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Rackspace View: 2013 trends and 2014 predictions

Alan Perkins | Dec. 13, 2013
Alan Perkins, Chief Technology Officer, Asia Pacific, Rackspace, shares his views on the main tech trends of 2013 and 2014

Disaster Recovery Gets Cloudy

Whether it's the catastrophic Tsunami in Japan, the deadly tornado outbreaks throughout the Mid-West or the devastating hurricane that just hit the East Coast, companies are being challenged to figure out how to maintain business operations in the midst of natural disasters. It's happening more frequently and it's a trend that will likely continue in the year ahead. The cloud will help these companies respond more quickly. The frictionless nature of moving workloads between clouds in the face of a disaster is huge, as it gives companies the flexibility they need to adapt. The cloud will be a key component of disaster recovery plans moving forward.

SSD Comes To The Cloud

We started to see this trend evolve in late 2012, but in 2013 companies will use SSDs for their cloud storage needs at an increasing rate. SSDs will be embedded into more devices, laptops and data centers. While standard drives for storage will continue to be used, SSDs will offer a higher performance option that is fast, super low energy and contain no moving parts. As more SSDs are used, costs will come down and create a virtuous cycle. This cycle will kick off in 2013, as we will begin to see many more options for SSD in the cloud.

Broader IT Skill Sets Required

As the tech industry continues its shift towards cloud computing and companies continue to implement public, private and hybrid clouds at an increasing rate, the typical IT manager, system administrator and even the CIO will soon be forced to develop a much broader skill set. This trend will help create a new job market that is ripe for those who have a generalized skill set including potentially a developer background - think DevOps - vs. deep experience within a single specialized area.

2014 cloud predictions

The cloud ushers in a new era in wearable technology.

Under Armour's late 2013 acquisition of mobile workout app MapMyFitness and Nike's continued sponsorship of TechStars Nike+ Accelerator validates that wearable technology is heating up and here to stay. Athletic apparel manufacturers will attempt to catch up with one another in a war for data about users' exercising habits. This will also continue in other areas such as smart watches, glasses and goggles, and other medical devices.This staggering amount of data generated by the growing number of these devices need to be stored and analyzed somewhere and what better place than the cloud, where it can be seamlessly transferred between device and server? This will also usher in other ecosystems of app developers and plugins as these devices emerge as platforms and APIs are exposed. The vendors that help users make the most of this data will be the winners.

 

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