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Trends impacting core infrastructure management strategies

The average business has been forced to dramatically adjust its approach to IT management given the explosive growth of data volumes around the globe, which has intensified even more of late. At the same time, new devices and apps are making it possible to increase the accessibility of data, provided organizations have modernized their IT infrastructure and service management models to align them with the requirements of modern technology. 

Cloud computing has played a fundamental and central role in this transformation, presenting an alternative option to traditional IT that can boost the elasticity and flexibility of infrastructure and lets employees access software, develop apps and more with lower capital expenditures than in the past. Studies have indicated that the current trend involves a greater emphasis on public cloud services such as AWS and Azure, mixed in with private options for more customized infrastructure. 

Multi-cloud and hybrid IT have become so popular – and show signs of sustainable growth across industries and regions – due to the increasing availability of flexible computing options and managed service provider contracts. With MSPs, companies can more fluidly establish the perfect infrastructure for their respective needs, while also reducing the amount of time, resources and money that needs to go into daily maintenance of the systems and assets. 

This all adds up to a much more robust set of options and capabilities helping organizations in the public and private sectors to not only meet the support demands of devices and apps, but dramatically strengthen their data management procedures in the process. As information acts as the lifeblood of all organizations, expediting the modernization of infrastructure and software management to enable the most productive and efficient use of data is key. 

The IoT

In the IT realm, trends with direct impacts on IT and data management best practices are surfacing and intensifying quickly, and the Internet of Things might be the most obvious one thus far. This particular movement comes with implications for big data, infrastructure, networks, security, compliance and more, while many sectors such as health care and financial services have already begun to witness its rapid spread. 

Forbes contributor Lisa Brownlee recently detailed some of the more modern analytics programs and techniques that have risen to prominence in the past few years, affirming that "pattern of life" might be the newest and most important to watch. Because of its relative novelty, the author did note that definitions of POL analytics range quite a bit, but are essentially characterized by efforts to research entities' behaviors and eventually understand what those individuals will do before they even act. 

Thus far, Brownlee argued that this method is a bit more prominent among researchers in the military and the like, with the concept not quite making its way into the private sector quite yet. However, the IoT is likely to have a dramatic impact on this movement, and for the better. According to the author, the IoT combined with modern analytics solutions and techniques, will place a new emphasis on the more thorough research of subjects' behaviors. 

This will present a wealth of challenges, with Brownlee first pointing to the privacy and security question, which has been immense even before the IoT, big data and enterprise mobility really began to make waves. Modernized infrastructure is not only important in the support and service delivery categories of IT management, but also the security and compliance aspects of the equation. 

The Forbes contributor went on to explain that the IoT and big data will only continue to make matters more complex and challenging for security professionals. 

The data-infrastructure combo

IT Business Edge affirmed that data management optimization can go a long way toward improving the functionality, performance and affordability of IT infrastructure. Again, these two responsibilities within the IT department are exceedingly intertwined, and strong work in one category will tend to translate to greener pastures in the other. 

According to the source, one study from MarketsandMarkets revealed that $105 billion will be spent annually on storage space by the end of this decade, the market expanding at a 10.2 percent compound annual growth rate between 2015 and 2020. 

This is partly due to an increased need for storage capacity amid the IoT and big data trends, as well as simple demands for more advanced and dynamic information management strategies in light of other trends in consumer and corporate purchaser markets. As such, businesses should always work to ensure that their infrastructure reflects their data management goals and requirements, and this can be more fluidly achieved with the right approaches to hybrid IT and multi-cloud deployments. 

Working with the right MSP, companies can tailor their core infrastructure in a way that bolsters big data, mobility and the IoT successes, all while better handling the systems and assets that fuel operations. 

About Craig Sowell

Craig Sowell
Chief Marketing Officer at Datapipe. Craig leads Datapipe’s global marketing initiatives including the management of the Datapipe brand, product management, and all facets of marketing execution.

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