The 30th Anniversary of Tron as it Relates to 2013 Virtualization Predictions - Executive Viewpoint 2013 Prediction: Symantec

By Peter Elliman (Profile)
Tuesday, January 22nd 2013

I remember as a kid in 1982 when I first saw Disney’s Tron on the big screen. Immediately, I was fascinated with computers and the world of virtual environments. Now in 2012, 30 years after Tron was released and now knee-deep in virtualization, I realize that virtualization has definitely become a way of life, even if it is much different than depicted in the film.

In fact, 2012 will likely be known for the year that virtualization came of age. It is now prolific in all sizes and types of businesses, in the public and private sectors and across all industries. As we look into 2013, our attention turns to what is next in the world of virtualization.

Probably the biggest change in virtualization in 2013 is more powerful rivals. They won’t be shooting high powered lasers at each other, but the hypervisor market will begin to see a shift in market share between the two largest players. This shift won’t necessarily come at the expense of the other, as the virtualization market continues to grow exponentially and there is plenty of room for all to play. And, although they won’t become equals, there will be much more competition which will be good for the industry. Increased competition will drive down prices, increase adoption, and subsequently drive both innovations as new customer find new needs and reliability as established customers demand more from virtual environments. More organizations will become 100 percent virtualized, but we’ll also see more using multiple hypervisors in both testing and production environments.

The evolution of the server virtualization market (hypervisors) and its increased diversity will also cause specific hypervisor point tools to be ripped out and replaced by platform solutions as IT teams rationalize their areas of focus and the types of service they want to deliver. Backup and disaster recovery (DR) is one area where platforms solutions will reign over point, hyper-visor specific solutions. Backup & recovery platforms support multiple hypervisors, physical and virtual systems, multiple protection & recovery objectives, and of course, diverse storage targets including disk, cloud, and tape.mA single recovery platform helps organizations to be better prepared for down time. Better yet, Symantec research shows that the adoption of server virtualization improves disaster preparedness. No surprise given that you can now test and recover both systems and their data on any hardware both locally or in the cloud.  You just need to make sure you can find what you need to recover in a real emergency.

We won’t be driving light cycles anytime soon, but virtualization combined with other technologies, such as deduplication are changing IT. Deduplication traditionally viewed as a storage technology, also has network benefits as well. The result is a desire to leverage these network & storage reduction technologies to focus on disaster readiness. Integrated backup appliances will increasingly be viewed as a way to solve both backup and DR challenges because they standardize the use of multiple technologies like source and target deduplication, backup software, replication, snapshots, security and cloud integration into a common platform managed from a central location.