It’s hard to imagine that less than two decades ago, a nascent web consisted of a smattering of static text web sites threaded together via hyperlinks. Similarly, email was relegated to college students, government employees, and computer hobbyists/hackers. With the continual evolution of the cloud, computing will become increasingly service-based, irrespective of hardware. And with more data generated than ever before by people and devices connected to the internet, the processing and securing of this complex data will be the focal point of IT in the months and years ahead.
The following are 6 game changing trends poised to transform the way organizations acquire and manage IT infrastructure resources.
6. A shift from node-centric to data/network-centric computing is underway.
In its current state, IT and computing is in the midst of a renaissance. Cloud Computing is transforming the way in which individuals and businesses alike consume computing resources. Whereas in the past emphasis has been on the node—the desktop computer and applications installed on it—the future of IT will be about the data and networks. Software defined networking and infrastructure-as-code is slowly but surely doing away with static hardware, network, and device configurations.
5. SaaS and data-centric computing is making computing increasingly device-agnostic.
Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is the norm these days—“installing” a program on one’s computer is becoming less commonplace. Because of this continuing trend of IT “in-the-cloud,” technology is increasingly device-agnostic, with emphasis being placed more on the data itself and the manner in which it is transmitted and stored.
4. Enterprise BYOD adoption is forcing corporate IT to adopt more sustainable, device-agnostic approaches to designing networks.
Companies are now embracing BYOD (bring your own device) as an accepted practice in the workplace. Subsequently, enterprises are challenged with shifting IT security measures to focus on the data itself, as opposed to computers and devices. For security providers, the arduous task will be developing improved methods of cohesively securing distributed data across heterogeneous cloud infrastructures.
3. The hybrid cloud has become the preferred model for risk-averse organizations moving to the cloud.
In the corporate data center, IT departments are downsizing operations and migrating resources to the cloud. Though most are leery of plunging head-first into the cloud, many follow a hybrid strategy: controlling some resources internally while outsourcing the rest to be managed externally. This is typical for those wishing to keep sensitive business data in-house, relying on cloud resources only for compute resources and processing power. But as moving to the cloud is imminent for most organizations, the development of stronger data encryption and network layer security will be of crucial importance to the IT ecosystem.
2. Organizations are increasingly tapping into the cloud’s resources to process and analyze Big Data sets.
The data explosion resulting from the meteoric rise in connected mobile devices and social networks will result in Big Data getting even “bigger.” Subsequent tools to extract actionable information out of this data will also continue to evolve in their power and sophistication.
1. Enterprises are increasingly leveraging IoT technologies to transform their businesses.
In a not-so-distant future where IoT is in full bloom, things such as billboards, household appliances, transportation, wearable technology, and a plethora of other devices will all be connected to the internet. Again, the resulting data glut from this myriad of “things” pumping information into the pipe will require sophisticated Big Data tools for processing. These tools will not only need to scale to process the increasing volume of data, but will also require an increasing ability to perform predictive analysis—making sense of this data, and making information actionable for businesses and stakeholders.
In short, these IT infrastructure trends will mean more focus placed on data and security than ever before. Organizations will need to learn how to manage larger and more complex data sets and how to secure data dispersed across different cloud environments. With less emphasis placed on the desktop and device in the future, the cloud and network will increasingly serve as the primary vehicle for computing. A future consisting of complete IT infrastructures in the cloud and a staggering number of connected devices will require sophisticated tools to both process and protect the resulting output of data.