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Poll: Hadoop Top Infrastructure Upgrade Driver


January 12, 2016

Frequent visitors to the Transforming Network Infrastructure Community know how much we value your input when it comes to trends, innovation and development. Monthly, we host a poll offering an outlet for you, the reader, to let us know what you think the “next big thing” is. Our most recently concluded community poll asked: Which applications do you see as the most critical drivers of your infrastructure upgrades? Let’s take a look at what you had to say.

The selection garnering the top spot is none other than Storage/Hadoop at nearly 45 percent. This is not surprising for a couple of reasons. For one, Hadoop had a big year in 2015. Secondly, data is the name of the game today. Firms of all shapes and sizes collect copious amounts of data; and when coupled with an analytics solution it can provide invaluable insight to a firm by delivering actionable analysis to improve productivity, efficiency and operations as a whole. In addition to analytics, security should remain in the fore of any business. Perfecting storage methods to ensure security and accessibility of data will play a major role in 2016.

4K ultra HD technology has existed as a topic of conversation for some time, but various hurdles still exist for this much-hyped technology. The community views this as the second most critical driver to infrastructure upgrades receiving over 30 percent of support. While sales numbers are growing for 4K TVs, but many still view this “burgeoning” area as much ado about nothing. The primary hurdle of content still exists, but the poll responses suggest this is simply a matter of time—meaning, let’s get the infrastructure ready for when it is that “time.” I can’t help but be excited for an ultra HD future, but at the same time I am in a “wait and see” mode on this point. Seeing is believing. While this is clearly the next step for viewable content, only time will tell when that step occurs.

Receiving the smallest percentage of votes at 22 percent, File Transfer/Backup brings up the rear. Whether it’s in the cloud, on-premises or a hybrid deployment backup is critical. One always needs a backup. File transfer is another area of priority, with efficiency being important, but security top of mind.

My vote is cast for Storage/Hadoop for the above-mentioned reasons. I can’t help but agree with the community, as more and more firms are adopting analytics solutions—realizing their data can do A LOT more than just take up space.  

2016 is poised to be another big year of infrastructure innovation. Playing host to the cutting edge of this technological transformation we are experiencing is the upcoming ITEXPO. There are a plethora of reasons to attend, but don’t take my word for it.

Remember to participate in the community’s newest poll, “Which option are you most interested in for upgrading your data center?”  




Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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