IT commoditisation will continue through 2012, according to Franklin Sze, regional director for Hong Kong and Taiwan, Brocade.
Sze has set out the top five technology trends that we should watch out for this year including BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), which is predicted to change IT procurement.
Businesses are encouraging employees to bring their domestic, consumer devices into the workplace and access corporate applications that will reduce procurement costs in addition to allowing application availability at anytime, from anywhere.
Campus LAN is set to get smart this year as it has to meet business demand caused due to the increase in the growth of smartphone/tablet usage among consumers and the unified communications market, which is set to triple by 2015.
Brocade expects enterprise-class characteristics to be introduced into
campus LAN solutions at a more affordable price point by the summer of 2012.
New form of revenue generation
This year, businesses will see the rise of a new form of revenue generation as enterprises from outside the technology sector move towards 'Cloud Service Provision'.
Sze predicts some high profile casualties as a result of providers trying to make a fast buck by tapping the burgeoning cloud services market.
Brocade predicts traditional, enterprise-owned clients to become obsolete in 2012 as businesses turn to virtualised or even hosted environments to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) through procurement of lower-cost hardware.
Data consumption will continue to sky-rocket driving businesses to look at innovative solutions to increase network stability and performance.
Holistic data centre fabrics from the storage environment through to the Ethernet network are also going to be the big trend in 2012.
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