Happy New Year to everyone… so after a couple of weeks of festive fun, frolics and way too much food… certainly in my case anyway!!!..it’s back to work… At the back end of last year I thought that a weekly tech round up maybe useful for some of you, well it’s a new year…and I thought at least I’d try to do a round up in week one!!! Well of course this time of the year my mailbox is full of tech predictions for 2015… so here’s five that caught my eye; As traditionally someone who gets involved in infrastructure design then I suppose those are the things that interested me most, so here’s some of my favourites…
All Flash – it’s now…or is it!?
Certainly a school of thought that all flash will start to increasingly become the standard home for workloads – rather than worry about using auto tier technologies (to be honest never been huge fan of tiering algorithms) and as flash drops in price and increases its reliability then the idea of all flash as a standard may become the norm. However there is a counter argument that still SSD is way too expensive for most and totally unnecessary and that the idea of all flash datacentres in the enterprise is still some way off – It’ll be interesting to see how that moves, certainly in the Enterprises I work in, I still see Flash as pretty workload specific, the trick will be about how you integrate that into your environment.
Internet of Things
There is certainly a feeling that increasingly the Internet of Things is going to become more influential, the idea that a business can have devices feeding real time data back into their organisation to aid decision making, has obvious advantages, however as the Internet of Things becomes more prevalent, it only really has benefit if you can take that information and do something useful with it. If you’ve been keeping an eye on the CES 2015 conference, you’ve of seen lots of interest and announcements about wearable tech… of course the most obvious and visible version of IoT for most of us. The increase in use of IoT in 2015 is likely to drive the growth of data analytics. Now traditionally analytics has been the preserve of the big boys, however don’t worry the increasing amount of analytics as a service offerings from the likes of Microsoft and IBM on the global level and a whole host of niche providers is allowing that kind of insight to be available to a wider range of businesses, not just the very biggest ones.
One of the things I was increasingly involved in at the back end of 2014 was the use of cloud object stores, and this pops up in many of the predictions for the coming year and maybe not surprisingly. The likes of Amazon, Microsoft and Softlayer are offering hugely resilient storage, geo-graphically spread for pennies per Gb. Now, this is not necessarily people using this as their primary storage, in fact it’s highly unlikely that is the main use for most, however as part of a storage strategy when tied to the likes of Panzura, Steelstore and Storsimple (to name a very few) acting as your on premise gateway you can see for solutions such as backup, long term archival and global file sharing, the flexibility and cost of cloud storage is very attractive, I fully expect to be seeing an awful lot more of this in 2015.
Docker and Container technology
I blogged at the back end of last year about the Docker and IBM announcement and the growth in the Docker ecosystem and the potential emergence of other container tech, this again is right up there in the list of hot topics for the year. Containers right now is a very developer specific market, however the wider integration into major ecosystems, especially it appearing as part of the next version of Windows Server is certainly taking it more main stream. NetApp CIO Jay Kidd is very keen on the idea that containers have the potential to replace how we currently view and deploy virtualisation. The idea that your application is developed in a completely self supporting container and can be moved completely independently certainly has potential to have a big impact in all kinds of infrastructures, certainly a tech I’ll be keeping an very close eye on this year, to see how it may find it’s way into the enterprise.
Last up for this week, Security. as the infamous Sony Pictures incident before Christmas showed, there is going to be no let up in the potential damage that a data leak can do to a business. A couple of the predictions above talk about how we are going to create more data and place more data in the cloud, well if we are going to do that, then the security of that data is going to be more critical that ever and the topic is certainly predicated to stay high on the CIO’s list of challenges as we move into 2015. It’s probably critical for us all that we continue to develop our security policies and data protection plans, the last thing any of us want is the world paying extra attention to our own Seth Rogen related slip up!!! Well last week was the first week back at work after a wonderful Christmas break and as you can see already lots of enterprise technology to keep me busy this year. I hope you all had an equally good break and are looking forward to a successful technology year in whatever you do. All the best for 2015.