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Anexinet 2018 Predictions: What's Next for Private Cloud, Containers, Security, Mixed Reality and Quantum Computing and Encryption

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Ned Bellavance, Director, Cloud Solutions, Anexinet

What's Next for Private Cloud, Containers, Security, Mixed Reality and Quantum Computing and Encryption

Enterprises will adopt Private Cloud solutions

2018 will be the year that true private cloud solutions will start to emerge.  When I say true cloud, I am talking about the full feature set of cloud including: on-demand self-service, pay-as-you-go billing, multitenancy, elasticity, and software defined networking.  There are plenty of on-premises solutions that meet some of these criteria, but they either fall short in some areas or are notoriously difficult to set up and maintain.  As more and more enterprises get a taste for what the public cloud can do, they may start to wonder why they can't have the same experience in their own datacenter.  To that end, solutions like Azure Stack, Cloudistics, and Nutanix are working to close that gap.  Ideally they will provide a simple to manage solution, with minimal effort required to deploy and maintain.   The underlying cloud services need to just work, and they also will integrate with public cloud solutions.  Making such a complex technology simple for the end user is quite a task, but I think that more and more vendors will be taking up the charge.

Containers will show up in commercial software

There has been a lot of hype around containers and how transformative they can be for an application.  In almost all cases, the applications being deployed in containers are highly customized and developed in house or by a consulting firm.  Now that container standards are settling down, largely thanks to the CNCF, and a de facto standard for container orchestration is emerging (kubernetes); it is becoming feasible to offer commercial software in a container format to enterprises.  In the same way that virtual appliances became popular once enough enterprises had a virtualization platform, COTS applications in containers will rise in popularity when enough enterprises have a container platform.

Security will continue to be a problem

If the recent breaches at Equifax, Sonic, and Deloitte have taught us anything, it's that security is still not a true priority at most organizations.  The basic block and tackling of security practices is still not being followed, despite an escalating amount of money being spent on security.  There's room for security solutions that remove the human element from the equation almost entirely, and I expect more solutions to be released in 2018 that rely heavily on machine learning and automation.  Whether any organization is willing to spend the time and money to implement these solutions is another question entirely.

Mixed Reality will reach critical mass

For a long time now, Augmented and Mixed Reality have been a perennial promise that constantly failed to deliver.  Despite what we have seen in demonstrations at vendor keynotes, the fact is that the interfaces are difficult to create, the hardware is prohibitively expensive, and the whole thing seems mostly unnecessary.  It's a nice parlor trick, but when I need to get real work done, I'm probably still using a keyboard and mouse.  In 2018, I expect that to start changing in specific industries that can see a real benefit from the technology.  The hardware is coming down in price, the interfaces are now getting standardized frameworks, and there are some actual use cases for the technology.  I don't expect widespread adoption in 2018, but I do believe that certain verticals will start taking this stuff seriously.

Quantum Computing and Encryption will move out of the lab

In 2017, we saw amazing progress made by researchers in China to make quantum based cryptography a reality.  Using space and water as potential carrier mediums and launching a satellite to create and distribute quantum entangled particles to geographically distant sites showed that the technology exists and can be used to secure communications.  Meanwhile, Microsoft has developed a domain specific language and quantum computing simulator that can run on-premises or in the Azure public cloud.  They are also pursuing the creation of a true quantum computer, as are multiple other vendors such as IBM and Google.  I expect to see real world applications emerge in 2018.


About the Author

Ned Bellavance 

Ned Bellavance is an IT professional with over 15 years of experience in the industry.  Starting as a humble helpdesk operator, Ned has worked up through the ranks of systems administration and infrastructure architecture, and in the process developed an expansive understanding of IT infrastructure and the applications it supports.  Currently, Ned works as the Director of Cloud Solutions for Anexinet in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, specializing in Enterprise Architecture both on-premise and in the cloud.  Ned holds a number of industry certifications from Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, and Cisco.  He also has a B.S. in Computer Science and an MBA with an Information Technology concentration.

Ned is passionate about new technology and is always trying to separate out the marketing fluff from the reality of the technical fine print.  You can find his thoughts regarding the technical landscape on  He also produces two podcasts, Buffer Overflow and AnexiPod, for his current employer.  On the AnexiPod, Ned interviews subject matter experts about new trends and developments in the fields of App/Dev, Big Data, Infrastructure, and anything else that is shiny.  On Buffer Overflow Ned is joined by cohost Chris Hayner and guests to discuss weekly tech news an insightful and occasionally amusing manner. In addition to his day job, Ned also authors courses for Pluralsight.

Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:34 AM by David Marshall
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