Server Virtualization Technology Predictions for 2016

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Predictions made exactly a year ago about server virtualization in 2015 were a mixed bag, as technology predictions tend to be. But that hasn’t stopped writers, analysts and other industry heads from weighing in with more prognostications for the upcoming year.

Below are some server virtualization technology predictions for 2016.

LTO-7 Will Lead a Tape Storage Resurgence

As digital data continues to grow exponentially, enterprises are seeking less costly storage solutions, particularly through tiered storage systems in which multiple formats are matched to data based on a data type’s value to the enterprise, how much it changes and how often it’s accessed.

One of those formats — tape — is one of the oldest ways to store digital data. It’s also the cheapest, and that’s exactly what many enterprises are looking for in a storage solution. Fortunately, linear tape-open (LTO) has evolved since the late 1990s. The latest iteration, LTO-7, will be rolling out to enterprises early this year. Just on capacity alone, LTO-7 should be a hit: One cartridge can store 6 TB of data, more than twice the capacity of LTO-6.

Throw in faster data transfer rates and LTO-7 should spearhead a tape storage renaissance. Or, as Virtualization Review contributor Jon William Toigo put it, LTO-7 will allow “companies with brain cells to begin archiving older data in a cost-efficient way.”

Virtualization on the Application Level

Enterprise mobile technology is trending toward control at the application level. Data storage should move that way in 2016 if container technology — essentially the virtualization of applications — takes off.

Using containers enables virtualization only where needed, all the way down to parts of an application. This achieves the same results (running an application) as a virtual machine while deploying fewer computing and storage resources.

Data Storage Will Get Agile

Not only will data centers embrace technologies that are cost-efficient, intelligent and scalable, they will increasingly rely on agile methods in 2016 to manage their data. Again, just as agile development techniques help shorten the mobile app development cycle, agile management in a virtualized data center will be required to meet the needs of the business for flexibility, agility and speed. This means enterprises will also turn to DevOps, or the integration of development and operations functions, to manage their data infrastructures.

The Next Wave of Flash Will Hit

Flash storage continues to grow in popularity despite its high cost relative to disks and tape. But as those prices begin dropping, the trend will gain speed in 2016.

But the real news in flash storage could be better management tools. “As with any new, disruptive technology, first-generation solutions are focused on making the new technology work, but in 2016 we’ll see the emergence of second-generation solutions focusing on managing the technology (flash) more efficiently,” John Spiers wrote in Virtual-Strategy Magazine.

Let’s check back in 12 months to see how these server virtualization technology predictions held up. Then again, why dwell in the past when we’ll have further advancements in 2017 to look forward to?

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Chris Nerney writes about technology, science and health care for a number of websites and enterprises. He has written extensively about mobile technology, cloud computing, big data and analytics, health care finance and IT, data centers and space technology. His work has appeared in Computerworld, CIO.com, Data-Informed, Revenue Cycle Insights, Network World and numerous other sites. Chris also writes technology white papers and is an experienced editor.

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