In 2014, Internet of Things, Software defined networks and Hybrid cloud services will be having a greater effect on infrastructure and operational planning, reports Gartner. As per the release, there are top 10 key technology trends that most Indian companies should monitor closely over the next five years.
The top trends include:
1) Software-defined Networks (SDN): It allows simplification of how the network is designed and operated such that one is not boxed by configuring it to individual vendor platforms and even different distributed network protocols. One application of SDN is the infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
2) Hybrid Cloud Services: In past few years, Cloud Computing has evolved at a greater pace. However, the new concept is hybrid cloud, that employs both private and public cloud services. The primary benefit is flexibility of deployment, managed security and elasticity.
3) Integrated Systems: Integrated system has been in the forefront of technology since few decades. The new world of virtualization has forced greater attention to speeding the processes of deployment and using resources more efficiently. In effect, IT is demanding the end of hard and fixed intersections and boundaries. The concept, however, will take time to evolve through increased levels of automation, OS intelligence and management tools, but the evolution toward integrated systems is well underway.
4) Applications Acceleration: By 2014, there will be more Internet-connected mobile devices (smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices using lightweight OSs, such as Apple iOS and Android) than PCs. As a result, users expect applications to be available on all their devices and organizations increasingly have to build multi-channel applications – ones that run on all the key endpoint devices and preserve state between them, so users can switch devices as they need to.
5) The Internet of Things: The Internet of Things is not a technology, but a concept that describes how the Internet will expand as physical items such as consumer devices and physical assets are connected to the Internet. Recently, there has been key advances in the field which include Embedded sensors (Sensors that detect and communicate changes, e.g. GPS, cameras), Image recognition and NFC payment (allows users to make payments by waving their mobile phone in front of a compatible reader)
Software-defined Storage, Open Compute Project (originally founded by Facebook and Rackspace), Intelligent Data Centers, IT Demand and Organizational Entrenchment & Disruptions are the other key trends that need to be followed by the Indian companies.
As per Milind Govekar, managing vice president at Gartner, Internal trends, market trends and societal trends are rapidly converging, and many will have dramatic effects on infrastructure and operations planning. “While a focus on traditional training, procedures, security access, knowledge management and scripts is warranted, a focus on next-generation support skills will be paramount to meet the needs and expectations of the business more efficiently”, he added.
Iamwire Take: With SaaS, Big Data and Cloud making their place in most of the enterprises whether big or small, and Internet of things is considered as the future, these trends seem to highlight the current market growth trend too. This year, not only this space has attracted entrepreneurs, but also a lot of funding activities has been there. The companies like Dell, BSNL, IBM and Salesforce are investing huge in cloud and are developing platforms to handle Big Data on a much larger scale. If talked about India, as per few other reports of the gartner, the cloud services spending in India is expected to reach USD 4.2 Bn by 2017 and public cloud services market to reach USD 443 million in 2013.
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