Monday, October 23, 2017

The 17 ultimate global data centre, cloud and tech trends for 2017 and beyond

From infrastructure to security, to IoT, SDN, SDDC and much more, 2017 is promising to break all records as we travel towards digital 2020.

In 2016, the technology sector experienced as much expansion as consolidation. That consolidation happened at every level and in companies from all sizes.

We saw multi-billion-dollar M&As from early January right up to the very last minute of 2016; we saw data become the de facto crown jewel for the enterprise (and everyone else as a matter of fact); we heard of data centres under water and in space, and much more.

As exciting as 2016 might have been, every year now feels more of a taste of what is to come. And 2017 will be no different.

For the data centre, we can expect an affirmation of its critical importance across sectors. For example, power grids are now linked to the data centre, cars are getting connected to the data centre, VR will depend on the data centre, the data centre is shaping the digital economy and turning into the heart (and even soul) of everything we do, consume and use.

As a new year begins, Data Economy collects the top 17 trends for 2017 and beyond from industry leaders.


1) This is the Year of Multi-cloud Convergence

According to global data centre provider Equinix, cloud adoption has matured to an advanced stage where enterprises are increasingly relying more on cloud infrastructure.

Enterprises are already using multiple clouds today, and the need to connect more diverse and traditionally divided ecosystems with demanding expectations  around performance, user experience and seamless integration will push this trend more aggresively in the coming year.

“2017 will be the tipping point, when the convergence of multiple clouds across the enterprise – data, applications, infrastructure and personal clouds – will fundamentally change the way people and businesses operate,” the company has said.


2) Managing operations will become the single-most defining theme of open source infrastructure for the next 10 years

Looking beying 2017, Rackspace has said that as organisations use diverse open source platforms, they are faced with the increasingly insurmountable operational challenge of making it all work together efficiently, reliably and safely.

Scott Crenshaw, SVP Product and Strategy at the company,said: “We are approaching a new juncture in the adoption of open source.

“The primary focus is no longer about the development of software. It is becoming how to successfully use the software. Thus, we are approaching an era where operations will reign as the supreme open source challenge.”


3) Software-defined and Cloud-based services will increase in value

Backup and disaster recovery company Veeam predicts that while some perpetually licensed software and traditional hardware will continue to live in the enterprise data centre for at least the next five years, the transformation of enterprise IT to a service provider model will accelerate.

IT increasingly wants utility and consumption billing, even for traditional infrastructure items like storage. New IT projects will begin in the cloud, and while traditional infrastructure will migrate more slowly, it will nevertheless inevitably trend toward the Cloud.

As such, the value of vendors that provide software defined and Cloud-based services will climb.


4) Serverless architecture takes on

“Serverless computing is making developers’ lives easier, and if what I am seeing and hearing holds true, 2017 is the year it will really take off,” so says Rackspace’s John Engates, Chief Technology Officer. “Serverless,” of course, is a misnomer.”

Engates continued to say that there will always be servers; serverless architecture refers to applications that depend on third party services (backend-as-a-service) or custom code (function-as-a-service) — AWS Lambda being the most popular vendor host today.

“What serverless really means is that developers no longer have to worry about infrastructure. And as those barriers to IoT entry continue to fall, we’ll continue to see new players and their devices muscle into what appears to be an almost limitless potential market,” he said.


5) The Rise of the Digital Edge

With the ever growing number of devices at the edge and the services these cater, digital edge is set to be an important game changer from 2017 onward.

Equinix says business models are being disrupted, forcing changes in how enterprises operate in the digital economy.

“The convergence of multiple clouds will call for a natural extension of the corporate boundaries for today’s digital business to the edge – where users and data reside,” according to the provider.

“This will be important for businesses to better engage with customers in real-time, leveraging social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies.”


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