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Technology Trends for CIOs to Watch for

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, January 6, 2012
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The need for the best and affordable technology is just increasing and will do so for the near future. As Businesses change, the enterprises need to change technologies keeping in mind the consumers and the businesses. A lot technological advancements led to global transformation. Looking at the pace of these IT innovations, there have been recent predictions as to what the emerging trends are. Also, being the year of 'cloud', what do we have in stores for the next year? To enable enterprises understand the recent trends in the technology bracket, Brocade has come up with important technologies that we need to keep in mind.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) changes IT procurement - The company PC is becoming a thing of the past, as businesses increasingly allow, and even encourage, employees to bring their domestic, consumer devices into the workplace and access corporate applications. This will allow application availability at anytime, from anywhere, and will help business slash procurement costs. The smartphone/tablet phenomenon will fuel this trend, and will drive uptake of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), wireless networking and end-point security solutions in the corporate arena. However, it will create many problems for IT departments as they attempt to mitigate risk, and signal a tough future for PC and laptop manufacturers. Next year, there will be at least one high profile security disaster as a result of this trend, and that will be act as a wake-up call for companies to get proper security processes in place before unlocking their networks to all and sundry.

Campus LAN gets smart - With 'BYOD', the growth of smartphone/tablet usage among consumers and the Unified Communications market set to triple by 2015, the Campus LAN will have to step up to the plate to meet demand - 2012 will be the year the campus gets smart. There is a prediction that by the summer of 2012, we'll see enterprise-class characteristics introduced into campus LAN solutions at a more affordable price point. This level of innovation will, for the first time, give companies the simplicity and performance required to meet modern business demands and transform the way campus-wide networks are engineered.

Rise of Cloud Service Revenue - 2011 saw organizations slowly moving towards the cloud and this adoption will continue in 2012, but will also see the rise of a new form of revenue generation as enterprises from outside the technology sector move towards 'Cloud Service Provision'. In the current economy, businesses look to sweat every asset at their disposal and more and more will look to leverage their data centre environments to offer cloud services as an additional revenue stream. Those companies wishing to address this burgeoning market will need to have the right data centre architecture in place - a highly virtualized, fabric-based network topology, delivering reliability and performance to meet strict SLAs - to respond to customer demands; we will see some high profile casualties as a result of providers trying to make a fast buck.

Greater commoditization - IT commoditization will continue through 2012. The maturity of server virtualization means that hardware is less important; as real estate/energy costs spiral and companies look to reduce capital outlay (CapEx), virtualization strategies will permeate all companies and the CXO will become more vocal in whether or not their organization has a plan in place. Companies will need to make sure that the network foundation upon which all virtual environments operate is fit for purpose; get this wrong and soldier on regardless and there will be many, many problems.

Data consumption continues to sky-rocket - 2011 was the year in which 'Big Data' stole headlines, but this trend will continue unabated through 2012.The last five years have been awash with new ways to generate, consume and store data - in 2011, the average smartphone user consumed 15Mb of data each day, but this will grow to 1 GB by 2020; as consumers, we will place huge demand on networking and storage resources because of this. Businesses will need to look at innovative solutions to increase network stability and performance while driving down costs to remain competitive.

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