Dec 20, 2017
Bob DeSantis - Chief Executive Officer
Does your current IT infrastructure have the required storage to support the continued influx of emerging data-rich technologies in 2018 and beyond?
The Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing applications and 5G are among the disruptive technologies that are poised for substantial growth over the next 5 to 10 years. Modern networks must be up to the task of supporting the excessive storage requirements of these technologies, and based on the market projections, meeting the storage needs may mean big adjustments to IT infrastructure strategy. Take a look at how quickly the use of these technologies is skyrocketing:
Internet of Things: Gartner estimates that there were 8.4 billion “connected things,” or IoT devices, used worldwide in 2017, which is a 31 percent increase over 2016. The research firm predicts there will be 20.4 billion IoT devices in use globally by 2020.
The Cloud: The public cloud services market worldwide grew 18.5 percent in 2017 and is valued at $260.2 billion. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is expected to grow by 36.6 percent by the end of 2017, while Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is predicted to grow by 21 percent by year’s end.
5G Network Infrastructure: It’s estimated that between 2019 and 2025 the 5G market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 70 percent, accounting for $28 billion in annual spending by 2025.
And now, let’s examine three of the top 2018 IT trends that aim to address the evolving data storage and compute requirements:
1. Hyperconverged Infrastructure Gains Momentum
Hyperconvergence has gained support in the IT community for the last several years, but 2018 is expected to be the year that it comes into its own. This type of infrastructure system leverages software architecture to integrate compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources via commodity hardware. One of the main benefits to hyperconvergence is that it allows companies to scale easily, through the addition of nodes. This provides the necessary flexibility that networks require to support IoT, cloud and 5G technologies.
The Interop ITX and InformationWeek 2018 State of Infrastructure Study found that 65 percent of respondents are currently using or plan to use either convergence (an earlier form of integrated infrastructure) or hyperconvergence infrastructure in 2018.
2. Adoption of Storage Analytics is a Necessity
If the aforementioned market projections come to fruition, one thing is certain: IT teams need to be able to effectively monitor the massive quantities of data flowing through their networks. Real-time storage analytics is crucial to understanding what data is hot, cold or inactive, and offering enhanced visibility to see when files were last opened, how often, by whom, whether any modifications were made and more.
Now more than ever, IT managers need to be able to use their analytics in a predictive manner that helps guide strategic decision-making. With predictive analytics, IT managers can capture millions of real-time data points in the cloud from physical assets deployed in the field.
"With increasing hybrid and hyper-converged infrastructures, storage is no longer a separate slice of the data center technology stack that you can intelligently manage or analyze in isolation. Looking at larger slices of the stack requires the use of more sophisticated analytical approaches over bigger data," said Mike Matchett, a senior analyst at Taneja Group, in a recent TechTarget article.
3. The Importance of Data Encryption
While IoT devices are designed to make our lives easier, they also collectively transmit massive amounts of data every second, much of which is personal and must be protected to avoid the possibility of identity theft, fraud and other cybercrimes.
Data encryption will be an important preventative cybersecurity measure in 2018, as emerging technologies continue to pour their data into global network environments and cybercriminals develop new tactics for infiltration. According to the same State of Infrastructure Study, 39 percent of survey respondents said they’re planning to invest in encryption during the new year. While data encryption alone isn’t an effective cybersecurity strategy, it is an important part of a multi-tiered security strategy.
365 Data Centers Can Help Support Your IT Infrastructure in 2018
From cloud services to managed services and disaster recovery, the 365 Data Centers team will work with you to create a customized solution to fit your business’ IT needs in 2018. We offer a truly ‘humanized approach’ when defining and implementing IT infrastructure solutions for our customers, taking your particular business needs into consideration to craft a solution that addresses your specific pain points. All of our facilities have on-site support and remote hands services available around the clock to meet your data storage needs.
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