1. No more cardboard box stacks in 2014 -the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) migrates down the stack. The benefits of software-defined "everything" are well known: improved infrastructure flexibility, dynamic configuration and ultimately the complete virtualization of end-to-end data environments. In 2014, the data center, will take its rightful and obvious place as the locus of its namesake, the SDDC companies who understand how to optimize data center performance will gain significant competitive advantage in the coming year.
2. Enterprise CIOs will run to an Open Compute architecture to define the emerging Enterprise Cloud. To change the economics of compute in 2014, the CIO will work to mirror the open design standards championed by Facebook and others. CIOs are under increased pressure from the CEO and CFO to reduce the cost of compute. To realize the cost advantages of an Open Compute architecture while meeting the stringent security and regulatory requirements of the enterprise, the CIO will look to third-party data center providers to securely rollout an Open Compute architecture. This will allow the CIO to outsource infrastructure investments but still reap the financial benefits of an open reference architecture in 2014. This new way to deploy compute is a quantum shift, the old way is dead.
3. Data at the core of the Data Center. Data has brought smarter systems to city planning, logistics, and healthcare. In 2014, we will see that same intelligence applied to the design and operations of digital infrastructure. The data center will be the ideal place to fundamentally, comprehensively and enduringly address today's IT and sustainability challenges. Data center managers and CIOs will tap into the data and drive analytics to squeeze inefficiencies out of the IT value chain, intelligently manage application demand, and run predictive simulations to compose analytical models to quantify value and cost for the data center environment to bring economic, environment and social gains.
4. "Data Sovereignty" will be a monster issue. Information that has been converted and stored in digital form is subject to the laws of the country in which it is located. The widespread adoption of cloud computing services, as well as object storage, have broken down traditional geopolitical barriers. In response, many countries have regulated new compliance requirements and legislation that requires customer data to be kept within the customer's country of residence. CIOs will want to see and control their data, down to the rack-level. Most public cloud deployments don't offer their end-user visibility into where their data resides. In 2014, enterprise CIOs will look at providers who offer visibility and controls that enable policy-based compliance with respect to domain. Whether it's corporate security standards or driving compute efficiency, the CIO will be expected to know where data resides and where specific applications are running at all times.
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