The year 2016 has finally arrived with a lot of expectations and fulfilling aspects and businesses will be in need of the following technologies to prosper in this year.
Backup and Disaster Recovery solutions- As data deluge continues to grow in enterprises, they will be in need of simple and effective ways of archiving and backing up data. Businesses, particularly SMBs will naturally don’t have time, or resources to dedicate to complicated backup and recovery processes. So, we can expect to see more businesses embrace next generation storage technology that can take frequent incremental snapshots and generate full backups instantly. With cloud based backup and disaster recovery services picking up, companies will be in look out for advanced disaster recovery solutions which can lessen the burden of managing the whole trouble of backup and recovery, both economically and on a manual note.
10 GbE will gain more traction- The year 2015, witnessed a slow adoption for 10 Gigabit Connectivity copper. But the current year, will see wireless technology as a necessity, than a commodity. This is especially the case for businesses looking to attract the millennial generation, who use their own devices as a business tool. Therefore, the year 2016 will prove as a pivotal year for 10 GbE as many enterprises; irrespective of their size, will show enthusiasm to adopt the technology as they will struggle to contend with connectivity and performance bottlenecks. This is set to cause growing bandwidth demands, due to the increase in video and mobile data, through to virtualization and IP camera surveillance services
Increasing customer demand for in-store Wi-Fi- The year 2016 will witness people throughout the world showing a lot of interest in connecting to the web through multiple devices. Naturally, expectations will increasingly translate to the high street and hospitality sector in 2016, with fast, secure and reliable Wi-Fi becoming not only demanded, but a big expectation. However, with limited resources, constrained capital budgets and geographically dispersed locations, these industries will struggle to efficiently manage, monitor and support distributed Wi-Fi networks across multiple locations without the correct technology in place. All these factors subsequently will hamper their ability to meet the needs of its customers – something they cannot afford in today’s competitive landscape. But implementing centrally managed solutions will be crucial in 2016 and beyond.
Internet of Things (IoT) will make inroads in businesses- Connected homes will become normality in 2016 as products such as smart fridges, smart meters, and thermostats will enormously evolve in this year. As products continue to develop and become more affordable, devices used in connected homes will become integrated into the business landscape with the uptake of mobile devices.However, IoT adoption will also see more frequent performance bottlenecks, periods of downtime and a level of sub-standard service across many businesses, as IT and network managers struggle to keep up with changing infrastructure requirements.
Increase in number of managed service providers- With the increased adoption and understanding of next-generation technology such as cloud, BYOD and the Internet of Things in 2015, we can expect to see even more channel partners move into a managed service provider role in 2016. This will in fact enable channel partners to reinforce the importance of the procurement process. This is set to increase revenue by selling full solutions rather than standalone products. This will also support channel partners to make significant changes to both the headcount and skill set of employees, to keep up with the evolving business landscape.
Adoption of ac will get rapid- Use of wireless network devices will increase in 2016 and so we can see businesses adopting 802.11ac wireless standards. As a result the use of older 802.11n standard devices will slow down, as organizations will directly shift to 802.11ac from 802.11g. We can also expect to see the arrival of multi-gigabit switching, which will become more important as Wave 2 ac access points arrive to support Wave 2 clients where speeds greater than a Gigabit on the switch network warrant higher speed switching.
Data Integrity fear will rise- With high profile cyber attacks in 2015, data integrity in 2016 will become more important than ever before. The protection of a businesses data and that of its customers is crucial. Despite whether this is due to a cyber-attack, human error or glitch in the system, a long-term and robust business strategy for keeping data secure is vital for 2016 and beyond.
Note- This article was architected by Tris Simmons, Marketing Manager at NetGear