Since the beginning of this decade, there has been a persistent optimism about the sweeping business changes that would result from the rapid growth in IT. Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud, collectively known as SMAC, are already driving innovation in the business environment. When combined with IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence) and SDN (software-defined networking), these IT services present a formidable combo, which could play a crucial role in the successful implementation of new IT.
As firms are seeking various means to achieve digital transformation, the rigidity of legacy system is already making way for the flexibility injected by innovative technologies across industries. Yet, 2017 could witness much more pronounced improvements in the form of Cloud-computing services and other advanced innovations. The following are some of the major predictions that could be witnessed by the enterprises during their journey towards digitization.
Proliferation of IoT
The demand for machine-to-machine communication to tackle issues related to their performance is on the rise. As the number of interactive machines increases, 2017 may witness a massive distribution of IoT devices across cloud and edge devices such as switches, routers, and gateways. These devices act as the entry to the service provider’s networks. The usage of highly intelligent switching components by the providers of cloud services has enabled handling of numerous virtual connections, simultaneously. By manipulating the controls smartly, they can be synchronized with geographic policies and even device interrogation rules. Boosted by AI, there would be a considerable increase in the use of cloud services to mine the data produced by these IoT devices.
Revamped Network Communications
Organizations would be forced to revamp their timeworn network architectures, as server virtualization and cloud computing would drive the networking activities in 2017. Traffic patterns would have to adhere to the new standards that enable corporate content and applications to be accessed from anywhere and at any time, by the employees and other users. The new age network communication would get much more flexible through the use of SDNs, which can meet the high-bandwidth requirements of the advanced applications. SDN is a highly dynamic, adaptable and cost-effective architecture that separates the control of the network and forwarding functions to make them directly programmable. This allows the underlying infrastructure to be decoupled from network services and applications. This lets it be centrally-managed and allows instant configuration through programming. This feature makes it secure and automated, and can effectively cater to the dynamic computing and massive storage needs of transforming businesses.
Better Business Continuity
By utilizing the advanced functions of cloud computing, organizations would create a robust disaster recovery system. Improved global server load balancing (GSLB) and much more efficient global traffic management (GTM) techniques could ensure effective business continuity environments, helping firms to evade emergencies with ease. By identifying the geo-location of the users, cloud technologies could help them access continual services. Also, transporting all the vital services of the distressed data centers onto virtual public-cloud environment would not just improve its agility, but can even help the firms in minimizing the damages from the abrupt disruptions.
Practical IT investment-model
Cloud-computing environments require the application architectures to be consistent. Traditional systems that are not compatible would turn redundant and could be ejected out of the system and would be replaced by innovative consumption-based technologies. LOBs could have to eradicate operating budgets and opt for newer and practical capital budget-model, which could address the overall needs of the organization’s IT needs. The investment on new technology would also have to take into account the security concerns arising from Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) and other forms of cloud-centric attacks.
- SMAC, along with IoT, AI and SDN, can be a formidable combo, which could play a crucial role in the successful implementation of new IT.
- By utilizing the advanced functions of cloud computing, organizations would be able to create a robust disaster recovery system.
- Cloud-computing environments require the application architectures to be consistent, which would influence the IT invest.