2013: The Year of Big Data, Secure Boot and the Cloud Entrepreneur - Executive Viewpoint 2013 Prediction: SUSE feat. Alan Clark

Alan Clark (Profile)
Thursday, January 17th 2013

In the IT industry, at the conclusion of every year we all look back and wonder “what could possibly top this year?!” Fortunately, there is no shortage of innovative thinkers who are always looking to push the envelope as far as they can. Perhaps nowhere is this clearer than within the Linux community – a sector that has experienced massive growth, innovation and competition this year alone. Keeping this in mind, here’s what I think could be key trends to note as we head into 2013.

Big Data Applications for Linux Will Continue to Grow

Hands down one of top five buzz phrases of 2012 was “Big Data” – what it is, how enterprises can manage it and what it means for their IT infrastructures. As workloads grow increasingly complex and IT departments continue to adapt to the “less is more” principle, applications aimed at managing Big Data are poised to grow tenfold. Their adoption within the enterprise will grow even faster. This huge uptick in adoption will be fueled by an increase in in-memory computing and real-time analytics.

Desktop Linux Users Will Face Difficulty Adapting to Secure Boot

Secure Boot preparations have been top-of-mind for many an IT department this year due to its complexity and murky solution. And while enterprises-ready distros are prepared, many individual Linux enthusiasts are going to find challenges running Linux on new hardware that ships with UEFI secure boot turned on. Unfortunately for them, these users are going to have to find a module from a third-party organization, such as the Linux Foundation, or tie into more obscure projects that already enable themselves for this.

Adoption of Open Source Cloud Projects Will Accelerate

I know – this almost seems redundant at face value. Yet it’s important to remember that the time-tested debate of “Open Source vs. Proprietary” has transitioned from the operating system and software solutions side of the house to front and center within the cloud conversation, as proprietary cloud vendors argue that open source clouds aren’t enterprise ready and open source vendors gather use cases to prove their point.

Cloud Implementations Will Continue to Encounter Outages, Pointing to the Need for Better High-Availability (HA) for Cloud Solutions

Enterprise data centers have grown over the years to depend upon HA to provide a reliable infrastructure for the myriad of corporate apps. As enterprises adopt Cloud they are quickly realizing that Cloud projects need HA features that complement the hardware. HA expansions help enterprises easily scale up their workloads with the agility that’s needed to meet business demands. Without a HA solution in place, the infrastructure can easily get overloaded and crash. To this point, we’ve already seen this play out as several cloud hosting services have had failures, including Amazon in the fall of 2012.

Opportunities for Entrepreneurship in the Cloud Will Be Strong

While the marketplace seems crowded there is a lot of opportunity among certain types of solution offerings. In 2013the biggest areas cloud entrepreneurs should focus on should be within high-availability solutions, metering and monitoring services, and automation.