Enterprise IT in 2014: Making Predictions in Cloud, Flash and More

As the year comes to a close and we find ourselves another day closer to the New Year, it’s only natural that the industry begins to look ahead to 2014 and make predictions on what another year of innovation may bring. Earlier this week, NetApp CTO Jay Kidd took a closer look at the trends he thinks will impact IT and data storage in 2014; you can see his predictions here, or visit the NetApp Slideshare page.

But before Jay shared his insight on the technology trends he expects to see in the coming months, NetApp joined forces with SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and a handful of industry panelists – including Krishnan Subramanian (Red Hat), Scott Lindars (Citrix), Krishna Subramanian (Citrix) and Ryan Beaty (Zumasys) – to discuss their own Enterprise IT predictions for 2014 during the latest #NetAppChat Twitter chat. From cloud to flash to virtualization, chat participants covered a wide range of topics during the hour-long discussion.


Below you’ll find highlights from last Thursday’s #NetAppChat; you can view the full discussion here.


Key Takeaways:


  • As enterprises start to think about how they can innovate on top of cloud, CIOs are beginning to look at how they can incorporate cloud in their larger sourcing strategies. As a result, it’s expected to be a busy year as hybrid cloud solutions become more popular and organizations look to build out and refresh their architectures, although it’s unlikely “one cloud to rule them all” will work for an entire enterprise.
  • Customers are looking for open source solutions in the cloud, resulting in increased momentum around technologies like OpenStack and CloudStack as organizations look for greater control and flexibility.
  • Although it hasn’t reached the same level as cloud, converged infrastructure is getting traction in the industry as a way to reduce the time, cost and risk exposure for enterprises and service providers. 
  • Virtualization is expected to be one of the most disrupted areas in the enterprise in the next year, while the relationship between IT and business units may see a high level of change as they become more integrated.


Another question posed during last week’s #NetAppChat wasn’t focused on what will happen but rather what won’t happen in 2014 – more specifically, what won’t IT be doing in the new year? It’s clear that enterprises won’t be ignoring the changes taking place, but the real question may be whether or not IT departments within organizations will be able to change fast enough to keep up with the business changes.



What do you think? How do you see the IT industry evolving over the next year? Share your predictions in the “comments” below.