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October 2015

Back to the Future

Blair Pettrey

Today is October 21st, 2015. The day that Doc brought Marty McFly and Jennifer Parker out of 1985 to save their future children. In the span of 30 years from 1985 to 2015, a lot has changed in the movie: hoverboards became a reality, everyone owns a flying car, and fashion dictates sharp, metallic apparel (as is true with all movies based in the future). In real life, certainly, we would have expected at least one of these to come to fruition.

Lexus claims that they’ve created a hoverboard, however, after this hoax in 2014 I’m not sure if I can open my heart up again to the possibility of a real hoverboard. Flying cars, unfortunately, aren’t as accessible as they are in the film, and I don’t know if mini-Cessnas, however cool they look, would qualify as a practical commuter vehicle. And as for metallic clothing of the future, it’s only reserved for celebrities, and I don’t think many will hop on board with the style. But in the world of technology, specifically, virtualization, leaps, and bounds have been made over the last 30 years that have changed the way we see our servers, our storage, and our SAN (or lack thereof).

In fact, 30 years ago, the setup for virtualization involved closing your eyes and pretending you were somewhere else – a setup that certainly still works in practice, but is becoming less and less practical due to the fact that incredible advances from companies like Dell, VMware, Nutanix, and Arista are making. The data center isn’t what it used to be – a giant warehouse full of servers made out of floppy disks and spare car parts even 15 years ago would be considered a technological blessing. New technologies are coming out all the time that are able to seamlessly integrate with our business every day.

What are our predictions for the future? Over the next ten years, we believe that complex infrastructure will be a thing of the past. There will be no need for multiple hops between machines, which will decrease any kind of bottlenecks within the data center. Enterprise-class solutions will be made readily available to anyone who needs a virtualized application that saves rack space and can easily scale to fit any project. An invisible infrastructure will create an environment where the end user doesn’t need to focus on any behind-the-scenes work.

You won’t need any nuclear reactor to generate the proverbial 1.21 Gigawatts of energy that you need to jump into the future, because the future of virtualization technology will come quicker than you think, without the need for a flux capacitor.