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Veeam 2016 Predictions: Time to change the applications?

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2016.  Read them in this 8th Annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Rick Vanover, Senior Product Strategy Manager, Veeam Software

2016: Time to change the applications?

As 2015 comes to a close, I'm sure many IT pros around the world are scratching their collective heads and wondering what to do with some of the latest infrastructure technologies. Application containers and a cloud stack in particular are something that sounds promising, but won't necessarily fit into what many IT pros are doing as things are today.

Let's look at why this is the case. First of all, these latest technologies were built around a different way of thinking about the infrastructure associated with running applications. Traditional applications, while are not quite a legacy approach, took a different approach to leveraging the infrastructure. At the time, each makes sense as to why things are the way they are today.

But how does this apply to a critical application that may run our business and hosted in a cloud or a data center? Do we need to re-assess how critical applications are designed and architected, but on a deeper level how they are built? I challenge that 2016 will introduce serious consideration for full redesigns of applications that run businesses today. It's needed quite frankly.

I'm not referring to effectively insignificant changes such as virtualizing an old physical point of sale system or migrating to the latest version of Windows, Linux or SQL Server for the same application. I'm seeing a wholesale replacement, modernization of components and architecture as well as thought to delivery for today's mobile-first world.

It's a bold thought, but technologies are in place now to offer companies an opportunity to give a competitive edge built-right in to how applications are made.

But what does it take to change? Well, that's the hard part. For this prediction to come true, IT pros need to do a few things that may be different from the norm. The first is to have conversations with business owners, they give the money and if the benefits are clear - the money won't be a problem. Additionally, the design of applications need to take into consideration mobile-first access, availability levels to meet the expectation of the business today and how to scale for more growth.

2015 and years past have given us an incredible data center platform to work with, maybe it's time to use it!

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About the Author

Rick Vanover (vExpert, MCITP, VCP, Cisco Champion) is a senior product strategy manager 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 Wednesday, December 09, 2015 8:41 AM by David Marshall
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