After attending the “Future of IT” Google hangout in September, I was asked to give a quick summary on what 2014 may hold.
So without further ado..
I believe in 2014, we will see an increased demand for - and usage of - hybrid clouds, especially among SMEs who are trying to avoid large investment on private clouds to accommodate high demand, short term projects.
End user computing will play an ever larger role, with BYOD becoming even more viable for businesses, including those with strict data controlled environments. This will make use of the many mature products now available such as Horizon Workspace.
Network virtualization will gain more traction but only in some enterprise and highly specialised SME environments - NSX is a good example of this. We may well see an increasing amount of SMEs adopting virtualization in either a more serious manner or start looking at it for the first time now that local host storage is becoming a reality, cutting out the need for potentially expensive storage solutions.
Feel free to comment and let me know if you agree or disagree with my thoughts!