The IT infrastructure landscape has never been more exciting. We find ourselves at the epicenter of change that will continue to accelerate throughout the decade. Competing technologies no longer encounter the same barriers of entry that occurred in previous decades. This brings the benefit of choice, but at the potential cost of increasing complexity – or does it?
Storage was one of the last bastions to experience an exponential technology curve. A great deal of this was driven by startups and not the major players – we’ve seen more than 80 new players enter this marketplace over the last number of years and few will survive. Some will be acquired as we’ve recently witnessed, as more of the larger vendors will look to this community of startups as their R&D labs – resulting in them placing big bets on technology that they couldn’t have funded or imagined. The business benefits of these emerging technologies are compelling enough that customers are now willing to federate their storage architectures and build “fit for purpose” models.
It’s also predicted that servers will go through another architectural shift. Generally we’ve moved from standalone servers to blades to integrated stacks – all holding the same paradigm of a server which has components of compute-memory and I/O. In the not too distant future it’s expected that these components will be acquired separately – if you need more speed just add more CPU’s and likewise for the other remaining components of the traditional server. It’s interesting that these changes are being managed outside the typical R&D labs of the major manufactures. The best and brightest are now being attracted to the Hyperscale vendors where radical change is necessary to support the business. However, it is expected that these changes will filter into mainstream and be picked up and productized by the major manufacturers.
Building architectures that can easily adapt to take immediate advantage of these emerging solutions in storage and servers will allow you to achieve maximum benefit. Going forward we feel it’s never been more important for you to choose a partner that can help navigate these technological advances. Partners that can provide the complete solution lifecycle from multiple vendors will deliver the desired continuity especially in the dynamic IT marketplace of today.