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The always-on business set to become the norm in 2016

Julian Quinn, Vice President of Asia & Japan, Veeam Software | Jan. 11, 2016
Veeam sees acceleration of cloud adoption and growing customer expectations across the IT industry as the biggest catalysts for significant change through 2016

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

There's no doubt that 2015 will be seen as the year wearables went mainstream, the time that beacons became more widespread to truly enable the Internet of Things, and when a white-and-gold (or blue-and-black) dress sent the internet into a frenzy.

With analytics moving to the forefront and an ever increasing number of businesses focused on delivering services across what Gartner calls The Device Mesh, "an expanding set of endpoints people use to access applications and information or interact with people, social communities, governments and businesses", the pressure on today's IT infrastructure is ever-growing. I foresee these top technology trends affecting businesses in 2016:

The criticality of availability

In 2016, the Internet of Things brings availability to the forefront. The rise of mobile and connected devices demonstrates that there is zero tolerance for downtime. All organisations - from a consumer facing business, a mobile service provider or the stock market, the days of organisations being able to suffer through any downtime are long gone. Even a slight outage of a few hours will cause everyone involved in the business to be unhappy that they don't have access, but more importantly, businesses will lose money, data, respect of employees, credibility from partners and loyalty of customers, doing potential damage to consumer and investor confidence.

As the Internet of Things continues to gather momentum, the potential cost of downtime is set to escalate. Minimising downtime and data loss is critical to the overall health of all businesses and ensuring the end user remains satisfied. In addition, since more data and services are now both on premises and in the cloud, businesses in 2016 will need to ensure they have strategies to backup, protect and restore their data on all fronts.

Legacy thinking, applications and systems must not stifle innovation

The industry has seen significant growth in the capabilities of infrastructure and delivery models, but many organisations haven't modernised their application footprint in alignment with the velocity of the changes to technologies around these legacy applications.

Over the next year, companies will draw the line and migrate to the next generation of application technologies to keep up with competitors. There are clear advantages to making use of the newest infrastructure and application technologies, but there have been some blockages in the past. For example, current staff may be entrenched; or legacy applications may be foreseen to be "required forever". Today there are techniques to modernise nearly any application, and for the legacy applications that need to be held around for retention reasons, infrastructure technologies today can keep obsolete operating systems and applications online.


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