Did you know that we spend hundreds of hours per year in formal technical training? We have a serious commitment to ongoing education! In addition to all of the technical training we complete our executive team maintain relationships with their peers in key vendors. One of the most exciting times of the year is in the late summer and early fall when “announcement season” begins. This year’s season began with a ten day trip by our senior executives to meet with their counterparts at key vendors and manufacturers. We were all overwhelmed with the information they brought back. Here are some of the highlights:
- VMWare announced that they will no longer require vRAM licensing. You can read more here
- Storage Vendor EMC announced plans to more closely integrate its Avamar backup product and VMWare.
- Electronics giant Samsung revealed the Microsoft Surface powered interactive table. See it here
- IBM Acquires Texas Memory Systems and plans to integrate DRAM-based caching into their storage solutions. We blogged about this change here
- A clear line of commitment was displayed by multiple storage vendors to pursue 40GbE Converged Network Adapters (CNA’s) as the future of storage integration.
- IBM revealed an established 4 year roadmap for PureSystems; Including over 1400 Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s). Some of the big names include SAP, Oracle, and PeopleSoft
- Storage virtualization is here to stay and the developments in this emerging area of technology are fast and short-lived.
- De-duplication both inline and on-disk is a rapidly developing area. Players like EMC, Quantum, IBM, and Datto have developed technologies to permit organizations of all sizes to better leverage their disk storage.
- WAN Optimization and compression are being slowly replaced by bandwidth aware applications and virtual desktops. Sub-block WAN optimization is the next generation in this established space.
- The Virtualization wars are just getting started. With giants like Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, and the Open Source community all competing for mindshare and market share.
- What would announcement season be without the mention of ”The Cloud”? This year the term ‘Cloud’ has come to mean everything from a traditional SAN running in your data center to a pure virtualized Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform. Some of the more exciting developments in the Cloud department include;
- Enterprise grade Peer-to-peer encrypted data backup
- Upcoming improvements to Microsoft’s licensing of Windows 8 for IaaS and PaaS environments
- Dramatic developments in stability of voice services provided in a pure subscription model
- Exciting changes and developments in subscriber’s ability to monitor and report on a cloud providers’ security/backup position for their data.
We commit to our clients that we are always at the leading edge of technology. We back that commitment by dedicating our senior staff to engage with the vendors that are both established players and those up-and-coming in the marketplace. By maintaining relationships at the executive level we can ensure that we are not only the first to know when new technology is announced but also have the ability to understand the roadmap into the future. This allows us to plan beyond today for the technologies of tomorrow.
The rest of 2012 and 2013 will be an exciting time to be in business. The pace of change is ever increasing and new technologies are emerging daily. We are proud to offer our clients in Charlotte and beyond a strategic view of the technology landscape. Stay tuned for analysis and insight through this year’s announcement season.