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Posted by James Staten on November 15, 2010
The second half of 2010 has laid a foundation in the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market that looks to make 2011 a landmark year. Moves by a variety of players may just turn this into a vibrant, steady market rather than today’s Amazon Web Services and a distant race for second. VMware vCloud Director finally shipped after much delay — a break from VMware’s rather steady on-time execution prior — and will power both ISP public clouds and enterprise private efforts in 2011. VMops changed its name and landed a passel of service providers; we’ll see if they live up to be the “.com” in Cloud.com. OpenStack came out of the gate with strong ISV support and small ISP momentum; 2011 may prove a make-or-break year for the open source upstart. And nearly every enterprise software player and professional services organization moved from learning about cloud to delivering value-add around it. Kudos to BMC, Novell, TrendMicro, and CA’s bank account for some particularly smart moves. Sadly, Oracle went from dismissal to misinformation when they cloudwashed San Francisco’s Moscone Center, despite actually making some solid moves in the cloud.
But enough with the past, what matters as 2010 edges towards a close is what enterprise Infrastructure & Operations (I&O) professionals should be planning for in the coming year. My esteemed colleague Gene Leganza has compiled the top 15 technology trends to watch over the next three years with cloud computing serving as an engine behind many of them. But let’s drill in more specifically on IaaS.
Not all moves that show promise today will result in a sustainable harvest come 12 months, but a few trends are likely to play out. Here are my top expectations:
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