October 23, 2014

Gartner’s Top Tech Trends Reflect Growing Network Demands: Part Two

Completing our look at Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015 for the upcoming year, we explore the next five trends and how each is tied back to the demand for increased network capacity and flexibility.

As David Cearley, Vice President & Gartner Fellow explained in the firm’s press release, these are “trends that organizations cannot afford to ignore in their strategic planning processes” – it’s up to IT decision-makers to leverage their potential and support growth from the ground up.

Here are the next five forthcoming IT phenomena:

  1. Machines get smart: From robots to virtual personal assistants and automated vehicle components, intelligent systems have long been on the minds of enterprise leaders and consumers everywhere. 2015 may finally be the year these technologies blossom into an effective, affordable segment of the market, but those in the business world must proceed with caution before putting all their chips in this basket. Ensuring consistent, optimal functionality of these machines and tools will demand top-notch networking acumen and plenty of bandwidth support.
  2. Cloud takes the crown: Those who have tracked the cloud’s rise to prominence know that its journey to the top hasn’t been an easy one – early iterations of the technology were met with skepticism from every corner of the enterprise landscape. However, Gartner predicted that “both internal applications and external applications will be built on this new style,” and IT leaders will have to prepare their networks for this cloud-heavy horizon.
  3. Software-defined everything: Manual processes are gradually being weeded out of the IT environment, with software-defined networking, storage, data centers and security all coming to the forefront. Services such as applications performance management and MPLS-enabled WAN can give decision-makers a head start on this revolution, adding a layer of visibility into their infrastructure and automating network components to reduce the need for live monitoring and support demands.
  4. The rise of Web-Scale IT: Enterprises are taking matters into their own hands with regard to developing cloud infrastructures and proprietary applications for their business processes. While companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon are leading the way, Web-Scale IT will begin to develop as a more common practice in the months and years to come.
  5. Security locks down: Many of today’s security strategies take a shotgun approach, with companies leveraging a diversity of overarching tools in hopes of defending their network assets. Gartner predicted that risk-based security measures will begin to grow in popularity, with developers building specialized protection for individual apps. Of course, this will require greater infrastructure visibility and capacity across the enterprise.

Although Gartner’s strategic technology trends predict an adoption of a wide variety of services, tools and technologies, each is closely connected to network functionality and the support of the enterprise IT department. And each will play a critical role for enterprise operations in the upcoming year.

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