As a long time CTO, I am used to making predictions during this time of year, but I have not frequently looked back to see how I did. Last year I had 3 major predictions on Microservices adoption, SDDC & HCI becoming commodities and increasing trust in the cloud. I’d give myself an A on 1 & 3 as being spot on, with a B- on item 2, as SDDC & HCI have not receded into the background as much as I expected. At least not yet!
Amazon Web Services: They have become quite the juggernaut. AWS is clearly the market leader and a formidable company. delivering exactly what its customers and competitors expect at a ferocious pace, but not the innovative, inventive driving force they purport to be. For example, they’ve now embraced Kubernetes alongside their own ECS service, their machine learning and speech recognition initiatives seem to be following closely on Google’s heels and Microsoft’s efforts with Azure have pushed them to adapt in areas such as cloud cost optimization and IoT.
Others are innovating in all the same areas and ways. I predict that AWS starts to get perceived differently in the year ahead.
Docker: Is it just me or is Docker starting to look like a has-been and fading in the market? Containers are increasingly standardized, LXC containers are built in the Linux kernel and there are multiple options for container runtimes. Kubernetes has clearly won in the cluster orchestrator space and Docker faces open source projects and competitors at every turn. Without a must-have proprietary and hard-to-mimic core innovation like the vSphere hypervisor, Docker increasingly seems to be on a path to also ran status.
I predict they get acquired at a fraction of their once-perceived multi-billion-dollar value.
Storage: On the storage front, I see some interesting developments, not in the array space, but in the software defined, distributed storage stacks. We have the “secondary storage” players such as Rubrik and Cohesity with scale-out distributed solutions for the backup, archiving and DR world. Secondary storage could become a key player in primary storage when you consider the explosion in the size of data sets for big data and AI, coupled with server-side NVME SSD and persistent memory technologies such as 3D xPoint for rapid access in front of them.
I am also quite enamored with Datrium, a startup founded by some of my former VMware colleagues and espousing a unique architecture. They’ve taken this notion to the next level with an HCI focused, distributed storage stack that makes very intelligent separations between server side media and centralized storage.
For 2018 at Embotics, we are on our way to delivering on our CMP 2.0 vision. Today, we deliver a robust, mature CMP 1.0 platform which brings automation, orchestration, rights-sizing, security & compliance, costing and single pane of glass management for IaaS/virtualized infrastructure spanning public, private and hybrid clouds. CMP 2.0 builds on this sizeable foundation and provides customers with a platform for more easily achieving the numerous benefits of Microservice Application Architectures and DevOps methodology.
Embotics does this through our approach to CMP integrated Kubernetes containers, Managed DevOps and bi-directional, “on the glass” partner integration workflows. I predict in 2018 that platforms like Embotics vCommander start to supplant point tools and technologies that are far narrower in scope. - Embotics