Gartner has identified its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015, in a list dominated by networking, and web and cloud hosting. Gartner identifies the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift as the three main themes among the trends.
The proliferation and importance of mobile devices Gartner calls “Computing Everywhere,” a concept related to the Internet of Things, which also made the list. The report notes that digitizing everything creates four basic usage models which can be applied even beyond the internet of things, for instance, by offering pay-as-you-drive insurance. The data exchanges necessary to such a service mean greater workloads for hosts.
“Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics” is a trend which falls out of the Internet of Things, and in turn drives “Context-Rich Systems,” which amounts to the delivered result of the analytics performed on the data provided by connected things. “Smart Machines” are also a product of these big data trends, and Gartner says that it is a disruptive trend on a historic scale.
“Software Defined Applications and Infrastructure” is another trend which has been felt in the hosting industry, and enables “Web-Scale IT.” Web-scale IT will evolve with commercial hardware platforms, mainstream adoption of cloud-optimized and software-defined approaches, and the DevOps which will be the first step for many organizations.
“Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection” is both necessitated and enabled by the other trends. A September Gartner report identified app misconfigurations as the likely source of the overwhelming majority of mobile security breaches by 2017.
The convergence of cloud and mobile computing is making “Cloud/Client Computing” a top trend, which will be focussed on synchronizing across devices to the end of eventually supporting simultaneous application use of multiple devices.
“Cloud is the new style of elastically scalable, self-service computing, and both internal applications and external applications will be built on this new style,” David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow said. “While network and bandwidth costs may continue to favor apps that use the intelligence and storage of the client device effectively, coordination and management will be based in the cloud.”
The sole trend identified by Gartner which does not obviously relate to hosting and cloud services is 3D printing, which along with mobile proliferation, web-scale IT and cloud/client computing are continuing trends from 2014.