The more things change, the more they stay the same. In the following virtualization and cloud predictions for 2012, Andi Mann, enterprise software expert, picks which concepts will continue to survive, and which are due to fade away. Some of them may surprise, while others seem to be more of a no-brainer.
1. Brands may come and go, but no technology will die
Cloud will not kill data centres, virtual will not kill physical, tablets will not kill PCs, Mac will not kill Windows, Android will not kill iOS. The technology pie is growing, and almost every slice is getting bigger. So be prepared to manage an ever-increasing selection of technologies across public and private boundaries.
2. Hybrid IT is 'the next big thing'
In this new world of choices, business expects hybrid IT: a combination of on-site and off-site; cloud and legacy; private and public; physical and virtual; social and secure; enterprise and consumer; desktop and server; mobile and static. Business will also expect IT to make them work together, whether IT owns the service or not. IT must act as a trusted advisor, as a service broker, and as quality assurance for this brave new world.
3. Service quality will be IT's responsibility... again
As hybrid IT proliferates, business owners will (again) realise they do not want to manage technology; they just want it to work. In 2012, end-users will increasingly expect IT to take responsibility for service quality, regardless of who is buying, selling, or delivering that service. IT will need to support an explosion of devices, deal with complex cross-boundary services, and find a way to deliver a 360-degree service assurance across all facets of the end-user experience.
4. Public cloud adoption will slow down...
Given the results of this year's Longhaus research from Australia - an early adopter market and a bellwether for business technology - I suspect the rest of the world is in for a slowdown of public cloud adoption. Issues (perceived or real) with security, compliance, service quality, skills, staffing, complexity, and good old politics will all put the brakes on.
5. ...Even as public cloud 'gets' security
Sad but true - many (most?) enterprise decision-makers still do not trust public cloud. In 2012, IT must do a better job of deploying and explaining cloud security - and I believe we will! In 2012, CIOs will see security as less of a barrier to cloud adoption as organisations adopt more and better cloud-oriented security solutions, including solutions designed for complex hybrid cloud services, as well as solutions that are delivered through the cloud with easily-consumed Security SaaS options.
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