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Uila 2018 Predictions: Application-centric Shift for Infrastructure Teams

VMblog Predictions 2018

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

Contributed by Dilip Advani, VP of Marketing, Uila

Application-centric Shift for Infrastructure Teams

Based on insights that we have received from our customers, partners, industry analysts we have worked with, and our internal SME team, here are Uila's predictions for 2018:

Accelerated shift towards an Application-centric world

The IT landscape is shifting from an infrastructure-centric view to an Application-centric view with the mandatory expectation of Application Performance, Service Delivery and Business Impact being the endpoint for every person in IT, irrespective of whether they are in traditional IT Operation teams or DevOps.

Infrastructure Professionals will be pressured to be Application Savvy

The train is leaving the station and either you are on the train or you will get left behind or run over, as there is no stopping the "Application-centric" train in the virtualization world. IT budgets will continue to stay flat, and organizations will have to get more done with the IT staff on-hand, which calls for a "Specialist" to a more "Generalist" shift in terms of skillsets. Also at the end of the day, with the new "application-centric" shift, the IT Operations team which traditionally has stayed within their own responsibility silo only, now need to have the insight and adapt themselves professionally to get more Application savvy.

In-house VDI deployments are at a critical crossroad

VDI will continue to dominate in the Educational and Healthcare verticals with large deployments. But as many of these large deployments continue to experience end user performance issues, VDI troubleshooting will need tools that provide the necessary insight to quickly troubleshoot before they bring the user-productivity to a standstill.  If IT organizations do not quickly find a way to resolve the issues on hand, they might as well move away from VDI or will be forced to move to a VDI as a service type of a scenario.

Big year for Micro segmentation

2018 will be a big year for Micro-segmentation as a means of future-proofing Network Security. Minimizing the impact of an attack is the new means of Data Protection, as you just cannot stop all threats and attacks. But limiting the attack to a micro segment, maybe the best protection that is really possible.  In 2018, we will see more and more organizations taking the plunge here and implementing it in their environment during data center or workload migration projects.


About the Author

Dilip Advani 

Dilip Advani has over 12 years of Marketing leadership experience driving Product Management and Product Marketing teams. He developed the AirMagnet business line into the market and mind-share leader in the wireless solutions space in the matter of a couple of years, while at Fluke Networks. After Fluke Networks, as Director for Strategy and Business Development at Netscout, he was primarily responsible for shaping and aligning the integration of the wireless portfolio into Netscout's core businesses and driving business partnerships. Prior to AirMagnet, Dilip worked as a freelance reviewer for Network Computing Magazine and also led the Telecom and Networking team for a Citibank, India location. Dilip holds a Master's Degree in Telecom and Network Management from Syracuse University and a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India. You can follow him on @advani_dilip

Published Thursday, December 28, 2017 7:21 AM by David Marshall
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