3. Clouds on the horizon
You don't need a crystal ball to know that cloud news in 2015 will be dominated by a combination of VM portability and hybrid clouds.
Cisco's acquisition of MetaCloud will further drive the "cloud in a box" movement as well as pushing "the network" to mean a combination of network, storage, and virtual hypervisors. All of these aspects are relevant now, but combining each element is the real challenge. Businesses will be forced to look at how they can support an increasingly complex network and how best to increase network security and performance.
New "cloud-of-cloud" providers (like Hosting.com) will be created to serve market demand for reliable cloud data centre architectures. Similarly, the concept of "cloud-in-a-box" will hit mainstream, as vendors like VMware introduce their Virtual Storage Area Network (VSAN) technology allowing small-medium business (SMBs) to have SAN-like advantages without the hefty price tag - cheap isn't always best, it's important to consider exactly what your corporate network needs in terms of flexibility, scalability and security before jumping on the band wagon.
We will also see an increase in SaaS based application adoption by SMBs and maybe large enterprises too. With anSaaS solution, businesses need to worry only about data security.
4. Will we cave to IPv6?
IT Pros will continue to havelittle reason to internally deploy IPv6. IPv4 is still very useful, and IT pros are being seen to take an "if it ain't broke don't fix it" approach. However, as with the ethos of network management, foresight and pre-empting issues is hugely valuable, so visibility and planning ahead for the inevitable adoption of IPv6 will no doubt make transition easier. Eventually IPv6 will be essential and businesses must be able to transition smoothly and reap the security and productivity benefits of IPv6.
5. Handbags at dawn: Internet Service Providers & Large Enterprise vs. Net neutrality
Expect the buzz on net neutrality to continue in 2015. This is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.
In Singapore, it is unlikely that the interpretation and the agenda will be pushed to an extreme, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has issued guidelines that provide balance between protecting consumers and ISPs' interest. According to IDA, ISPs are also not allowed to block legitimate Internet content, or degrade access to websites, applications or services to the point that they become unusable.
However, IDA has not legitimised banning traffic restriction. Many local ISPs do restrict peer-to-peer traffic, largely comprising of file sharing activities, which consumes significant bandwidth. Service providers argue that limiting bandwidth helps to optimize network usage.
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