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As 2018 winds down to a close, vXchnge is already thinking about the future trends and innovations that will be dominating the headlines next year. Here is a quick snapshot of 10 things to watch out for in 2019.
If the trend from recent years is any indication, 2019 will be a record-breaking year for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. That’s because 2018 saw some of the biggest DDoS attacks ever recorded, with traffic easily exceeding 1 Tbps. Expect DDoS mitigation efforts to continue to develop in order to counteract new attack strategies like “memcaching,” which use exposed memcached servers to amplify the volume of traffic and overcome most defenses.
Although many organizations are leaving the public cloud in favor of private servers, the trend of shifting workloads into the cloud continues across multiple industries. While legacy IT infrastructure and other customized systems will need to be rearchitectured if they’re to function effectively in the cloud, many newer applications can be transferred with relatively little difficulty. For fast-growing companies, lift and shift offers the ability to transition to more scalable computing solutions with minimal disruption.
In an economic environment with global competition and falling technology costs, the playing field between established companies and eager startups is flattening quickly. With so much competition in the marketplace, customer experience is fast becoming a key brand differentiator. Companies that are able to deliver instant access to data and services when customers demand them will have an edge in 2019, and software defined data centers (SDDC) have the resources to facilitate those experiences. With the flexibility offered by virtualized infrastructure and a business intelligence platform, SDDCs can provide a wide range of services to data center customers on-demand, allowing them to respond rapidly to future needs and industry-specific trends.
There is little reason to doubt that 2019 will see additional breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and machine learning applications. Analytics programs driven by machine learning are already promising to revolutionize market trends and the way data centers are managed. The benefits of predictive analysis will further unlock the potential of zettabytes worth of unstructured data building up in hard drives around the world. Cloud computing will continue to increase in power, making artificial intelligence more viable for commercial applications as industries gain access to the massive amounts of processing power needed to utilize it.
From autonomous vehicles to home assistant devices, the number of internet-connected devices on the market will grow even larger in 2019. These internet of things (IoT) devices will collect massive amounts of data and fundamentally change the way services are provided. Industries like healthcare and manufacturing stand to benefit tremendously from the potential of these smart devices, allowing them to overcome a variety of longstanding challenges. These, and other autonomous things, will play an even bigger part in market trends in 2019.
The proliferation of IoT devices will be made possible by an extension of edge networks that diminish latency and expand service into previously underserved areas. Edge data centers located in key emerging markets will not only help IoT devices take a greater role in data collection and processing, but will also deliver streaming content more reliably. With the number of streaming service providers set to increase in 2019, empowered edge computing networks will be vital to keeping connection speeds consistently high.
With the European Union’s passage of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, companies around the world had to scramble to rethink how they managed and safeguarded their customers’ personally identifiable information (PII). While the long-term ramifications of the law are not yet clear, it didn’t take long for a major company to come under intense pressure for the way it handles customer data. In late November, consumer groups in seven EU countries accused Google of violating GDPR protocols. The complaint may well have contributed to Google’s decision to relocate its handling of European data from the US to Ireland. One of the running stories of 2019 may well be how well tech companies continue to navigate these new regulations.
While the 5G revolution may not get fully off the ground in 2019 (even Apple isn’t ready to commit to releasing a 5G phone), the year will undoubtedly see massive progress in the new wireless standard. A great deal of infrastructure still needs to be overhauled and replaced, but the technology promises to deliver the lightning fast, high-bandwidth connections that will be vital to the success of future IoT technology. Without 5G connections, game-changing technologies like autonomous vehicles will not be able to reach their full potential. Expect to see massive investment in 5G infrastructure throughout 2019, all of it moving toward full adoption within the next few years.
Despite mischaracterized reports, data centers won’t be going anywhere in 2019. If anything, they will become an even more ubiquitous part of today’s tech landscape and future trends in IT. Data centers will continue to incorporate the latest in high-density server and advanced cooling technology to deliver more power and storage for every square foot of floor space. Smaller edge data centers will help extend networks to capitalize on IoT devices while massive hyperscale facilities will continue to store the immense quantity of data being generated by the world’s population every day.
The days of facing a stark contrast between colocation and cloud-based infrastructure are already a thing of the past, but the trend is sure to continue in 2019. Increasingly, companies will turn to hybrid cloud architectures that allow them to have the security and control of a private server and the expansive, scalable power of public cloud platforms. For organizations that need more versatility in their network solution, multi-cloud deployments will offer unparalleled flexibility, allowing them to pick and choose exactly the services they need to drive business success.
vXchnge will be keeping a close watch on these IT trends as 2019 unfolds, so be sure to check back regularly or subscribe to our blog to keep up with the latest developments of the coming year.