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Tech trends to expect in 2014

Nurdianah Md Nur | Jan. 20, 2014
According to Fujitsu, Aruba Networks and Dell, enterprises are expected to focus on cloud, mobility and security in 2014.

Cloud, mobility, social and big data/analytics were some of the enterprise trends last year but will they continue to be key areas to focus on in 2014? We talk to experts from Fujitsu Singapore, Aruba Networks and Dell to find out.

Echoing IDC's predictions that cloud spending will surge by 25 percent this year, Fujitsu expects an increase in the adoption of cloud services. However, enterprises will focus on building their own cloud according to their needs. "CIOs will have the option of having cloud on- or off-premise, self-managed or as a managed service," said Wong Heng Chew, president of Fujitsu Singapore. Wong also expects the "demand for a single platform with the functions of cloud brokering, integration and aggregation to increase as it enables the IT department to deliver a responsive service with consistent operations and management while reducing the management burden and risks".

[Related story: Q&A: View on 2014 from Fujitsu Singapore]

To address the need for a centralised way of provisioning and managing many Wi-Fi locations, cloud will be increasingly used to manage Wi-Fi networks. Albert Tay, ASEAN general manager at Aruba Networks, said: "In 2014, we'll see [the emergence of] cloud Wi-Fi that stays always on by adding fast failover, redundant uplinks and cellular backup links to the WLAN, plus global redundancy for the cloud management service itself. More flexible architectures [will also emerge] as cloud Wi-Fi allows access points to run in multiple modes and locations, managed by a single solution."

With the rise of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model, more employees are using more than one personal Wi-Fi enabled devices for work. IT personnel might thus be overwhelmed to help end users get connected securely to the enterprise network in a short amount of time. To counter this, IT departments will provide end users with more control over their devices and access, predicts Tay. "Tasks previously handled by the IT department such as onboarding and provisioning new mobile devices, giving network access to guests and registering and sharing media appliances like printers and projectors over the network will be turned over to end users." This therefore enables the IT department to focus more on managing the network.

The main concerns of the BYOD model are the loss of control over devices and allowing corporate networks to become vulnerable to employees' personal data, viruses, apps, open ports and cloud services. Amit Midha, president of Dell APJ, thus believes that enterprises will increasingly adopt the Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) model. "As CYOD enables enterprises to offer their employees a choice of a company-approved device with the appropriate security and standardisation, CIOs can easily manage the deployment of multiple device options with the right security configurations," he said.


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