This is the third in a series of three posts exploring the major opportunities for Service Providers in 2012.
The links below will take you to the previous predictions, which were that:
- Virtualisation of x86 Client-Server Workloads Goes Mainstream with the Biggest Users
- PaaS Becomes an Installable Product and ISVs Start to Adopt It
Object Storage products such as EMC Atmos or services like Amazon S3 and Scale out NAS (Network Attached Storage) systems like Isilon are all good examples of scale out data storage infrastructure.
Service Providers have made significant progress in defining and developing a set of services that exploit these technologies during 2010 and 2011. This is best illustrated through the success of Amazon’s S3 service, which has achieved significant and widespread adoption in both traditional IT and new use cases, such as its adoption a storage back-end for applications running on tablets and other mobile devices.
For these ‘new’ storage infrastructures, a clear articulation of the applicable use-cases is critical to adoption, as is a set of solutions that simplify data migration from traditional storage infrastructure into the new infrastructure. For an example, take a look at this Cloud Tiering Appliance, from EMC.
My final prediction for 2012 is that these analytics services will gain some definition. Why the italics on ‘some’? Because I think it’s almost impossible to predict the effect that introducing packaged analytics services will have on the market for these services or to predict the innovative ways in which Service Providers will define and deliver these services. Given this, perhaps we should expect that what we see in 2012 will be Gen-1 of the services portfolio and that this will evolve over time?
Importantly, it’s very difficult to predict which Service Providers will be the winners and losers in this newly emerging area of Cloud Analytics Services. I’m hoping we see some new entrants in this space as well as offers from established providers that are looking to extend their services portfolios.
That brings my predictions of Big Service Provider Themes for 2012 to a close. I hope it stimulated some new ideas. If you’ve got feedback, please leave a comment or drop me an email.