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4 Common IT Predictions for 2015 that Won’t Happen

It’s a new year for IT and the speculations are rampant. While technology forecasting is a useful way for CIOs to prepare for what lies ahead, Satyam Vaghani of PernixData has a different take on all this future figuring. In an Information Age article by Ben Rossi, Vaghani turns the game on its head by predicting four trends that (contrary to popular opinion) will absolutely not change.

Solutions that Won’t Arrive in 2015

  • Flashy UIs with Substance
  • Big Knowledge
  • Software-Defined Infrastructure
  • Genuine SaaS

It’s always alluring to get the best of both worlds: flavorful yet healthy, adventurous yet safe, and in the case of IT: sexy with substance. The arrival of Web 2.0 has brought with it a rejuvenated interest in the user interface (UI), with companies like Google and Facebook setting the universal standard for UI design. However, as enterprise software makers attempt to innovate, they often lose important functionality in the process.

A second nut that will remain un-cracked in 2015 is that of big data. The most forward-moving companies have gathered and stored what amounts to a lot of acorns, but have not gotten to the sustenance (the knowledge) of their information hoards. Connecting the dots with the mass of information stored in warehouses will remain a complex and sordid endeavor, for now.

To some extent, those who espouse software-defined and cloud infrastructure solutions still have their heads in the clouds. While these approaches have indeed brought marked improvements to the agility and affordability of software-defined infrastructure, there are complexities that simply elude most companies at present, such as the software-defined data center (SDDC). Community is the key here, says Vaghani. With knowledge sharing and peer collaboration, this knot may start to come untangled.

The façade of software-defined data storage has advanced beyond its actuality, says Vaghani. If a vendor is offering software-defined disk arrays that only enhance iSCSI or NFS, then you’re not really getting the SaaS option. In 2015, this is yet another promise that wraps the technologies of the past in the colors of the future.

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