As I look back, beyond just 2015 to the last few years of predictions I’ve made, the trend is clear: IT transformation is picking up speed and will continue to rely on expansion into the cloud, while a focus on cybersecurity and the search for talent will continue to impact the industry.
Last year, in my 2013 cloud predictions, I focused on Big Data and the rise of cloudy SSDs. And this year, those predictions became reality: in 2013 Rackspace launched new Performance Cloud Servers with SSD storage and businesses all over are enjoying the benefits of analyzing and getting true value out of critical data sets of all shapes and sizes. And it wasn’t just Rackspace; several other cloud providers followed suit with solid state storage-based offerings to keep up.
In IT, we talk about the stack – a lot. Whether it’s the LAMP stack, the Windows stack, the technology stack; we have the tendency to look for things in a neat and orderly stack that comprises distinct, specific layers.
With all of the recent buzz around hybrid cloud, I sat down recently with Rackspace CTO John Engates and James Staten, vice president and principal analyst with Forrester, for a recorded webinar discussing public, private and hybrid cloud – the definitions, how to get started and what both of these industry leaders are hearing from CIOs.
A favorite saying of someone I know in this industry is that “It’s not the big that eat the small, it’s the fast that eat the slow”. It’s a recurrent theme as terms like “pivot”, “lean”, “agile” and “minimum viable product” become the lingua franca of startups. We’ve moved rapidly from a culture of throwing lots of time and resources at a problem to one where we give a startup the minimum oxygen it needs to survive and let it iterate quickly to find its perfect niche.