Well, the calendar has changed over from 2023 to 2024. And with it, we have a few thoughts as to what we hope to see in 2024.
If you're a regular reader of my Blog posts, you know that I'm a pretty matter-of-fact person, who is not afraid to give honest opinions about what I see in the market. I'm a big believer that anyone who is involved with IT Infrastructure has an important role for their company which needs to be taken seriously. And like things you take seriously, you need to do your homework so that you can make the best decisions.
So, to start, I'm hoping we see more intelligent decision-making than in the past few years. I believe that a large amount of money spent in IT Infrastructure is wasted by users because of the lack of proper evaluation and decision making. In 2024, let's return to actually doing the homework BEFORE making decisions with IT Infrastructure. In other words, look at all of your alternatives honestly. Don't just blindly follow what you think all of the rest are doing. Do the work and evaluate your own company's situation to see what's best.
Of course, I'm talking about blindly following everyone into the Public Cloud for your IT Infrastructure. Unless you're refactoring your applications to be cloud native, you're likely to find that lifting and shifting your workloads from on-premises to the Public Cloud has little effect other than increasing your costs and making management a more difficult thing. Ask yourself...how does this help my company to sell more of what we sell? If moving to the Public Cloud doesn't allow your company to sell a hell of a lot more products, than put your efforts into something that will.
But you can't talk about the Public Cloud without this disclaimer...it makes sense for SOME workloads. Not all, but some. So use it for some, but not all.
Another big topic as we start 2024 is VMware. Now that Broadcom has fully acquired VMware, their first few moves are very telling. For VMware users, your costs are going up. Plain and simple. But don't fear...you don't have to use VMware products. If you're a VDI user, they've already told you that they're exiting that business. So, as much as you might have liked VMware Horizon, they no longer like you that much.
But the big win for everyone will be to move away from spending money for VMware products. As a partner of Nutanix, our customers have (for many years) been able to eliminate most of their VMware spend by using Nutanix with Nutanix's hypervisor, AHV. It works very well, and costs you nothing. Ask yourself whether you'd pay for something in your personal life that others give away at no cost. You wouldn't. So why do it in your business life? It makes no sense. Take the VMware spend and put it to better use by developing some new way to help your company make more money. Contact us and we'll show you how easy it can be.
Overall, we think that 2024 could be the year that companies get smart about their IT Infrastructure spend. And we're going to help them do that.
Happy New Year, and all the best for a prosperous 2024!
Tim Joyce, Founder, Roundstone Solutions