IT 2012: It's All About Control of the Data
How data enters a system, where it resides, how it is processed, who can access and manage it, and who can store and archive it-that's where the power in IT will be next year.If yesterday is an archive and today is a real-time view, then tomorrow is an idea that encompasses both history and present-day experience. That's the concept behind the following eWEEK articles, which look at technology trends for 2012:
- Cloud Computing Seeks a New Identity
- Five Key Enterprise Development Trends
- Network Breaches Herald More Advanced Attacks in 2012
- RIM, Microsoft Bets Hint at Radical Change
IT that is progressive is already well-established and will gain even more ground in 2012. These critically important technology trends include cloud services and systems; data centers that use less electricity; the larger-than-life workloads and storage capacities we call "big data"; the increasing use of automation in systems of all kinds; the integration of business intelligence into just about everything; and the ever-growing volume of stored data in all its formats.
- Full automation of major IT systems will continue as a major trend
- The availability of more cloud-based software and services than one can imagine
- The rapid ascendance of hybrid cloud systems
- Exabyte-scale storage systems (thousands of petabytes!)
- Data center systems that use less electricity, yet churn out more and larger workloads
- Vastly increased usage of data analytics deployments-and not just inside large enterprises
- New and improved unified data center controls that include monitoring of data flow and storage, as well as all the physical facilities.