In late August 2012, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) unveiled the latest edition of its Infocomm Technology Roadmap (ITR) to chart technology trends that will figure strongly in three to five years.
Computerworld Singapore is taking the opportunity to set the ITR as the foundation layer for its year-ahead feature. Heavyweights in the enterprise IT space talk about their perspectives on the Roadmap; the industry developments and customer demands that they foresee happening in the specific themes that these technology giants operate in.
In the sixteenth part of a regular feature, VMware talks about its 2013 product and services roadmap, industry developments, customer demands and case study scenarios. The spokesperson is Nicholas Tan, Country Manager, VMware Singapore.
As the demand for cloud computing initiatives continue to rise, CIOs and IT departments face a new set of responsibilities. Instead of being solely a builder of services, they now need to become brokers of services and infrastructure capacity sourced either internally or rented from multiple external resources. Modern CIOs are looking for ways to transform the way they provide IT services flexibly without sacrificing security and reliability.
VMware's vision of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) - delivered via the VMware vCloud Suite - will help organisations address concerns about integration, hybrid management and security and allow business leaders to leverage cloud computing to closely align with their company's needs.
As many datacenter operations remain constrained by dependencies between software and specialised hardware, the industry will continue to progress toward greater simplicity and flexibility, converging towards a fully software-defined environment. This in turn will offer a far more effective, resilient and cost-efficient approach to delivering and managing infrastructure which modern CIOs are looking for as they take on their new responsibility of being a broker of IT services.
As seen in the results of the VMware Cloud Index 2012, a study commissioned by VMware and conducted by Forrester Consulting in October 2012, more companies now recognise cloud computing as an enabler to their businesses. In fact, 73 percent of Singapore respondents expect their company to grow or expand in 2013, signalling more potential opportunities to increase cloud adoption; 77 percent said they see cloud computing as a top priority investment and highly relevant to their businesses; while 69 percent believe that failure to implement cloud initiatives could result in their organisation falling behind the competition.
As the strategic importance of cloud computing grows, IT needs solutions to manage the business of cloud effectively by measuring the performance and cost across all cloud services - infrastructure, application and end-user computing. CIOs and IT departments will need to find means to flexibly deliver IT services that would allow them to scale up, scale out and increase IT footprint on demand, without sacrificing security and reliability; all while maximising the use of internal assets and leveraging external providers as it makes sense to do so.
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