Tech Trends for 2013

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I thought I would share some of the trends I’m seeing in enterprise IT and how I think they will move into 2013

“Cloud” will slow

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Even with marketing telling you to move everything to the cloud, businesses will slow down cloud adaption and be more strategic on when and were cloud is used. I think backup and DR for the cloud as well as moving email to the cloud will grow.

VDI will adapt or die

Another technology that is more marketing hype than real world deployments. Current vdi solution are very limit on use cases and high on cost. The bandwidth requirements for large deployments over the WAN make most vdi installs too costly. VDI solutions are just now starting to offer options for personalizing a vdi desktop and not have it lose its master image link.

Application virtualization

Non web applications will need to be?separate?from the OS, so the OS can be kept “clean” and portable. This will allow the application to be updated from a central location as well as be deployed on any needed OS or device.

BI will move to the user

With the latest version of SQL and Sharepoint I see BI being handed to the user. The user will be able to use tools they are?accustom?to like excel but have the backend power of sharepoint. The dashboards in sharepoint will give quick access to metrics and the ability to drill down and see the data behind it.

IT Process improvement and automation

Lean IT, ITIL, what ever you want to call it. I think to continue to do more with less, IT will have to adapt Lean process and automation. Not only in?application?development?but in the infrastructure side of the house. The term private cloud takes the idea of?automation?and charge back to the business can use internal resources but have the simple setup and management of public cloud solutions

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5 thoughts on “Tech Trends for 2013

  1. VDI is specific solution, but for company to have benefit for such technology, minum is 25 VDI devices. Off course, you have to prepair and buy all necessary infrastructure – servers and storage.

    Additionally, you will want to back up regulary virtual machines, so probably have to buy some additional licences

    We have bought arround 20 VDI’s because we had storage space, and it will be really interesting to follow management in future decision: to extend storage and infrastructure or simply buy workstations.

    1. 25 seats is a POC, not something you want to continue to run with. If you only have a small segment of your users using VDI the total cost will be huge because you’ll have to manage those 25 seats different than the rest of your organization.

  2. I agree. It also depends how big is organization. We have around 300 users, 100 on workstations.
    It would be fantastic to have them on VDI – backups, less power consumption, central management etc..

    IT gladly virtualize workstations because much less support is needed since we have optimized infrastructure for this project.

    Total waste of money if we stop on 20 VDI’s now.

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