Cloud, colocation, convergence and more. See where five IT pros predict these data center technologies are headed in 2015.Cloud, colocation, convergence and more. See where five IT pros predict these data center technologies are headed in 2015.
We saw a lot of data center technologies in 2014, but where are IT trends taking us in 2015?
In 2014, the third platform had a slow start. Giant IT companies drove server types, variety and complexity. Software-defined everything came from everyone and everywhere. More organizations adopted converged systems, and big data caused a storage restructuring.
Now that 2014's in the history books, experts predict how these data center trends will change and mature in 2015.
Most workloads in the cloud are driven by mobile and consumers, said Matt Eastwood, group vice president and general manager of enterprise platforms at analyst firm IDC based in Framingham, MA. Society is overwhelmingly consumer based -- smartphones keep everyone connected 24/7 -- and emerging markets are going straight to mobile in 2015.
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The economy will decide whether the transformation to the third platform continues in 2015, Eastwood said. It also depends on the type of customer.
In 2015, many people will test the hybrid cloud to see if it works for them.
If the economy is stable enough to handle corporations changing their IT model, hybrid cloud will replace or supplement aging data centers, Longbottom said. (+)