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Executive Viewpoint 2017 Prediction: Ipswitch – Top 2 Predictions for the Enterprise

Today’s organizations collect more data than ever before, and much of it goes unused. That is why the integration of big data and the cloud is important to help enterprises to structure, scale and take advantage of their expanding data stores.

In order for big data and the cloud to have a major impact on enterprise IT in 2017, companies will evolve their expectations and attitudes toward their organization’s support of these technologies.

Big Data

The trend of more data being required to conduct business will continue, but in 2017, we will see data growth coming in two forms – more files and larger files – each requiring more bandwidth for reliably and securely sharing business critical data with high-performance.

Additionally, a lot of that big data will come from sensors in Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

What this all means is more formal and reliable disaster recovery mechanisms that mirror all the data in one or more duplicate environments will be put in place to ensure 100 percent uptime. The best systems have multiple duplicates located at different sites to protect not only against a single server failure, but also against a physical site failure.

Better technologies will also be implemented to send files faster with non-repudiation, multiple automatic retries and guaranteed delivery mechanisms. For example, most files are sent today over a standard TCP/IP protocol, but new technologies are emerging to enhance performance with different variations including splitting data into multiple packet streams, using multiple communication channels from broadband to Wi-Fi, and leveraging faster, but less reliable, User Datagram Protocols (UDP). The result of these new technology implementations and research will enable faster, larger, and more reliable data transfers.

Cloud

The rise in volume of big data will create the need for more technologies to help enterprises safely and securely transfer that information for critical business operations. As such, in 2017, almost all IT services will have at least a cloud element, if not existing entirely in the cloud.

To fully embrace the cloud, companies will start using more secure file transfer and analytics technologies, especially ones that they can subscribe to as a service – such as Managed File Transfer as a Service (MFTaaS) – to reduce the costs associated with setting up multiple servers to protect tremendous amounts of data.

There will also be a move of transferring workloads from on-premise to the private cloud in order to free up or discard costly resources. For example, companies can reduce their costs in hardware, data centers, air conditioning, heating and electricity by using hosted computer centers. This also reduces the burden on administrative IT resources since much of the implementation, support and maintenance of these systems can be outsourced to the hosting or cloud provider.

Eventually, as confidence builds in these deployment methods, companies will even consider moving away from hybrid or private cloud solutions to public cloud servers. Public cloud servers deliver similar advantages as private cloud solutions, but at an even lower cost since there is more resource sharing that leverage technologies such as secure multi-tenant solutions where a single server (physical or virtual) can be used by multiple departments or companies.

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