In February, several of the top virtualization vendor companies released their fourth quarter results and guidance. From this release, we should be able to get an understanding of how the companies are performing. VMware, Citrix, and Red Hat are the companies for whichI have some data to share. The source of the revenue reports is Cleveland Research Company, and the sources of the individual company reports are CRC and FactSet Estimates.
Will Virtual Reality have a place in IT? While Virtual Reality (VR) is still in its infancy it might be currently most associated with the computer gaming industry. However, there is a big interest from companies outside the computer gaming industry. As a matter of fact, Mark Zuckerberg over at Facebook has had quite an interest in virtual reality to expand the Facebook platform and there are some predictions that 2017 may be the year that Facebook VR finally emerges.
Is 2017 the year that cloud migrations really take off? First, let me preface that statement by defining the term cloud migrations to mean applications or workloads that have or will be migrated to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) platform. With that said, Corporations in general, have been laying down the groundwork by training, hiring and or building a cloud services team that will also encompass a cloud migration group or what is also commonly referred to as the migration factories. All the pieces have been put into place and what is left is the execution of the migration. For some companies, the overall cloud strategy is a strategy to not just get to the cloud, but also could be a strategy to get control of the workloads that may have been deployed to the public cloud along the way.
How is artificial intelligence development going in your environment? That question might make you pause for a moment as you ponder the idea and then find yourself scratching your head wondering what artificial intelligence (AI) I could possibly be referring to. Let me present this construct. Artificial intelligence, much like cloud computing, has a definition that varies depending on who you are talking to.
Will 2017 be the year of the self-healing data center? One might consider this to be the holy grail of IT operations: having an infrastructure that can, to a certain level, maintain and resolve issues as they arrive.
The next generation datacenter, which was a topic that was presented to me that would be a topic of discussion for an upcoming panel discussion and I thought it might just be a good time for me to share my thoughts on what might be the next generation datacenter.