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2015 Reflections and 2016 Predictions

SolarWinds Head Geek Patrick Hubbard, Leon Adato, Thomas LaRock and Kong Yang | Jan. 15, 2016
Experts from SolarWinds highlight the key trends in 2015, and predict the top industry drivers for the next 12 months.

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.

2015: A year in review  

Before looking at the upcoming year, we wanted to highlight some of the key trends that have shaped the IT industry in 2015:

1. Cloud-as-Service lost its fear factor

The complete adoption of virtualization, as well as investigation into cloud and other strategies, is far more advanced than expected-particularly amongst small-medium businesses (SMBs). Making applications truly mobile is redefining how companies think about their IT infrastructure.

Gartner also predicts that in 2018, total public cloud services spending in the mature Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region will rise to USD11.5 billion withCloud management and storage along with Software as a Service (SaaS) being one of the faster growing public cloud services through to 2018 as more enterprise and government users jump onto cloud services.   

 MicrosoftOffice 365 and a number of previously 'untouchable' infrastructures that were never considered pliable enough to leave data centers are now being housed offsite and it's an exciting change. Successful implementations of Office 365 have driven more companies to consider the move to offsite locations. The general feeling for portability and software-based configurability of infrastructure is beginning to take off.  

2. APT-dominated security
The security predictions for 2015 went far beyond everyone's expectations, based on the number of extremely high-profile breaches that were spotlighted in the mainstream media.

Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) was a term that went mainstream in 2014, but the sheer volume of APTs over the past year has taken everyone by surprise. The sophistication of attacks, number of zero day vulnerabilities exploited, and general lack of preparedness have made these breaches agonizing. 

Well publicised breaches also caused financial losses. This forced many companies to reflect on their oversight which highlighted the notion that we not only need to consider the cost implications of the breach but they also face the liability of negligence to customers when it comes to unsecure environment, raising awareness for diligence and bringing into focus the possibility of a security breach as attackers are getting more sophisticated in their methods.

3.   IoT continues to grow
With the advancement of connected cars, buildings, wearable technologies, and healthcare, connected devices have certainly been a hot topic within the technology industry. IoT, which offers both significant cost-savings, as well as productivity enhancements for companies and individuals, is not set to slow down as tech leaders race to stay ahead of the trend, particularly in Asia Pacific (APAC). According to IDC, the APAC IoT industry will continue its strong growth, with the number of units, or "things", connected to increase from 3.1 billion to 8.6 billion by 2020. Over this same period, the total APAC excluding Japan (APeJ) market size will increase from USD250 billion to USD583 billion.


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