Overview of Major IT Trends of 2017 and Beyond
Keeping track of the latest IT trends is essential to predict your IT expenses and to ensure that your organization keeps the competitive edge. Below, is an overview of the six major trends dominating the IT scene in 2017.
1. Big Data Analysis
Back in 2015-16, big data was just a buzzword. Today, as enterprises increasingly recognize the value big data can bring, including identifying important business insights, boosting productivity and providing better customer service, more and more organizations seek to incorporate big data analysis into daily operations.
According to “The Future of The Cloud” survey conducted by Cloudistics and Techopedia, almost 70 percent of large enterprises plan to use big data applications such as Splunk, Hadoop, Cloudera and Hortonworks soon.
2. Big Data Security
Security concerns are always going to be important and need to be as contained as possible. As technology advances, security threats become more widespread and more sophisticated. Furthermore, as workforce mobility grows, so does the cross-over between personal and business devices, with employees unknowingly becoming the cause of data breaches.
But educating employees on existing types of cyberattacks, to deal with security threats isn’t enough because, every new situation requires new tools and new approaches. Traditional antivirus applications are no longer enough – simply because they do not offer enough protection for new events and are effective only when fighting known threats.
Because the use of cloud services is also associated with the number of security concerns, security experts recommend: monitoring the entire data flow of your organization and know where your data is kept, how it is shared, when and by whom it is used to detect suspicious activity and stop data breach in the real time.
Recent IT trends view all data in your organization as security-relevant and recognize the need to automate any risk from an anomaly or outlier detection.
Big data security systems, such as Splunk SIEM, offer enhanced level of protection, moreover, they meet business requirements where traditional antiviral tools fail to comply such as capturing and aggregating security-relevant data in the real-time; adding context to security events; generating security reports and real-time alerts; detecting advanced and unknown threats; and reporting for compliance.
3. Containerization of Applications
The use of containerized applications – especially, by software-developers – will continue because it dramatically increases time-to-value, which will revolutionize application development because it abstracts an application, along with all its environment from the underlying infrastructure and operating system. This IT trend is going to thrive as it solves the unending debate between infrastructure development and operations, and is one of the driving forces of the recent DevOPs movement steadily gaining momentum.
In a dynamic business environment, the ability to quickly develop and launch new software products is a serious competitive advantage. In Cloudistics and Techopedia survey “The Future of The Cloud,” 35 percent of large enterprises use Docker as their main containerization platform and 40 percent plan to expand the use of containers this year.
4. Remote working
Remote teams, overseas affiliate branches and employees working from home – continues to be an ongoing IT issue.
As IT outsourcing continues to prove to be more economically beneficial and software development companies no longer see any point in paying hefty salaries to local specialists, managing off-site workers and motivating oversees remote teams poses several serious challenges (security being just some of them). Beyond 2017, IT will see the growing demand for tools and services that enhance communication between on-site and off-site workers and remote company branches.
5. Demands for energy efficiency
Reducing the organizational footprint and staying environmentally friendly will also continue as a top demand for IT to manage.
For enterprises, a significant challenge is to comply with environmental laws and regulations which differ from country to country. Meanwhile, many organizations no longer want to pay substantial electricity bills associated with running their on-premise datacenter especially when they can move some of their workload to cloud. Hardware that is more compact and consumes less space will be in high demand, because many businesses cannot afford renting real estate to house company datacenters.
In general, the business requirements for IT look like this: you must do more with less, and the expectations for efficiency – when it comes to time, energy and money – are high.
6. Operational simplicity and lower costs.
Instead of paying for idle IT capacities and dealing with escalating cloud costs, enterprises want to pay for only what they get. Under pressure to reduce costs, companies also want their expenses to be reasonable and predictable.
When it comes to scalability, businesses today want to launch new projects quickly without heavy investments or to give up those solutions painlessly, if they prove unprofitable. All without having to purchase extra IT resources.
The growing “pay-as-you-grow” IT model with operational simplicity has led to the perceivable lack of specialists with advanced cloud expertise; but organizations are no longer interested in expanding their IT staff or hiring more experienced (read: expensive) specialists. Yet they want IT services to become more accessible and simple.
IT Trends of 2017: Why It Is So Hard for SMB Companies to Keep Up?
While CEOs and CTOs recognize the business value and benefits of big data analysis and security, these solutions remain unavailable to many SMB companies still sticking with MySQL as their main business intelligence application and traditional SQL-based antivirus as their main security tools.
The reason is simple: big data apps like Splunk and Hadoop that capture, process and analyze terabytes and petabytes of data demand for unprecedented amounts of storage, computing and network infrastructure capacities and involve expenses most SMB companies cannot afford. Indeed, big data challenge places new requirements on the underlying IT infrastructure and there is a strong demand for more powerful, affordable and faster solutions.
Containerization of applications – according to the Cloudistics and Techopedia’s “The Future of The Cloud” survey, many large enterprises plan on adopting Docker soon. Most of SMB companies are reluctant to follow suit, and for good reason – their technicians understand that although Docker abstracts application and it environment from the OS and infrastructure, it will require additional infrastructure resources to run efficiently, ensuring seamless and non-disruptive performance of containerized applications will require small and medium businesses to purchase more storage, compute, and network capacities than they can afford.
Other requirements seem to be mutually exclusive – while the public cloud may offer an environment for remote teamwork, help reduce hardware footprint and offer scalable pay-as-you grow model, it is neither transparent nor 100 percent secure (anyone who remembers 2016 Dropbox hacker attack and the recent Amazon web services failure is aware of that). Moreover, its costs are constantly escalating and costs are also difficult to predict and to budget, and it’s far from being simple from operational standpoint.
But does this mean SMB companies will always lag the newest innovations in the cloud? In 2016, Cloudistics offered a solution to SMBs – a new on-premise infrastructure with an attractive cost point, efficient physical footprint and unprecedented operational simplicity. Cloudistics Ignite 3.0 makes big data analytics and containerization accessible not to just industry giants, but to the SMB market players as well.
Ignite 3.0 is an on-premise enterprise cloud, offering all the benefits of public cloud without the downsides of using cloud services. This new compostable infrastructure is completely secure, simple to use and comes at an amazingly accessible price.
With Cloudistics Ignite 3.0, it’s easy to keep up with the latest IT trends when you have the most future ready solution on the market.
Ignite 3.0 natively supports Splunk and Docker, and its recently released version comes with built-in Kubernetes support.
Business requirements for IT look like this: you must do more with less, and the expectations for efficiency when it comes to time, energy and money are high. Cloudistics Ignite 3.0 assists both enterprises and SMBs do just that.
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