I’m currently here in Las Vegas attending Gartner’s Data Center conference. It’s day two and I’ve been very impressed with the quality of the sessions so far. In particular I thought yesterday’s keynote was very good and I wanted to share my notes from the talk.
The presentation was entitled, “Infrastructure and Operations: Charting a course for the coming decade” and was delivered by David Cappuccio. In his talk, David walked us through the “10 Trends to watch carefully.”
10 Trends to watch — Carefully
- Virtualize beyond servers: Desktops, network, storage, Hardware
- Desktop virtualization is a very hot topic right now (thick client image, thin client delivery model),
- Estimate enterprise data growth over the next 5 years is 650%
- The surprising figure is that 80% of this will be unstructured data and this will be a big issue.
- Attack with virtualization, de-duping…
Energy and Green IT
- CIO’s KPI goes from “keep it running” to “keep it running, but make it efficient”
Consumerism and Social Software
- Twitter grew by 1,382% in ’08, 62% of that growth came from 39-51 year olds.
- Advice for CIOs: start paying attention to what’s going on in this space and get involved. It won’t go away.
Unified Collaboration and communications
- # of text msgs sent in the last 24 hours exceeded the total population of the planet (and this stat is a year old!).
- Texting isn’t a convenience it’s a way of life
Mobile and Wireless: It’s all about the apps
- Mobile apps will need new servers for delivery
- App delivery is highly complex
- The management tools in this space are immature
- This is the next target for virtualization
- Apps are typically priced around $1.99 (when they’re not free), think of how much the same app would have cost if you had to buy it for your PC.
- Operating expense (energy cost) of current x86 system will exceed its purchase price in three years
- Energy cost per year for 2 typical racks is $105,000
- Blades are leading toward componentized servers
- Today blades are proprietary server infrastructure in a chassis solution
- This is evolving into a componentized datacenter in a chassis solution (but still proprietary)
Mash-ups and Enterprise Portals
- These are private cloud enablers
- They allow for rapid/flexible development
- There are creeping standards, but it is largely uncontrolled
- Need to set clear standards but also encourage innovation
- Private clouds improve agility and will dominate
- 70-80% of investments over the next 5 years will be in private clouds
- Advice: ignore the hype, focus on the results
- Focus on service levels
- Common services are available now and may reduce operating costs
- Managing cloud sourcing: Service brokers
- Represent an evolution of today’s SI’s and VARs
- They will orchestrate cloud providers to meet an organizations needs
- They will be small enterprises and industry specific
- Managing cloud sourcing: Dynamic Sourcing Team
- Large enterprises
- New team, new skills(business- and IT-savvy)
- Manages day-to-day sourcing decisions
- Evaluate commodity services you provide and what can move to the cloud
- Evaluate cloud delivery model for internal use
- Categorize applications/services based on SLAs and risk before proceeding
Stay tuned, more from the conference to come.
Pau for now…