New models of data storage and access dominate the top ten technology trends for Indian companies, according to new analysis released Wednesday by Gartner, Inc.
The traditional deployment of physical hardwired data solutions is giving way to the greater efficiency and flexibility of “the new world of virtualization,” and as Indian infrastructure and technology adoption develop, this shift and its consequences will have a major impact on Indian business.
“While a focus on traditional training, procedures, security access, knowledge management and scripts is warranted, a focus on next-generation support skills will be paramount to meet the needs and expectations of the business more efficiently,” Milind Govekar, managing vice president at Gartner said.
The most predictable trend identified by Gartner may be hybrid cloud services, which is contrasted with a cloud service relying on another cloud service in a supply chain. The general ascendancy of hybrid cloud services was noted in a recent Gartner trends report for 2014, and was the topic of a discussion between WHIR and CloudSigma CEO Robert Jenkins.
The move away from more traditional cloud implementations is mirrored in the move away from traditional, hardware-defined networks and storage. Both software-defined networks (SDN) and software-defined storage (SDS) are among the top technology trends. SDN allows simplification of network design and operation to avoid the limitations of configuring it to individual vendor platforms and different distributed network protocols. SDS allows companies to abstract storage elements, and to separate and combine elements to tailor solutions and services, even among heterogeneous resources.
Gartner sees the gradual evolution of integrated systems towards the concept of unified fabric, which will do away with fixed intersections and boundaries, and enable faster deployment and more efficient use of resources. This virtualized, automated, intelligent fabric of top trend intelligent data centers is being influenced by X86 technology, which Gartner calls “the most important technology innovation behind the modernization of the data center.”
The report also identifies the Open Compute Project and its effect on “own design manufacturer equipment” as a top trend. Other trends include applications acceleration, the Internet of Things, IT demand, and organizational entrenchment and distruptions.
At the ResellerClub Hosting Summit in India last week, Verisign presenters said that India’s SMB market includes 47 million businesses, of which 1.1 million have their own domains. The potential for rapid SMB adoption of cloud and hosting services puts emphasis on the need for hosts to be able to offer flexibility and tailored solutions which can be deployed quickly.
Gartner analysts are presenting their findings at this week’s Gartner Symposium/ITXpo in Goa, India.