The way people access, transmit, and store information is trending towards mobile devices, apps, and newer models of cloud computing, IT research and advisory company Gartner says. Gartner has identified its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2014 at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando this week.
While some of the trends Gartner points to, such as 3D printing, are important to hosts in the sense that they are potentially important for everyone, some are much more integral to the hosting industry.
“Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker” is another key trend for web hosts Gartner identifies. Gartner sees the development of private clouds into hybrid clouds as “an imperative” which will necessitate the role of cloud service broker, who will manage aggregation, integration, and customization of services. Gartner also sees hybrid clouds as starting out relatively static before developing dynamic aspects.
Other trends related to the proliferation of web devices include “the era of personal cloud,” “Cloud/Client Architecture,” and “Mobile Device Diversity and Management,” which Gartner says will make “everything everywhere” strategies unachievable.
Gartner also identifies “The Internet of Everything,” “Software Defined Anything,” Web-Scale IT,” and “Smart Machines” as technology trends which companies should factor into their strategic planning.
Gartner’s top trends line up with the opinions of other industry players. The evolution of the cloud infrastructure market towards hybrid approaches was recently discussed by CloudSigma CEO Robert Jenkins. Several of the trends indicated by Gartner, such as the mainstreaming of cloud environments and adoption of hybrid cloud, were also mentioned in Verizon’s 2013 State of the Enterprise Cloud Report.