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Ovum, Red Hat Explain How Big Data, Cloud, Virtualization Will Advance in 2014

By Paula Bernier December 27, 2013

Big data will get really big, enterprises will embrace infrastructure as a service in a big way, the hybrid cloud will gain steam, open source will continue its ascent and virtualization will expand. Those are among the 2014 predictions offered up recently from Red Hat, among others.

“I believe 2014 is going to be a defining year for the technology industry,” writes Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat, in a state of the industry letter on the company’s website. “This will be the year when cloud architectures go from experimentation to deployment, where big data goes from promise to production, and when we get our first glimpse at how these innovations could potentially change our world.”

Many Web 2.0 companies have leveraged big data for some time, he added, but the majority of mainstream corporations have yet to move on this opportunity. That’s about to change, he said, adding one health care company aims to leverage big data to do such things as early identification of disease risk factors.

"Figuratively speaking, data can be worth its weight in gold in today’s information age, but only if an organization is able to effectively capture and use it,” added Syed Rasheed, senior principal product marketing manager of middleware at Red Hat.

Part of the problem, he said, is that data lives in different systems and different departments. Consolidating it and using data virtualization can help with that challenge, he added.

Mike Sapien, who is responsible for Ovum’s U.S. Enterprise Practice, in a recent Q&A with NFVZone sided with Red Hat’s point that the hybrid cloud will only continue to grow in the year ahead.

“I see the connection of clouds proliferating in many dimensions – clouds connected to other clouds, clouds connected between private and public clouds, enterprise applications using multiple clouds within one application, cloud service marketplaces where applications will be [a] combination of cloud services and not one service cloud,” Sapien said.

He added that cloud providers of all kinds will be connecting to each other and to a variety of applications and networks. What’s new here, he explained, will be that the network and cloud will be integrated and controlled from one portal or vendor.

“Cloud providers will be integrating the required network,” he said, “and telecom providers will be integrating the cloud services. SDN will be one of the catalysts or ingredients.”




Edited by Cassandra Tucker

Executive Editor, TMC

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