Data centers will become the new 'cloud,' Woz predicts

Data centers will become the new 'cloud,' Woz predicts

Summary: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak predicts the data center and collaborative technologies will drive IT innovation and opportunity in 2013.

TOPICS: IT Priorities

"2013 is going to be the year of choice. Whether it’s your phone or the company’s, working from your office or the coffee shop, one option isn’t going to cut it anymore." 

That's the view of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, now chief scientist for Fusion-io, who sees a multi-platform, multi-technology tech world coming to fruition. He also says the data center -- with new collaborative and virtualized capabilities -- will be taking a front and center role in all this over the coming year.

In a new post in Forbes, he outlines what's in store for enterprise IT. (Wozniak credits Brett Shockley, senior VP and general manager of applications and emerging technologoes at Avaya, for these insights as well.)

  • Data center technologies will be to 2013 what the cloud was for 2012. "The rapid transition from hard disk to NAND flash memories in the data center is drastically improving performance, reliability and the ability to distribute everything through virtual machines – which will lead to the de-centralization of cloud services," says Wozniak. "Enterprises with different offices in multiple cities will run the same cloud services out of each office and have the cloud services talk to each other to ensure synchronization – improving overall efficiency."
  • Lots of emphasis on collaboration. "Companies will move away from deploying 'lite' collaboration apps in favor of all-in-one tools that fit nicely into existing structures and maximize this increasingly mobile workforce." Ease of use will still be a challenge, however, Wozniak adds. Plus, "it will be increasingly important for any given collaboration package or other app to run on a multitude of platforms – not just one. Taking the easy way out and developing for just one platform will not be acceptable."
  • BYOD, BYOD, BYOD. "Businesses will learn that it is worth investing resources to diversify the platforms and devices they provide and support – not just for efficiency’s sake but to also increase morale. 'Choice' is happiness and will become a motivational tool enterprises use to their advantage." Plus, Wozniak predicts, expect to see consumer technologies blending with corporate systems in the workplace. "I honestly believe mobile devices will increasingly become our remote controls to the world. We’ll carry our software on our mobile devices, but display it on these communal screens – including those installed in conference rooms."



Topic: IT Priorities

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  • I've had SSDs and one USB flash drive corrupt data

    And, yes, I always manually eject and shutdown normally. But I'm less inclined to believe SSDs are perfect regarding reliability. For now.

    BYOD... I now am less ambivalent about it. Having to jump through hoops for some costly enterprise plan to sit on top of my regular plan has been a hassle for my phone vendor to deal with as well. Never mind they can now wipe employees' personal devices on a whim with this scheme. Seems to be adding more trouble just so my company can save a few dollars (that ultimately won't or can't be saved in the long-term, but these short-term perceptions/delusions are all they care about...)
    • Granted, a handful of incidents doesn't mean the whole paradigm is wrong

      (re: SSD drives), but those implementing these strategies should have some mighty solid backup plans in case data integrity fails... they can claim all they want but nobody will believe it until it's needed.
  • Good point

    "but those implementing these strategies should have some mighty solid backup plans in case data integrity fails"

    Yes having a backup plan implemented and kept up to date, is a wise thing to do for sure, even if you rely on standard hard drives instead of the newer SSD's.
  • A wise enterprise architect

    should devise a plan before jumping up onto Public Vs. Private cloud in this case private cloud is nothing enterprise's own data center(s). S/he has to think about 4 things for both analytical and transactional data:
    1. Security
    2. Integrity
    3. Collaborative
    4. Performance

    S/he should realize what should go where and make sure the above 4 meet the criteria and requirements.
    Ram U