Open Source Players Make IoT, Big Data Predictions for 2015
As much as I wish the republican calendar had acquired a lasting following, it didn't. That means it's time for us here in the Gregorian world to give some thought to what's on the horizon for the new year. Here's what some open source movers and shakers are saying about big data, the Internet of Things, containerization and more for 2015.
As much as I wish the republican calendar had acquired a lasting following, it didn’t. That means it’s time for us here in the Gregorian world to give some thought to what’s on the horizon for the new year. Here’s what some open source movers and shakers are saying about big data, the Internet of Things, containerization and more for 2015.
On the big data front, most observers agree that continued adoption of Hadoop and other big data technologies for enterprise use will do much in the new year to “separate the Big Hype from Big Data,” as MapR CEO John Schroeder wrote in a recent email to The VAR Guy. In a similar vein, Monte Zweben, CEO of Splice Machine, said real-time data analysis, as well as scale-out architectures that can handlle unprecedented volumes of data, will soon become key to big data operations.
Those are reasonable enough predictions. Here’s one from Red Hat (RHT) director of OpenStack product management, Nicolas Barcet, that represents a weightier claim: “IPv6 will become the default tenant access networking option for VM in most clouds.” We’ve got nothing against Barcet or IPv6, but the latter has been around for about as long as consumer-grade wireless networking, and, in contrast to that, has chronically failed to take off. On the other hand, Google (GOOG) reported that more than 5 percent of its users are now on IPv6, so perhaps Barcet will turn out to be right (especially because IPv6 is likely to predominate in the cloud well before it connects the majority of Google users’ devices).
And then there’s container-based virtualization, where all sorts of interesting things have happened over the last year, specifically involving Docker and its growing list of critics. What’s next for open source containerization? For one, the hype currently surrounding it will translate into mainstream use in the new year, according to a variety of observers. For instance, Red Hat’s Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager, OpenShift, wrote that “we’ll see a lot more mainstream activity around containers, and people asking providers, ‘What’s your container strategy?'”
Red Hat executives are also convinced that containerization is poised to take on a broader role in 2015 by extending beyond the app-deployment role on which Docker is currently focusing. Bryan Che, general manager, Cloud Product Strategy at Red Hat, predicted that “Linux containers and Docker will overtake individual configuration management tools as the single most popular technology for deploying applications in the cloud” in the new year, while Joe Fernandes, director, product management, OpenShift, wrote, “A growing number of independent software vendors (ISVs) will begin offering their solutions packaged as certified, portable container images.”
Lastly (at least for today), bets are on from many quarters that the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to take off in 2015. Zweben of Splice Machine—a company that, as a developer of Hadoop database technology, has a perspective on how data is changing the bigger picture—predicted that “IoT will finally live up to the hype, as more machine-generated data will be collected.” And the Linux Foundation‘s Jim Zemlin is keen to point out that IoT gained a strong open source footing over the past year, suggesting that open source and IoT solutions will continue to converge in 2015.
So there are a few tips on what 2015 might look like in the world of big data, open source and IoT—if Jan. 1 marks the start of a new year for you, and not just the middle of Nivôse.