My Crystal Ball: Top 3 Predictions for 2013
As the year draws to a close, I predict there will be no shortage of article looking back at 2012 and ahead to 2013. And my humble blog is no exception.
Looking back on 2012, I’ve kept you up to date on the latest networking developments from IBM and the industry. I’ve also recently been blogging about the upcoming OFC/NFOEC conference in March 2013 (where I’m giving a tutorial presentation) on topics including software-defined networking (SDN), energy efficient networking, cloud computing, wavelength multiplexing, 100G networks, and more. And don't miss my latest webinar with Forrester Group on SDN and how it can make a big impact on your plans for next year.
Assuming the ancient Mayans were wrong and the world doesn’t end in 2012, here’s my top 3 predictions to keep in mind for the coming year, counting down in reverse order:
(3) Open standards will be the best way forward for data networking. This past year, the response to IBM’s Open Datacenter Interoperable Network (ODIN) was huge – over 20,000 views in first 2 weeks alone. Look for more industry standards and open source software to make an impact in 2013, including ODIN on steroids and lots more from academic partners like the Marist College SDN/OpenFlow lab.
(2) Data rates will continue to increase. OK, that was an easy one, but it’s happening faster than most people thought…10G links are ubiquitous, 40G links are going mainstream in 2013, and 100G for the data center is right around the corner in 2014.
(1) Network virtualization will be the next big thing. Software-defined networking (SDN) is being deployed by some large users (just ask Google), the OpenFlow 1.3 standard has been released, and overlay networks like DOVE are moving forward in the standards bodies
Looking ahead into the new year, I’ll be bringing you more tweets and blogs on the latest data center networking news, as well as new podcasts and webinars. Maybe I’ll see you at OFC 2013 for my tutorial, and watch for the next edition of my book in 2013. Or, you can catch me at any of the remaining Hudson Valley FIRST Lego League tournaments in January and February; we’ll be sending the Hudson Valley Champion to World Fest this year, and that team will be selected from a field of over 80 teams through six qualifying events held across New York’s Hudson Valley, including Troy, Ballston Spa, Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Elmsford, and Sleepy Hollow tournaments. And, as always, you can keep the conversation going by commenting on my blog or Twitter. I’d like to wish all my readers a safe, happy, healthy holiday season and a prosperous new year.