2012 Prediction: Dell KACE
Every year, I like to reflect on what trends will impact and drive the systems management space. Much of this perspective comes from what we at Dell KACE have seen and experienced firsthand in the industry, as well as conversations with our thousands of customers around the globe. I believe 2012 is going to be a game changer in several key IT areas – such as mobility, cloud computing and big data – particularly as networks continue to converge and data increases. This will essentially enable end-users to access enterprise and personal data anytime on almost any device in the home, office or on the road.
So without further ado, here are my top five trends for 2012:
Mobile Device Management Becomes a Reality
The management of mobile devices will become a standard practice within the enterprise as the number of corporate and employee-owned devices continues to grow. Enterprises and educational institutions are now beginning to understand the nightmare of managing both corporate and personal mobile devices, as well as managing applications and network access. As classic device management penetrates the industry in greater discipline, a parallel effect of innovative new security measures will be applied to those same devices.
The Rise of the Anti-cloud
With the prevalence of high-performance computing, high bandwidth and proliferation of storage, both in the sky and on-premise, a new computing mesh will form giving way to the anti-cloud in 2012. This will provide consumers, professionals and even businesses a new (local) private cloud source of energy to harness.
P2P Architectures Will Support Backup
The maturity of peer-to-peer (P2P) architectures along with sophisticated encryption will give users the means to securely store their data across P2P networks. Users will no longer be dependent on a single point of storage, which will provide end users with more choice; and an extremely elastic and complementary source of storage.
Home Media Networks Converge
The growth of home media networks such as Internet TV and smart TVs will blur the distinction between television, desktop computing, and Internet media. The continued evolution of the home media network with content available across multiple devices will mean less differentiation between the TV and computer resulting in much broader and more consistent access to all forms of content.
Big Data and Cloud Monitoring Collide
Big data and cloud monitoring will collide in 2012 creating new challenges for enterprise IT teams tasked with managing growing amounts of IT data housed on PCs, laptops and servers (switches, boxes, devices, etc.). Businesses will not only need to monitor and analyze data from a growing amount of physical devices and cloud services, they’ll also need to be able to monitor and make sense of a new mountain of information coming from the exponential growth of deployed virtual machines in all forms.