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NetApp Insight 2016: CTOs predictions

Data is king as old business models wilt under the glare of digital transformation

New technologies are arising, anchored by the cloud.
New technologies are arising, anchored by the cloud.

Senior executives at NetApp have offered their predictions on the direction of storage technology at the NetApp Insight 2016 conference in Berlin.

Mark Bregman, CTO Val Bercovici, CTO of SolidFire (now part of NetApp) and Manfred Buchmann, VP system engineering, EMEA highlighted the new era of data supremacy and cloud ubiquity.

Data is the new currency, the experts contend.

Access to data is increasingly essential to business success. Access to this data is also changing every facet of the enterprise. Further new types of data enhance market insight for businesses as a result of data analytics.

New models of IT are also taking hold.

There’s a whole new universe of services enabled by the new IT paradigm. In the new network environment, platforms and ecosystem integrate and simplify delivery.

Within the industry, talent flow is also more fluid as expectations by employees shift.

The Cloud continues to act as a catalyst and accelerator, experts agree.

With an increasing number of providers, access to cloud infrastructure is easier than ever. Usage-based consumption models are also increasingly attractive to customers keen to optimise performance while reducing costs. Cloud has remarkably lowered barriers to entry while supporting innovation. Observers note that the growth of digital businesses such as Uber and AirBnB would have been virtually impossible without cloud.    

New technologies are becoming the standard, while disrupting mature businesses.

The result is new application paradigms, accelerated by value of data and pace of innovation. The new technologies are reducing friction in business change and movement of talent.

In storage, there’s a far wider dynamic range of storage and data management technologies evolving.

HCI, or human computer interaction, must deliver simplicity as well as flexibility and scalability. Higher bandwidth networks and new storage technologies mean that CIOs have more options than ever. Businesses thus have easy and accessible data management services, a major shift from just a few years ago.

Even within the enterprise, consumerisation of IT persists.

Users and IT managers demand, and expect, iPhone-like simplicity and self-management of IT. The user experience has become paramount, which is leading to far more integration of applications and services.