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Veeam 2017 Predictions: The Year Ahead - Enter the Data Center

VMblog Predictions 2017

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2017.  Read them in this 9th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Rick Vanover, Director of Technical Product Marketing, Veeam Software

The Year Ahead: Enter the Data Center

At Veeam, we've seen fairly significant changes throughout the past year in the data center, and 2017 will bring even greater ones. From increases in all flash storage to hybrid cloud use to the leveraging of data, "enter the center" in the year ahead and you will be sure to see a lot of developments.

  • Bragging Rights - All Flash Data Center: Nearly a decade ago, one of the big things to boast about was how virtual your company was, whether it was a percentage or a generic "mostly virtualized." In 2017, I think many organizations will be bragging about the fact that they have achieved an all flash (or solid state) data center in regards to production storage. That's a big accomplishment and investment, and hopefully all types of storage are considered there (backup!).
  • Going "All in" on the Cloud. I speak to a lot of people around the world and get insight on all types of data center configurations. Recently, I asked someone a few questions and it became clear their entire data center is in the hyper-public cloud. They have no on-premises data center. Going "all in" on the cloud isn't a gamble - it's a legitimate option today and we're going to see more organizations doing just that in the year ahead and into the future.
  • Blurring Lines of Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds: A few years ago, the thought of extending data center infrastructure to a hyper-public cloud may have seemed a futile endeavor of connectivity, security and a mix of unknown surprises. The market has so matured of late that I predict 2017 will see significant adoption of hybrid cloud architectures from both the infrastructure and application side. It's already happening and much greater mainstream adoption is on the horizon.
  • More Data, More Possibilities: The data center of today, and definitely of tomorrow, will increasingly hold more data. Whether it be an influx of inputs from the Internet of Things, more complex business systems, growing amounts of existing data sets; the conclusion is obvious - the data deluge will continue. The beauty is, data can be leveraged to avoid downtime, gain insight into potential issues, as well as provide other analytical value. That said, we're going to be seeing more data leveraged in 2017, and it's an expanding practice that will encompass industries and organizations which aren't currently aren't doing this yet.

It's not always easy to put down specific predictions but the reality is, the technology landscape today provides endless possibilities for organizations to provide great services based on the data center and information it delivers. So, it's a safe bet that if you're wondering where the action will be in the 2017, enter the data center - the initiatives planned will be driving your company in many ways, if they aren't already doing so. 

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About the Author

Rick Vanover is director of technical product marketing for Veeam Software, innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, providing recovery time and point objectives (RTPO) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data.

Rick Vanover 

Published Wednesday, October 26, 2016 7:03 AM by David Marshall
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