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Virtualization Top Trends to Watch in 2016


It’s that time of year again! Our analytics team examined 2015 training video data to forecast trends to watch in 2016.

Here’s what they found: Virtualization topped the charts for the second year in a row.

With the continued rise of cloud platforms and the meteoric rise of container services like Docker, it’s no surprise that virtualization topped the charts in 2015 as the technology to watch. Though, rather than allowing virtualization to get all the glory, let’s focus on the technologies that virtualization makes possible.

Docker and VMWare

This year there seemed to be a lot of discussion pitting containers against hypervisors. Since Docker partnered with Canonical, Google, Red Hat, Parallels, and Microsoft in 2015, some folks are saying that the Age of Hypervisors has ended. There’s no doubt that containerization software like Docker is on the rise, but hypervisors aren’t really going anywhere.

Yes. VMs are heavy. Yes. Containers are light. Forget the technology horse race that puts containers and VMs at odds with each other; they are different tools that can work in lieu of one another or together.

Use the right tool for the right job.

Hybrid Cloud Strategies

Last year, RightScale reported that “82 percent of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy (up from 74 percent in 2014).” The trend toward cloud hybridization makes sense. Virtualization alone doesn’t make a cloud. Virtualization is the foundation for a cloud.

Hybrid cloud strategies can keep critical resources (like user stuff) in a private cloud, use public cloud for non-critical functions, or any combination thereof. It depends on your requirements for security, compliance, budget, and your in-house team.

Finally, as Lief Morin points out, whatever cloud solution your organization adopts, the IT team needs to continue their cloud education. In 2016, cloud training will be essential for the IT professional.

Storage virtualization

Storage virtualization creates a pool of physical resources for on-demand access by end users. With virtualization, you can add as much physical storage as you want, wherever you want, and then pool those resources, so that the end users never know their resources are spread across multiple devices — or continents. By doing this, you can do a lot of heavy lifting in the background without anyone knowing the difference (hopefully).

Earlier this year, CBT Nuggets trainer Anthony Sequeira mentioned storage virtualization and cloud services as exciting new enterprise storage technologies. (He also mentioned flash storage.) In 2016, “we might have flash storage powering our virtualization which, in turn, powers our cloud,” he said.

With hardware changes comes the inevitable shift in role of the storage admin. NetApp VP Lee Caswell thinks that “the classic storage administrator will evolve into a data manager” in 2016. And, of course, with this revolutionary technology, you’ll need to stay ahead of the groundswell with training.

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with the latest storage training.


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