As businesses continue to grow and go global, they will become increasingly dependent on technology to help curb sprawl. In response, enterprise IT is sure to evolve over the next few years with the increase and adoption of new technologies, including:
- Big data
- Hybrid cloud
- Persistent storage
Big data is much more established than it was when Hadoop appeared on the scene. IT departments are starting to turn from worrying about what big data is, to learning how to use and leverage it to improve the business. Newer technology is making it easier for businesses to analyze, see information in real-time, and use machine learning to reduce IT time spent programming.
Containers aren’t as ubiquitous as the cloud, but they’re the driving force behind many newer technologies. Enterprise IT will need to work out the kinks in using them in order to keep up with the latest advancements, but should also keep in mind that mainframe apps and VM-based appliances are still likely to be useful for many years to come.
Many providers, including Microsoft and VMware, are offering hybrid cloud solutions to businesses of all sizes. This includes cross-cloud solutions, Software as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service. The cloud also offers the benefit of more storage without taking up space in on-premises storage centers, leading to vendors offering combinations that have all of the pros of both cloud and on-premises solutions.
Internet of Things
In the future, much of enterprise IT will likely be taken up with the consideration of the Internet of Things (IoT). With the IoT comes the usual concerns:
- Data access, ethics, and protection
- Distributed processing
With technology evolving so rapidly, it’s inevitable that it will get smaller and more affordable — meaning that even SMBs can get in on new tech like persistent storage without going over budget. This can lead to discussion on overhauling current infrastructure design to best take advantage of persistent storage, and a brand new type of evolution for applications.
From big data to containers, the cloud and the IoT to persistent storage, technology will continue to grow and innovate. Businesses will need to stay ahead of the curve in order to keep up.