By Manoj Nair | January 10, 2017
Last week our CTO James Thomason contributed three predictions to David Marshall’s 2017 Virtualization and Cloud Series in his 9th annual VMblog.com series exclusive. Building on these thoughts we’ve expanded into further predictions and how they will impact 2017 and beyond.
Prediction: Edge Computing
We’re moving to billions of devices and that processing is happening on the edge of data collection; bandwidth and the onsite needed to analyze data presents a big opportunity for CIOs. We will also see the start of a switch from highly centralized cloud models to decentralized edge models.
Prediction: IoT and Data
Data, data everywhere – with 20 billion connected things to be bought, integrated and supported by 2020 (according to Gartner), businesses being built around them will create new opportunities for CIOs and demand the rethink of infrastructure; consuming IT, not building IT, will be essential.
Network and storage virtualization will become more mainstream; containers increasingly will become the default choice for new applications being deployed; with storage at a big expense no one is going to pay for net new hardware optimized storage deployments anymore.
Software will continue to eat hardware with cloud (on-premises and off-premises); CIOs will continue to look towards infrastructure solutions that will free them up to focus on innovation.