As companies continue to grab onto the opportunities in Big Data, the push for data center power is growing intense. So much so that CIOs everywhere are taking a hard look at this line cost and examining potential solutions to reduce the impact. In the process, they’re paying closer attention to virtualization as a proven strategy.
The same is true in the Indian market. A recent CRN piece highlighted the potential for greater uptake and maturity in virtualization in 2014. One of the biggest drivers will be the return on investment possible with new technology. Business priorities are expected to shift as optimism returns to the Indian economy, albeit slowly. IT is expected to return much greater ROI as they seek flexibility and the ability to adapt to the dynamics of the marketplace while also lowering total operating costs.
IDC (News - Alert) recently reported that the economic impact of server virtualization in the Indian market is estimated to hit $3.89 billion by 2020. As such, this figure points to the priority the CIO is placing on technology in the next few years. Specific areas are expected to be growth drivers. Let’s take a look at a few and the impact they may have.
Software-defined data centers are expected to eventually reach the same adoption levels of virtualization and even pull ahead in terms of priority. This framework gained acceptance among companies of all sizes and in all stages of maturity and those who have already adopted the strategy are experiencing greater value over others. Still, virtualization will continue to be a draw to host big data and grid applications to deliver the necessary flexibility and reliability on the networks.
Virtualization took a different turn when companies started separating applications from their storage. Vendors are expected to deliver the layer of software that will allow data to be readily available within the available infrastructure so it is easily consumed by the appropriate applications regardless of the underlying physical storage infrastructure.
The cloud has certainly transformed the delivery of applications, but it has also had a significant impact on the end user. Cloud computing is rapidly being embraced by a number of users who may or may not have a complete understanding of the technology they are using. Regardless, they are enjoying the benefits and embracing the mobility.
For CIOs throughout the global marketplace, there are a number of opportunities that are expected to present themselves as data continues to become more important and mobility maintains its leadership position. Still, these company leaders need to know how to embrace new opportunities without breaking the bank and optimizing customer relationships. It will be an interesting dance to complete, but one worth the wait.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson