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Maxta 2017 Predictions: The Emergence of Application-Defined Infrastructure

VMblog Predictions 2017

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

Contributed by Yoram Novick, CEO, Maxta Inc.

The Emergence of Application-Defined Infrastructure

History shows that new information technologies and paradigms are at first revolutionary, then evolutionary as they seek to become mainstream, and eventually commoditize as they give way to the next wave of innovation.

In the world of virtualized infrastructure, 2017 will see the continued rapid growth of hyperconvergence as it moves toward mainstream status. But the next wave will begin with the emergence of application-defined infrastructure, in which users will be able to holistically view and manage virtualized infrastructure, including hypervisors, servers, storage and networks, from the perspective of the applications that use them.

Why? Because applications digitally embody the knowledge of the enterprise, making them the common denominator around which businesses revolve. It is both intuitive and powerful to align the way people manage their virtualized infrastructure with the way people manage their businesses.

Why now? Historically, infrastructure has been complex and expensive, with a continual focus on streamlining. Moreover, there has been no platform to develop application-defined infrastructure. Today, hyperconvergence has already addressed the basic infrastructure challenges and is mature enough to enable development of the next layer of innovation.

Application Consolidation on Hyperconverged Infrastructure Will Begin

In 2017, IT and I&O teams will continue to be challenged to do more with less. Driving greater levels of efficiency throughout the IT infrastructure will be of paramount importance toward achieving financial objectives, while reducing infrastructure management complexity will be equally important in enabling the agility to allow IT teams to operate at the speed of business.

In the world of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), 2017 will see the beginning of a user and vendor trend toward mixed applications and multiple workloads being deployed on a single software-defined storage cluster or HCI appliance, driving superior resource utilization and further reducing the cost and complexity of virtualized infrastructure overall.

Why? Because acquiring and maintaining fewer SDS instances or HCI appliances reduces both CAPEX and OPEX, while simplifying operations and improving overall reliability. IT and I&O teams will realize both savings of time and money, allowing them to be more responsive to changing business requirements.

Why now? First generation HCI solutions have worked well for single workloads but can't efficiently support multiple workloads. More recently, some HCI solutions are able to efficiently support mixed applications and multiple workloads, thus enabling application consolidation.


About the Author

With a proven track record of building successful startups, and deep expertise in enterprise systems, storage, and software, Yoram drives Maxta's vision and strategy.

Prior to founding Maxta, he founded Topio, known for its data replication and recovery prowess, and led the company as its CEO from inception until it was acquired by NetApp. Following the Topio acquisition, Yoram served as Vice President and General Manager of NetApp's Data Replication Business Unit. Prior to Topio, he spent 13 years at IBM in storage research and development capacities.

Yoram holds 25 patents in the systems and storage domains and sits on several boards of directors, guiding other entrepreneurial tech companies along their own paths to market success.

He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in computer science from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, both Summa CumLaude.


Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016 9:03 AM by David Marshall
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