Trans­for­ma­tion Be­gins to So­lid­ify

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If 2014 was a year of big change in tech­nol­ogy and new vi­sions for In­dia by the gov­ern­ment – the dig­i­tal In­dia, Make in In­dia and the smart ci­ties cam­paign, 2015 will so­lid­ify th­ese changes and start a trans­for­ma­tion. Tech­nol­ogy will play an im­por­tant role, with mas­sive de­ploy­ments in net­work, data, stor­age and an­a­lyt­ics. Some top tech­nol­ogy trends we en­vis­age in In­dia are –

En­ter­prise Plat­forms will Move to Multi-ven­dor Hy­brid Cloud Ar­chi­tec­tures

Or­ga­ni­za­tions con­tem­plat­ing both green field and brown field cloud de­ploy­ments will tend to­wards a multi-ven­dor hy­brid cloud en­vi­ron­ment, that will pro­vide the ben­e­fits of both the worlds – pub­lic and pri­vate cloud. Avoid­ance of lock-in, lever­age in ne­go­ti­a­tions, or sim­ply a de­sire for choice will make cus­tomers re­luc­tant to work with one cloud ven­dor, and mul­ti­pleven­dor hy­brid clouds will at­tain promi­nence. This growth will fur­ther be boosted as big data evolves and drives the need for so­phis­ti­cated stor­age in­fra­struc­ture.

Soft­ware De­fined Stor­age will form the Foun­da­tion for Hy­brid Cloud

Soft­ware De­fined Stor­age (SDS) is foun­da­tional plat­form which ad­dress range of use cases man­ag­ing data place­ment ac­cord­ing to cost, com­pli­ance, avail­abil­ity, and per­for­mance re­quire­ments. SDS has the abil­ity to be de­ployed on dif­fer­ent hard­ware plat­forms and will ex­tend to cloud ar­chi­tec­tures as well. SDS will en­able data ac­ces­si­bil­ity across cloud plat­forms con­sis­tently, thus sim­pli­fy­ing data man­age­ment.

Flash ar­rays will take baby steps

To date, en­ter­prises have used disks to store their crit­i­cal data. Th­ese SATA disks come with a lot of chal­lenges in­clud­ing space us­age, time taken to in­put and over­head costs to main­tain the req­ui­site en­vi­ron­ment. While this is def­i­nitely not go­ing to change and at least 80% of en­ter­prise data will con­tinue to re­side on disks, Flash will start tak­ing baby steps as or­ga­ni­za­tions be­come aware of its ad­van­tages and ease of use. How­ever, the growth of this trans­for­ma­tive tech­nol­ogy will be hin­dered by costs - the least ex­pen­sive SSDs will likely be 10 times more ex­pen­sive than the least ex­pen­sive SATA disks.

Hy­per-Con­verged In­fra­struc­ture is the New Com­pute Server

Hy­per-con­verged In­fra­struc­ture (HCI) prod­ucts are be­com­ing the new com­pute server with Di­rect-At­tached Stor­age (DAS). Tra­di­tional data cen­ter com­pute con­sists of blades or boxes in racks that have ded­i­cated CPUs, mem­ory, I/O and net­work con­nec­tions, and run dozens of VMs. HCI such as VMware’s EVO al­lows lo­cal DAS to be shared across a few servers, mak­ing the unit of com­pute more re­silient, while broadly shared data is ac­cessed over the LAN or SAN. Start­ing in 2015, the emer­gence of solid state stor­age, broader adop­tion of re­mote di­rect mem­ory ac­cess (RDMA) net­work pro­to­cols, and new in­ter­con­nects will drive a com­pute model where the cores, mem­ory, and IOPs stor­age will be in­te­grated in a low-la­tency fab­ric that will make them be­have as a sin­gle rack-scale sys­tem.

Dock­ers re­place hy­per­vi­sors as the con­tainer of choice for scale-out ap­pli­ca­tions

Com­pa­nies are in­creas­ingly look­ing for scale-out ap­pli­ca­tions. To ac­com­mo­date this need, dock­ers are more re­source ef­fi­cient and re­duce the stor­age space re­quired as com­pared to hy­per­vi­sors. We will see the emer­gence of a ro­bust ecosys­tem for data man­age­ment through dock­ers and other sur­round­ing ser­vices in 2015.

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