Dec 19, 2013


By now the major analyst firms have published their trends for 2014, and there is pretty common consensus over the macro trends that will be drivers for opportunities and threats in the years to come. While there are many variations on the definition of these trends they can be generally recognized by some common words

  • Cloud

“Cloud computing’ describes a service model that combines a general organizing principle for IT delivery, infrastructure components, an architectural approach and an economic model – basically, a confluence of grid computing, virtualization, utility computing, hosting and software as a service (SaaS). Or, put more simply, the cloud is IT, presented as a service to the user, delivered by virtualized resources that are independent of location.” The 451 Group

  • Big Data 

“Big data” is high-volume, -velocity and -variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing for enhanced insight and decision making.” Gartner

  • Mobility

Enterprise mobility is the trend toward a shift in work habits, with more employees working out of the office and usingmobile devices and cloud services to perform business tasks.” Tech TargetThe trends I have covered in this blog series are based on these macro trends, but are specifically focused on trends I expect will happen in 2014. If we were to map to these macro trends, I would organize them in the following way:Cloud

  • Technology refresh will focus on business outcomes

‒      Less about the infrastructure and more about the application

  • Converged solutions for select applications

‒      Rapid deployment and operational efficiencies

  • Greater adoption of Private cloud

‒      Cloud provisioning and self service in secure private cloud

  • Encryption of data at rest becomes table stakes

‒      Ensure the privacy of all file, block and object data

  • The transformation of IT operations through virtualization and automation

‒      Skill sets as well as roles and responsibilities are changing Big Data

  • Big data explosion drives PB file capacities

‒      Scalable file efficiencies to address the volume aspect of Big Data

  • Object storage casts light on dark data

‒      Silos of data stores contain hidden value to address the variety of Big Data

  • Reduction of backup through archive, copies, and snaps

‒      The storage explosion is multiplied by uncontrolled backup copies and clones and needs to be brought under control to manage the volume of Big Data

  • Explosion of enterprise flash

‒      Focus on enterprise flash over commodity SSD to address the velocity of Big DataMobility

  • Sync and share solution for shadow IT

‒      Shadow IT of mobile devices needs to be brought under IT control in order to synch and share information across devices and with authorized coworkers in a secure, anywhere environment.


2014 will be an exciting year for IT. Customers and vendors will have to broaden their perspective of IT in order to leverage the macro trends of Cloud, Big Data, and Mobility

This is my last post for 2013.  Enjoy your holidays and see you next year.