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Top 5 trends in IT 2017

In today's world, technology touches almost every aspect of our day to day lives. People now rely on technology to access real-time information, to socialise with friends and even to control appliances around their homes.

1. Internet of things

The Internet of Things (IoT) consists of everyday objects – physical devices, vehicles, buildings etc. with embedded electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, allowing them to collect, send and receive data. This has largely been made possible due to the explosion in low cost IP (Internet) connected devices and the widespread availability of wireless communications. This has resulted in devices and systems that traditionally have been non-intelligent and standalone becoming both intelligent and connected, providing the ability for smart control, data gathering and monitoring.

The Internet of Things is developing at a rapid rate and with new emerging technology facilitating the growth, 2017 will see even more growth with many more IoT devices and platforms being developed. One key new technology that facilitates the IoT movement is LPWAN or LoRaWan. This is low powered Wireless sensors that is powered by batteries with a lifetime of 5-10 years. Another key enabler of the IoT is the increasing amount of developer options and tools such as NodeRed. NodeRed is a visual tool that increases the ease of connecting to multiple API’s and thus reduces the barrier for entry into the IoT world.

2. Dark Fibre

Dark Fibre will become increasingly important in 2017 as there will be more emphasis on ensuring a return on investment on purchases. As more and more core business applications become cloud based, this drives the need for more bandwidth. Dark Fibre is considered an excellent way of future proofing your business due to the fact that it can provide scalability to increasing bandwidth requirements at a lower cost than traditional legacy circuits.

The installation costs associated with installing Dark Fibre circuits can be significant, but when compared to multi-year rental charges associated with legacy telecom circuits, which will increase with the demand for higher bandwidths then it does become a very attractive proposition.

Dark Fibre networks enable clients to connect their own active equipment to each end of the fibre connections using their preferred technology and delivering the speeds/bandwidth they require e.g. 10Gbs. Dark Fibre provides a resilient network that is scalable and has the capacity to grow in line with organisations’ increasing bandwidth demands.

Recently the Autumn Statement 2016 confirmed that the government would be investing £400 million in boosting broadband speeds. This will be used to fund the extension of faster fibre-optic networks across the nation. Pinacl’s Dark Fibre Proposition delivers this vision in line with the Autumn Statement of the vision to develop Smart City initiatives and develop rural broadband environments.

3. Data Centre Evolution

 Over the next five years there will be a vast change in replacing old legacy gear within Data Centres and replaced with new, more efficient data virtualisation stacks.  Data virtualisation is the process of designing, developing and deploying a Data Centre on virtualisation and cloud computing technologies. Driving up efficiency in operations, speeding up the time it takes to deliver new services and lowering our physical and environmental impact on the business.

Business realise that there are many benefits of moving to the cloud with the majority migrating to the cloud thanks to high speed broadband speeds. By moving their on-site Data Centres to the cloud this not only provides cost savings but provides increased resilience by knowing that data can be recovered easily in the event of a disaster.

4. Big Data – How Data is used to solve problems

Big data will be a necessary asset for companies in all sectors. Big data is a key facilitator for the IoT and traditional ways of collecting data are being replaced with more and more data being collected automatically. Technology removes the human bottle neck of data collection allowing for Big Data to be collected, allowing for devices to make data-informed decisions instantly.

Data analysis will change the landscape in which data is used to efficiently make informed decisions. Its unavoidable that Big Data will get bigger in 2017 as it becomes a common place in the business world.

There are many challenges that arise with Big Data and Data collection such as the security of the Data. Ensuring the data is anonymised is the first step of ensuring data us not misused and Big Data can only be effective if the Data can be accessed easily.

5. Wireless Offices

2017 will see increasingly more businesses adopt a flexible working approach for its employees. Smartphones, tablets and the Internet of Things has created a change in how people work, and with the ever increasing number of devices, businesses need to ensure they can accommodate the demand within their office environment. 

The move to Cloud and the rise in use of hosted services has a dramatic positive effect on the size of a business’s communications rooms and the amount of power used and heat generated. Historically the Comms rooms would have had to accommodate a number of servers and storage devices, network switches, firewall and telephony appliances along with terminating the telecoms services and structured cabling.  These changes result in a more efficient use of space and reduction in power costs.

A wireless office would provide users with the ability to securely connect into the network anywhere within the office environment using whichever wireless enabled device they required, therefore enabling the business to implement a hot-desking policy rather than allocating users with fixed desks. Depending on the business activity this can provide significant savings, enabling an office to accommodate more employees. The wireless network would seamlessly accommodate any increase in users without IT involvement and can also provide the ability to support guest devices or employee personal devices (BYOD) connecting to the Internet whilst ensuring the business data is protected.

In Summary

As a result of the above way IT within a modern business is now implemented, it is a good time to also question whether the wired office should be replaced with the wireless office.

These trends will be at the centre of digital transformation in 2017. Organisations need to adopt these changes early to remain agile and adaptable to thrive in the future.

Pinacl have been innovation in an industry that is constantly changing. Pinacl use industry experience are product knowledge to drive innovation and craft pioneering technologies solutions. If you would like to know more about Pinacl please visit our Managed Network Infrastructure page here.