Gartner Highlights Top Technology Trends for 2017

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By: Kelley Katsanos |

Gartner recently identified top technology trends for 2017 at its Symposium/ITxpo, a meeting that brings together CIOs and senior IT professionals to provide strategic insight on important IT and business trends. Prevalent in these trends are the significant changes and issues with data centers, according to an article featured in Computerworld.

Data Center Trends

One of the top technology trends is that businesses are increasingly moving workloads away from on-premises data centers to off-premises resources such as the cloud. Because of this, however, the IT manager’s job becomes more complicated.

“IT shops are realizing that as we move more work off-premise, it makes the job more complex,” said David Cappuccio, Gartner’s Analyst and Chief of Data Center Research.

This issue should only intensify as time goes on. Cappuccio predicts that by 2020, only 20 percent of workloads will stay on premises, according to TechTarget.

And although the “Disappearing Data Center” was one of the top technology trends, other data center issues include wasted resources or stranded capacity. Gartner shows that ghost servers (servers that don’t run workloads, but are in service) make up 28 percent of the physical servers in the data center. Gartner also indicates 40 percent of racks are under-provisioned: “That means data center managers are wasting space by not utilizing racks, and might be able to shrink the size of their data centers through better management, said Cappuccio.” Furthermore, servers are only “operating at 32% of their performance capacity,” according to Computerworld.

Gartner also foresees that the role of IT will evolve into a service provider or data center-as-service for business needs.

Other Trends

Gartner predicts that interconnected fabrics will be on the rise, too. Interconnected fabrics offer networks, often provided by cloud service providers, which allow users to have access to multiple services.

Also making Gartner’s list is the use of containers, micro-servers and application streams. “Virtual machines need an operating system, but containers only require what’s needed to run a specific program. Containers can last weeks, days or seconds — “they drive new ways of looking at development,” said Cappuccio.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a growing trend as well, but certain skills are necessary to manage the growth of IoT, which typically demand the role of an IoT architect. This will also be the case in emerging environments in general, where other roles or advanced skills become necessary to meet the needs of today’s businesses.

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Kelley Katsanos

Freelance Writer

Kelley Katsanos is a freelance writer specializing in business and technology. She has previously worked in business roles involving marketing analysis and competitive intelligence. Her freelance work appears at IBM Midsize Insider, Houston Chronicle's chron.com, and AZ Central Small Business. Katsanos earned a Master of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University as well as a bachelor's degree in Business with an emphasis in marketing. Her interests include information security, marketing strategy, and business process improvement.