Happy New Year!
It’s Monday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun – and I can’t be the only one who enjoys reading predictions for the year ahead! There has been a lot of change in the technology landscape over the past year, and all signs point to 2016 being another year full of new and exciting developments.
What’s driving so much change, so fast? In my opinion, it’s a combination of the push of customer demand – big data, video streaming and the explosion of mobile devices in business to name three – and the possibilities that new technological developments open up, such as cloud computing, SDN, NFV and new network architectures – but let’s see what the experts say:
Moor Insights and Strategy shares some interesting predictions on data center networking in the new year, including this tidbit from prediction 2 that I think rings very true: “2016 will see more SDN adoption, but the real action is going to be in pockets, mostly around new emerging workloads like Big Data, private cloud and IoT that benefit from different network architectures.”
While many people consider SDN and NFV to be separate topics, I see NFV as one of those aforementioned pockets of applied SDN - where the desired outcomes are well-defined and the major players are thoroughly committed to achieving them. In this article, Martin Taylor of Metaswitch shares his predictions for NFV in 2016, with a focus on practicality.
There is no question that Cloud computing, whether public, private or hybrid, is having a huge impact on the world of technology, contributing to both sides of the equation I sketched out above. In this SlideShare, Connie Bensen shares predictions from cloud experts working with CloudCheckr, CloudMGR, Rackspace and Racemi; discussing adoption, security, infrastructure, public vs. private cloud and emerging capabilities.
2015 was a surprisingly disruptive year for the Storage industry, and 2016 is likely to deliver more change than ever. Robert Ober shares his insights on the trends that will take shape in the coming months, discussing software defined storage, the idea of the all-flash data center, the influence of hyperscale and more.
For the final link in this post, I’d like to widen the focus and share Jason Bloomberg’s wide-ranging thoughts on the year to come. He starts with a discussion of last year’s predictions – and actual events – before going on to discuss the forces influencing digital transformation in 2016.
No matter which predictions come true, 2016 is sure to be an interesting year, and I’m looking forward to sharing the news as it happens. And there’s plenty of room for more predictions – if I missed your favorites, please share the link – or your own views – in the comments section below!