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Diamanti 2017 Predictions: Data and Operations Will Drive the 2017 Container Agenda

VMblog Predictions 2017

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

Contributed by Mark Balch, VP of products and marketing, Diamanti

Data and Operations Will Drive the 2017 Container Agenda

Containers Will Drive New Innovation to the Data Tier

In 2017 I predict we're going to see a lot of innovation in data architecture. It's an area that has always been, and continues to be, the most challenging aspect of deploying and scaling applications. Everything has to touch data, and with containers and microservices you have that many more moving parts that are exposing the inflexibility of traditional data tier technologies. Practices that became commonplace in the traditional scale-up world -- overprovisioning, fixed configurations leaned on as crutches -- we are seeing challenged by containers in particular, and the network and storage landscape is going to rapidly evolve to meet the demands of distributed, micro-services.

Container Operations Will Become the New Battleground

While containers enable faster application development cycles, IT ops is slowed by today's virtualized model with its multiple layers of infrastructure, rigid complexity and high costs. There's a fundamental mismatch between the speed that developer teams need to move, and the very manual, expensive and time-intensive operational requirements for operating containers at scale, using existing network and storage systems. 2017 will be a year where the orchestration tool providers (Kubernetes, DC/OS, SWARM) really push innovation into the networking and storage infrastructure - in particular - to focus on automation (where possible), ease of use, and allowing production container users to deploy and scale without forklifting their existing infrastructure.


About the Author

Mark Balch | VP of Products and Marketing

Mark is the VP Products and Marketing of Diamanti, bringing 20 years of product management experience spanning startups and medium-to-large companies. Mark combines technical product depth with an understanding of user requirements to lead viable business strategies with engineering, sales and marketing. Prior to Diamanti, Mark led the software and solutions group for Cisco's Unified Computing System. Before Cisco, Mark led the HP/Opsware Server Automation product line. Mark earned a BSEE degree from Cooper Union. 

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Published Thursday, November 17, 2016 7:52 AM by David Marshall
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