Top tech to watch in 2016 – And understanding business impacts
Welcome to 2016 – the year of cloud and the digital revolution! We’re seeing some big technological impacts shape the way we do business and impact the entire industry. User mobility, digital workloads, and new levels of virtualization are all changing the modern business. We’re creating new types of go-to-market strategies, business enablement methodologies, and allowing the user to be truly productive. The reality here is that the pace of technology isn’t slowing down. So – are you keeping up? Are you using technology to create a truly agile business model?
It’s critical to see just how far we’ve come and where current spend is trending. Consider this, global spending on IaaS is expected to rise to almost US$16.5 billion in 2015, an increase of 32.8 percent from 2014, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019 forecast at 29.1 percent, according to Gartner’s latest forecast. 2016 will be a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. This means that organizations are finding great ways to connect their on premise ecosystem with the cloud.
Today, new market disruptors are pushing organizations to rethink how they create entire business strategies; and where they can intelligently align their IT environments. With all of this in mind – let’s take a look at the top 5 trends which will be impacting your data center and cloud environments in 2016.
- Security is now a major business driver. Juniper Research recently pointed out that the rapid digitization of consumers’ lives and enterprise records will increase the cost of data breaches to $2.1 trillion globally by 2019, increasing to almost four times the estimated cost of breaches in 2015. The bad guys are absolutely after your very valuable data. Creating a next-generation security architecture means understanding that there is no silver bullet for security. Moving forward, you’ll need to take a holistic approach to security design as it impacts users, applications, and the services helping you power your business.
- Cloud services revolutionize content delivery. Cloud computing isn’t just one overarching term. It’s a set of different services acting to enable the entire business. This can be backup, disaster recover, application hosting, and even using temporary resources for various business use-cases. The point is that cloud is a direct compliment to the business helping it stay truly agile. In 2016 and beyond – the goal might not be to move everything into the cloud. However, you might find better business models when you move an app or a service into a cloud ecosystem.
- Converged infrastructure introduces new business economics and cloud consumption models. Consider this, according to the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems report, “hyperconverged integrated systems will represent over 35% of total integrated system market revenue by 2019.” This makes it one of the fastest-growing and most valuable technology segments in the industry today. Converged infrastructure isn’t an altogether new concept. However, the power of the underlying resources is certainly revolutionary. We can create greater levels of multi-tenancy, better support around cloud, and even powerful desktop and application delivery models. Remember, you’re also potentially reducing your data center footprint and allowing your IT model to be a lot more dynamic.
- Mobility is empowering your users and the business. You absolutely cannot ignore the major trends around end-user mobility. We’re working with a non-traditional user model that involves numerous devices and a lot of ways to stay productive. Those businesses, which enable their users to be productive while using a device of their choice, are the ones winning in today’s digital ecosystem. Remember, there are great ways to centralize, virtualize, and securely deliver rich content to a variety of end-points. It will be critical to ensure an optimal end-user experience while still enabling next-generation mobility concepts.
- SDN – a new approach to network virtualization and control. Gartner recently pointed out that by the end of 2016, more than 10,000 enterprises worldwide will have deployed SDN in their networks, a tenfold increase from end-of-year 2014. Furthermore, the latest AFCOM State of the Data Center Survey reports that between now and 2016, 83% of survey respondents said that they’ll be implementing, or have already deployed, software-defined networking or some kind of network function virtualization. Be ready for a much more agile, and virtualized, network ecosystem. Your network is a critical component supporting data center and business processes. We’re no longer passing simple linear policies on our networks. Now, contextually aware networking devices are controlling vast amounts of information. Helping organizations reduce complexity and fragmentation within the networking layer is a fantastic use-case for SDN. Remember, the overall goal is to simplify the management of the networking ecosystem. This means deploying better monitoring, alerting, and policy control methodologies. If you’re a quickly expanding organization, look to SDN to help unify critical networking resources and simplify network layer control.
Moving forward, businesses will need to take a step back and understand the full impact of today’s technological landscape. This means you need to see how technology acts as a direct tool and enabler around the modern business. Your ability to stay agile directly revolves around the capabilities of IT. Concepts around security, mobility, cloud services, and even convergence will all need to be taken into consideration to create a business capable of keeping up with market demands.
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