2Virtualize First Becomes Corporate Mandate
Most, if not all, companies will have adopted a “Virtualize First” policy for new applications. The rush of so-called millennials, (people born between 1980 and 2000) into the workforce will push the IT move to virtualize desktops and deliver mobile apps in order to give users the capabilities and functionality they demand.
3VM Migration a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Most companies will be at least one-third virtualized, having migrated all of their least critical applications to virtual machines. 2011 will also begin the migration of business critical production apps. This transition will stretch beyond 2011, by which time most companies will be two-thirds virtualized.
4Cloud Noise Decibel Level Rises
5Battle Lines Drawn for New Apps Infrastructure
6More than a Flash in the Pan
7Object Storage Sizzles
8Snap-on, Snap-off Data Centers
9Integrated Best of Breed
Companies need to rapidly deploy modernized IT systems and will look to squeeze as many capabilities as they can out of their infrastructure in order to achieve greater efficiency. Vendors will oblige by shipping preconfigured systems with integrated IT setup and management tools. This will have a huge impact on people, processes and agility.
10Strategic Partnerships Between Vendors Are the Norm
11One Network to Rule Them All
12Will the Real Unified Storage Please Stand Up?
Unified storage will be the preferred storage portfolio in the data center. Rather maintain incompatible storage silos side by side, a fully interoperable portfolio of unified systems will collaborate to store, protect, replicate and archive cloud data throughout its lifecycle. This will enable economies of storage capacity and operational scale only possible with a unified storage deployment.