In 2013, despite economic fluctuations and uncertainties caused by a shaky global landscape, Asia continued on its upward trajectory. Economists expect the economic stability to continue in 2014.
From a technology adoption perspective, the pressure to move fast, whilst simultaneously innovating and executing has never been greater. The Nexus of Forces - or the convergence of mobility, cloud, social computing and information into a unified set of forces shared in a recent Gartner report is seen as being instrumental in driving IT-related decisions in many Asia/Pacific enterprises. Continuing its momentum in innovation, EMC announced a series of new solutions aimed at enabling organisations in their journey towards greater productivity and mobility; agility in business functions and safety in their journey towards technology adoption.
With the overall explosive big data growth and predictions of the digital universe reaching 40 ZB by 2020, businesses realised that traditional siloed methods of managing and delivering information cannot sustain this explosive data growth. Enterprise customers were also clear that they wanted to attain economics of public cloud infrastructure without the public cloud constraints. As a result of these customer conversations, the need for EMC ViPR became increasingly obvious. ViPR was launched as the world's first Software-Defined Storage Platform to enable businesses to manage storage infrastructure and the data residing within that infrastructure. This was alongside the launches of the Mid- Range portfolio and the Flash Array aimed at providing businesses the much needed speed and efficiency.
The rise in big data also led businesses to re-think the power of big data analytics. 2013 also saw the announcement of Pivotal, a collaboration between EMC, VMware and GE to set the new standards for enterprise PaaS. In partnership with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the company recently announced the launch of the Pivotal Innovation Centre in Singapore, dedicated to helping Asian customers accelerate delivery of prototypes that prove the feasibility and return on investment of advanced analytics applications and Big Data platform technologies.
The growth in Big Data, trends in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Bring Your Own Application (BYOA) and access to information across multiple devices and platforms requires greater caution for protection. As the complexities of attacks increased, RSA, the security arm of EMC released RSA® Security Analytics and Silver Tail solutions offering businesses transformational security capabilities to help defend digital assets against today's most sophisticated internal and external threats.
EMC remains committed to being at the forefront of innovation moving into 2014 and beyond.
2014 Technology Outlook
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