Photo - Sean Ong, Country Manager Malaysia, Brocade
Our predictions for 2014 are:
1) 'Software-Defined Everything' will gain momentum: In Asia-Pacific, exploration on software-defined technologies (in the network, virtualisation, data centre, storage and infrastructure) is leading towards small deployments. With more use cases, we will see larger deployments commissioned.
At the same time, the industry will continue to work towards standardisation for programmability and interoperability with initiatives such as OpenStack, OpenFlow, and the Open Compute Project among others, creating new solutions, innovation and technologies that will benefit consumers in terms of the speed and cost at which IT can be managed.
2) Trimming the Fat with Ethernet Fabrics: Ethernet fabrics will continue to dominate data centre networking in 2014. The explosion of data has spelled an end to the traditional three-tier network and with Gartner predicting that by 2014, 80 percent of network traffic will be server to server, expect to see enterprises' continuing to trim the fat and flatten their networks for a more powerful and resilient network. At the age of 40, Ethernet continues to revolutionise networking.
3) Clouds loom large: 72 percent of organisations in Asia Pacific have adopted or are planning to deploy cloud computing within the next 12 months, according to the VMware Cloud Index 2013, conducted by Forrester Consulting.
The maturity of cloud adoption in the region signifies IT's role in business enablement. We expect to see new cloud provisioning models developed in 2014 as the use and development of cloud based architecture and applications further mature.
4) The Internet of Things revolution: Set to revolutionise industries such as healthcare, retail and transportation. Enterprises need to start studying how the Internet of Things will affect their businesses.
According to IDC, the total Internet of Things market including technologies and services will be US$8.9 trillion by 2020 with 212 billion devices connected to the Internet. Although concerns over security and interoperability with devices still remain, we anticipate some of these concerns will be clarified in 2014.
5) Big data becomes too big to handle: BYOD, the Internet-of-Things, explosion of data (especially video content) are causing many challenges as the amount of data becomes too big to handle in terms of getting value from it and in defining a strategy. Enterprises will go back to basics in 2014-what are the objectives? Are we collecting the correct data? How can we use this to enable change in our business? Furthermore, we expect to see one or two significant cases of network shutdowns caused by data overload.