From the CTO Desk: Technology Trends for 2014
January 10, 2014
With the New Year behind us I find myself looking back at a truly incredible year for Long View, but also getting excited for the year to come. There are some game changing technologies on the horizon that I believe will truly reshape IT departments across the globe and Long View is well poised to be on the forefront.
1. Software Defined Networks
For the less technical let’s keep this high level. Essentially, Software Defined Network (SDN) is a network where the brains (control plane) and the muscle (data plane) of a network are separated. In traditional networks, the only way to prioritize the type of information being moved is by controlling the network on a ‘per box’ basis and also designing them with more capacity than needed to carry the information effectively. With SDN, software can be used to configure the network elements and prioritize the movement of information. This allows clients to make better use of their existing infrastructure. Instead of purchasing more capacity, and having to physically add more network capacity, a Software Defined Network can mean clients are able to optimize the network operations and capacity they already have, moving information when and how it makes sense to their business.
2. Software Defined Storage
Not unlike a software defined network, software defined storage uses software, not hardware, to manage the storage of information. This again means that existing storage can be used in a more purposeful, and efficient way. Organizations have greater control over what types of information are stored where, and how, without regard to their existing platforms. This means concerns over storage compatibility and utilization can be greatly reduced.
3. Hybrid IT
I saved the best for the last. If you’re at all technical no doubt you’ve already seen this term, and even if you’re not, there is a good chance you’ve heard of hybrid IT, which is already proving to be a game changer. Hybrid IT essentially means companies can store their information, run their workloads and applications in a variety of different places and access it seamlessly. For example a company may have very important information which they prefer to keep on servers at their head office, but for less important information they may have purchased storage space on a cloud. Let’s say down the road, both information streams need to be accessed simultaneously. Previously that kind of undertaking would have been an extensive operation, with the emergence of Hybrid IT it can happen much more simply.
You’ll notice all three of these technologies do essentially the same thing. They allow organizations to have greater control and customization over how their information is used, stored and accessed. It is technology doing what it should, allowing information to be used in a simpler, straightforward manner.