While the explosion of data makes it unrealistic to store all data in-house, organizations are unlikely to move all data to public cloud storage. In fact, a study from Taneja Group found that only about one in 10 enterprise IT organizations are even contemplating a move to the public cloud. But that doesn’t mean the public cloud can’t be part of the equation. While on-premises storage offers greater control and tighter security, cloud storage capacity can be scaled up or down according to current business need, using a pay-as-you-go pricing model. With cloud storage, capital expenses for infrastructure are minimized, and users enjoy the flexibility of anytime, anywhere access to data.
According to a new Harris survey, more than 90 percent of IT decision makers view enterprise mobility as an essential ingredient to improving productivity, competitiveness and customer engagement. This explains why organizations will invest more in enterprise mobility in 2016 than any other area of IT, and 73 percent of respondents plan to take their entire organization mobile this year. A Zion Research study predicts that the enterprise mobility market will build on this momentum and grow more than 24 percent annually to reach $500 billion in 2020.
According to the annual Technology Trends study from Computer Economics, software-defined networking (SDN) is the best technology investment for 2016. Early adopters ranked SDN highest in terms of ROI and total cost of ownership, ahead of social/collaboration, mobile applications and Infrastructure-as-a-Service.
When the phrase “next-generation” is used to describe something, we assume it’s new. We assume it’s the best available product of its kind. This line of thinking applies to next-generation firewalls (NGFWs). However, NGFWs have existed for more than a decade, and the advanced capabilities of those first NGFWs are no longer advanced. Today’s corporate networks run data in physical, virtual and cloud environments for users all over the world, making it difficult for a legacy NGFW to protect a network from modern security threats.
Industry predictions about the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to trend upward. The IoT, of course, refers to the billions of Internet-connected devices that are quietly collecting and transmitting data. Gartner estimates that there will be 6.4 billion IoT devices in use this year, up 30 percent from 2015, and predicts the number will reach 25 billion by 2020. IDC expects there to be 20.9 billion devices, while Juniper says there will be 38.5 billion.
Back in September we discussed the introduction of Intel’s 6th Generation Intel Core processor family based upon the new Skylake microarchitecture. These thin and lightweight processors offer improved performance over previous generations of chips while consuming less power and providing near-instantaneous wake-up times.
Employees like to use consumer-grade solutions for file sharing. These free tools are used at home, so they’re easy to set up and use at work, and employees don’t have to figure out the IT-approved solution.
Organizations have struggled to implement private clouds because of the challenges of adapting legacy infrastructure to the web-scale IT model of large cloud service providers. Web-scale IT generally refers to a modern data center architecture that is designed to support fast growth of complex infrastructures while enabling greater business agility and lower total cost of ownership.
There is no getting around the fact that the amount of data being produced is skyrocketing and will continue to do so. Structured and unstructured data is generated around the clock by computers, mobile devices, email, rich-media applications, social media, and Internet-connected corporate assets and consumer products. All of these forms of data, regardless of the source, have one thing in common: They all need a place to live.
A new report from The Bunker about hybrid cloud adoption finds that nine in 10 organizations are using a hybrid cloud infrastructure, and 96 percent plan to move applications or data to the hybrid cloud within the next five years. The main driver behind hybrid cloud adoption is cost. 60 percent of respondents are looking to improve cost efficiency, flexibility and scalability. 40 percent want to reduce total cost of ownership, and 38 percent want to shift more IT costs from capital to operational expenses.