By Anthony Spiteri, Senior Global Technologist, Product Strategy at Veeam Software
The last ten years have been very fulfilling for the technology industry. We’ve seen many technological advancements and evolutions – for instance, artificial intelligence (AI), which was often seen as purely science fiction by most at the start of the decade is now almost everywhere in our daily lives. We’ve also seen the shift of cloud from hype to mainstream, allowing us to work remotely and securely – something that we could only dream of in the beginning of the decade.
As we continue to progress and achieve greater success from an IT perspective, it is important for us not only to protect ourselves but to also explore new technology that will help increase productivity. Here are some key trends that will see evolutionary progress over the next decade.
Increased cloud management and security
Businesses are constantly looking for new methods to make data easily accessible within their organisations, especially with the rise of use in personal devices. At the same time, we have also witnessed various breaches around the area of public cloud over the past few years. Naturally, the next focus would be to manage and secure data that are available on the platform.
While it is important to encrypt the cloud to prevent intercepted access, there are still many other ways for it to be compromised. Employees need to be able to access data when the situation arise, but it is also key for certain access to be restricted.
Beyond 2020, we are looking at an increase in mobility and portability with cloud data management (CDM), while ensuring additional security measures, as organisations are looking to make data increasingly accessible within their workplace. As CDM importance will only grow over the next year, businesses will start to rethink their strategies to keep the data which are easily available secure.
Data backup success and solutions
With many businesses now working over the cloud, it is important for them to ensure that their critical data can be easily recovered. They need to more aware that these critical data now live across multiple platforms and learn to overcome challenges in backing these up holistically. It is also important to understand that having data on the cloud does not mean it is automatically backed up. Businesses must be conscious of how to handle data across clouds and leverage better tools to back them up.
This decade, we will be seeing a rise in platforms and tools allowing businesses to continuously back their data up across multiple platforms and perform full recovery within minutes. Almost a third of businesses now continuously back up and replicate high-priority applications and we are only expecting this number to increase over the next few years. With these tools, businesses can leverage on the availability of data, helping them make informed decisions in digital transformation and business acceleration strategies through research, development and testing purposes.
Over the next few years, we’ll start to see increased automation in the areas of tasks and processes across organisations, supporting the replication of human work. An example of how automation can be used efficiently is Infrastructure as Code (IaC). Infrastructure automation allows organisations to configure and set up a complete infrastructure using just a script, removing manual components, and has made its way to become front of mind with IT professionals. By leveraging on IaC, businesses will be able to automate previously mundane tasks with ease.
As we currently stand, less than a quarter of organisations have started adopting automation technologies. While automation is not something that is inherently new, we will start to see those who are already equipped with the capabilities to shift towards the combination of the different range of automation mechanisms, including IaC.
Enterprise will embed Artificial Intelligence (AI) into their workflow
While the hype around AI has been building up over the last few years, many are still trying to familiarise themselves with the idea of having a machine do things for them. Over the next few years, we will start to see a shift within enterprises; they will start incorporating AI. This is something that we can expect to be the norm in the near future, with AI playing a huge role in enterprises’ products and services as well as customer experience especially in the areas of providing virtual assistance, predicting consumer behavior to understand their needs and collection of customer analytics using AI. With the use of these technology, businesses will be more productive, allowing them to focus on other goals and priorities rather than clocking hours on outdated processes.
Software defined networking (SDN) is the future
Introduced as a solution to enable networkwide automation and simplify complex data center environments, SDN is one of the technologies that we can expect to see having the most impact over the next two to five years. Inefficient management of security and risks of service interruption can be eased with SDN technologies as automation replaces the need for human intervention. Allowing more software driven approaches, issues around the complexity of network design and security can be easily solved – organisations can also grow and shrink their networks on demand, depending on their needs.
Beyond traditional borders, SDN allows the expansion and connection of network. This means that data can effectively flow between disparate networks and platform. With more than three quarter of organisations currently using software-as-a-service (SaaS), SDN will play a bigger role in this decade, allowing businesses to distribute applications quickly and efficiently. Networking engineers are already deploying SDN to stay on top of their game. With all the benefits SDN is offering, we are expecting many others to be a part of this.