accelerated adoption of NoSQL solutions. Backed by solid research, from both the academic and commercial sectors, these advances offer practical solutions to the unstructured data problems to... Read More...
 
For small and midsize businesses, what's going to move the needle in 2015?... Read More...
 
As global enterprise workforces continue to disperse around the globe, the public Internet is carrying more mission-critical traffic over long distances than ever before. At the same time, the types of applications that knowledge workers rely on are changing. Today's applications are increasingly re... Read More...
 
2014 was the year of the security breach. Over the past year, data breaches at Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan and P.F. Chang's, among countless others, have thrust network security into the forefront of IT professional's minds. In 2014 alone, 47 percent of American adults had their personal informati... Read More...
 
As enterprise IT pivots toward mobility and agility, 2015 will prove developers are now the driving force and lead decision makers. This will ultimately lead to new adoption trends throughout the year, as enterprise IT organizations recognize the need to be able to deploy applications across all env... Read More...
 
One of the biggest trends impacting the security posture of "the enterprise" is the migration away from "Bring Your Own Device" and toward the "Internet of Things" - whether discussing wearables or Internet connected devices, information security professionals can't ignore the momentum of data being... Read More...
 
As we come towards the end of Q4, 2014, now is a good time to look at the emerging trends for 2015, and maybe even make some predictions.... Read More...
 
2015 will bring a significant step forward for the virtual desktop. Why? What will be different from last year? Well, all of the players in the virtual desktop space have stepped up their game like never before.... Read More...
 
2015 will be the year of enterprise mobility. Sure, maybe you've heard this before, but 2014 paved the way with a huge shift towards user-led mobile enterprise apps which is finally moving the needle on enterprise mobile adoption.... Read More...
 
It's that time of year when everybody starts writing their predictions for the next year. In IT, we can write about anything and everything (and we usually do). For Cloud fans, I thought about what 2015 holds in store for all of us. In the past several years we've had predictions about the Year o... Read More...
 
Public cloud prices will continue to drop. This is a bit like predicting the continuation of Moores' law in 2015.... Read More...
 
When a company deploys a private cloud, efficiency, performance and of course, cost are of utmost importance.... Read More...
 
Software Innovation in Storage Unlocks the Hardware Innovations of the Last 5 Years. Not long ago the primary issues plaguing storage were performance and cost. Those issues have been tackled with hardware innovations, including flash, multicore and 10 GB Ethernet.... Read More...
 
Heavily driven by expanding online and mobile user bases, emerging international markets, and advances in shipping and payment options, the worldwide B2C e-commerce sales will surpass two trillion dollars by 2016. As such, in 2015 we will continue to see rapid developments in the e-commerce space an... Read More...
 
By early 2014, whatever doubts remained about the role of cloud giants Amazon, Microsoft and Google had been dispelled. The big clouds were clearly here to stay, and they were already disrupting the way IT did business. This trend will evolve in 2015 as the market separates into the disruptors and t... Read More...
 
With the advent of tools like Docker, 2014 was the year Linux found containers. While other operating systems, like Illumos and BSD, have had solid container support for years, Docker flipped this on its head, targeting the Linux platform and going after developers, which has created a significant b... Read More...
 
SDN has been seen as a laboratory experiment until now, but in 2015 we'll see several commercial use cases developing. The general idea is to implement policy-based networking, so that network changes are based on business logic rather than specific L2/L3 adjustments. With SDN controllers in their n... Read More...
 
Cloud computing is clearly making its way into enterprises. IT shops have up-leveled virtualized infrastructures into full-fledged, private clouds within their corporate firewalls and under their control. And employees, often of their own accord and sometimes advised by IT, have begun using public c... Read More...
 
As organizations begin implementing SDNs to support production applications, they will recognize the importance of securing access this very powerful layer in their infrastructure.... Read More...
 
I enjoy looking back on the prior year to see if anything happened remotely resembling our collective foresight at SmartDeploy. Some of the trends and events we predicted did occur: the PC market is stabilizing, SaaS is gaining popularity, and we did indeed see some E.U. policy reform relative to cl... Read More...
 
In 2015 we will, for the first time, see broad adoption of technologies that leverage CPU capabilities to make endpoints (clients and servers) vastly more secure, by design. My focus here is on hardware virtualization, though other CPU features will play a crucial role in this journey.... Read More...
 
Similar to the rapid transformation toward virtualization in the data center we saw in 2005, for 2015 we are seeing the leading indicators of high adoption rates of public cloud among larger enterprises, starting with innovation spaces such as software and product design. Large enterprises best suit... Read More...
 
A recent survey by the BT Group, revealed a major dilemma facing our community in 2015: 79% of respondents said they're adopting cloud storage and web applications in their businesses. However, in study titled, "What's Holding the Cloud Back" by Intel, 80% of respondents "identify security and ease ... Read More...
 
So it's nearly 2015 and almost all aspects of the application and infrastructure stack can be virtualized and scaled to achieve higher throughput and high availability requirements. This is also true for the database layer as long as all data can be stored and managed by a single server or virtual ... Read More...
 
Perspectives on cloud infrastructure have changed dramatically in the past year. Whereas companies originally turned to the public cloud as an experimental space for managing specific workloads, now, its potential has expanded into a core infrastructure strategy. It is now possible and viable for co... Read More...
 
These prediction things are always fun. Most of the time you can read them, laugh, and then walk away. How often do tech predictions come true? So before I tell you about why the cloud is going to die, I thought it would be good to revisit the predictions I made last year and see how I did.... Read More...
 
There is a large transformation taking place in the storage marketplace. It is a fundamental shift, with storage companies moving from being proprietary providers of the physical disk to being the software-based management layer that will manage heterogeneous storage devices. This shift is changing ... Read More...
 
Last year I predicted that Amazon would cozy up to the enterprise-friendly hybrid cloud. I think they have. Thusly, I think next year they will gain considerable traction in the large enterprise, with larger deployments in shorter periods of time.... Read More...
 
Many organizations are entering a new year with old desktops and laptops that they don't want to replace. They have better, more strategic uses for scarce IT funds than upgrading their PCs.... Read More...
 
In 2015, we will see the bulk of the remaining Enterprise ISVs who don't currently support subscription or pay-per-use licensing, finally embrace cloud licensing.... Read More...
 
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Happy 2015 everyone!  And thank you for your continued support of VMblog.com.
Published Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:27 AM by David Marshall
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