Gartner: Top 10 significant trends that will impact IT
Today, IT firms have to sustain in the tough economic environment by maintaining high service quality and financial health. This could be accomplished by offering enhanced operational efficiency, reducing service costs and delivering competitive business services. Both financially and operationally, it makes sense to opt for a versatile and agile infrastructure equipped with new features, cost-effective applications and operating systems.
But, questions arise here, when a firm should start the migration? At what time the migration should be adopted to achieve more benefits? What are the latest trends? To answer these kinds of questions, Gartner has generated a report that has listed out some significant trends which will impact IT industry, let’s have a look:
The Top Ten Trends are:
1. Tablet Consumerization: Widespread use of tablets, such as the iPad, and other mobile devices in business isn't seen as replacing the traditional computer desktop entirely, but the tablets trend will bring about "more specific applications to do specific things”. Companies using them, including for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) use, should recognize there's a lot of unmanaged storage in tablets and smartphones they should be managing.
2.Data center Infinity: The movement toward smaller size but greater density in data centers, combined with a trend to analyze performance per kilowatt, is leading to energy management as a newer type of discipline, even for "moderately energy-intensive organizations," by 2017.
3. Resource management: Virtualization of servers is well along but businesses still haven't gotten the maximum performance benefits they can get in workload management. And water use as a coolant in data centers is another trend to know about. He said data center information management (DCIM) vendors should be evaluated to see if they can bring anything to data center resource management.
4. Mobility and the personal cloud: BYOD is becoming the latest fad of tech industry; so the time has come that enterprises should evaluate this. Not only enterprises should immediately evaluate BYOD for their own situations, and consider a "self-service culture for users," but acknowledge that mobility is going to have a cascading effect on how internal physical infrastructure is built -- or not built at all -- in the future.
5. Hybrid clouds: Through next year, more than 60% of enterprises will have some form of cloud adoption, and the majority will be exploring private and public cloud techniques, in what's called a hybrid cloud. Into the next three years, private cloud focused on service-centric delivery of IT services to the organization will emerge. Companies should be evaluating what are commodity services and move them to the public cloud, recognizing the decision to virtualize is impacting rack-based bandwidth I/O profoundly, increasing it 25 times over.
6. Fabric data centers: Evolving from "server centrism to fabric infrastructure" for servers, networks and storage will mean more flexibility in workload mobility and placement based on continuously changing factors, such as number of users and time of day, said Cappuccio. Building these kinds of resource pools that can be managed and configured is worthwhile, he added.
7. IT complexity: The complexity of technical changes, combined with trend such as virtualization, mobility and cloud computing, are only increasing the complexity of IT management, he said. In this situation, what's needed is a "generalist at a high level who can figure out what the cascade effects are," and that kind of person in the center of things will play an increasingly important role is helping IT matters run well.
8. Storage and big data: When data storage hits a petabyte and more, suddenly there's a lot of big data and companies would like to be able to analyze it to spot trends that could be useful to their businesses. But most of this data will be unstructured data which hasn't been correlated in novel ways before, and there's the challenge. But clearly companies are going to find ways based on "pattern-based strategies" to apply "intelligent analytics to this stuff."
9. End of your service helpdesk: Mobility, consumerization of IT, the cloud -- all of these trends are leading to another trend, the possible end to the traditional helpdesk. "It may be ending, or morphing. The emerging trend is more reliance on crowdsourcing, such as the friend who knows the answer, the Web resources of vendors or blogs, and it all may mean a "transition strategy" related to how IT troubles are handled.
10. Software-defined networks virtualizing the data center: Over the next few years, there will be software-defined networks designed that have basically separated hardware from software in a way that will slowly do away with the "box-by-box" approach and "handcrafted configurations" of today, where tomorrow there will be an "automated workflow" for the next-generation data center.
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