Channelnomics' Technology Predictions for 2013
What emerging technologies and business models will come into their own over the next 12 months? Channelnomics editors make their picks for what will be big in IT and the channel in the coming year.
It appears the Mayans were wrong. Come Jan. 2, we’ll all be back at work with another year of technology innovation blissfully ahead of us. What wonders can we expect in 2013? What emerging technologies and IT business models will come into their own over the next 12 months? With help from our army of channel and IT sources, Channelnomics editors have compiled this list of technology predictions for the coming year. > NEXT PAGE: Mobility Gets to Work
Mobility Gets to Work
The mobility market is poised for a three-fold evolution with bring-your-own-device (BYOD), enterprise applications and mobile device management (MDM) dominating the landscape. Perhaps the most interesting growth will be in the enterprise space, where testing, monitoring, securing and real-world use of enterprise-built applications will drive MDM and BYOD initiatives. These key technologies will fuel the surge in mobility, which IDC predicts will grow by 20 percent globally and generate 20 percent of all IT sales worldwide in 2013. > NEXT PAGE: Clouds Go 'Glocal'
Clouds Go 'Glocal'
It’s not local, it’s not global, it’s “glocal.” SAP sees the rise of the “glocal” cloud, and an expansion of the hybrid cloud approach. Forrester Research predicts the cloud will be viewed less like a “commodity item,” -- instead, available cloud choices will align with the needs of the market, producing specialized cloud services to populate the market and make it easier to use. In a similar vein, some vendors predict that “as-a-service” cloud capabilities will begin an era of self-service IT, allowing any user to spin up an advanced cloud with a few dollars and a mouse click. > NEXT PAGE: Networking Goes Soft
Networking Goes Soft
The hottest predictions about virtualization revolve around software-defined networking (SDN). As SDN evolves and matures, it will help cloud vendors grow and build more sophisticated services. Riverbed sees SDN as the harbinger of customizable networks that are both automated and programmable. Once enterprises start building data centers on SDN, Riverbed sees an era where users can “dynamically carve up” network resources at will. This can help cloud providers and enterprises use their data centers to complete tasks instead of a manipulating a static block of technology to drive results. > NEXT PAGE: Pipes Merge
Networking has branched into different segments, from SDN to edge-based firewall capabilities. Riverbed predicts “the stateless branch” office will soon become a reality as network equipment becomes more easily consolidated. Others say without saying: Cisco Systems Inc. has its eye on wireless networking infrastructure, evident by the pretty penny it paid for Meraki. It’s inevitable: As mobility grows, so will wireless needs. > NEXT PAGE: Servers Recover, Microservers Rise
Servers Recover, Microservers Rise
The server market is in a slump, but not for long. Gartner reports a tiny gain of 3.6 percent in worldwide server shipments for Q3 2012 and attributes the slowdown to “economic weakness,” not the cloud. IDC concurs and predicts 2013 will see PC and server markets “return to modest positive growth” as IT spending continues and on-premises server equipment maintains its usefulness outside the cloud. If you believe Intel Corp., 2013 may feature the new category of microservers, as tiny CPUs push front-end Web servers and power back-end storage environments in smaller, cheaper and more energy-efficient packages. > NEXT PAGE: Cyberwarfare Officially Declared
Cyberwarfare Officially Declared
2012 might have been the year of the state-sponsored, targeted attack -- with malware that made the Conficker worm look like the “I Love You” virus. The rogue government-sponsored Flame virus, a 20 MB piece of code with espionage capabilities made its debut, followed by Gauss, a malicious banking threat designed to infiltrate Middle Eastern financial institutions. It’s a safe bet more state-backed cyberweapons will emerge throughout 2013.
> NEXT PAGE: Mac Security Risks Blossom
Mac Security Risks Blossom
2012 was a tough year for Mac owners forced into a somber reality check when the Flashback Trojan ran rampant on their machines, infecting around 600,000 systems at its peak. As if that wasn’t enough, Mac lovers were then pummeled with MacControl and its derivative SabPub, reaffirming they will continue to experience the same pain as their Windows-loving counterparts. In the coming year, Macs will become even greater targets for cybercriminals as Mac OS X market share continues its upward climb. > NEXT PAGE: Backup Grows Cloudier, More Mobile
Backup Grows Cloudier, More Mobile
Backup and recovery solutions will continue their adoption uptick, driven by cloud and mobile solutions that make backup more accessible and give users more options as IT environments become more complex and heterogeneous. The ease of use, scalability and cost effectiveness of cloud backup systems will extend the solution’s reach into the cash-strapped SMB market. More than accessibility, cloud backup systems will provide the ability to store large volumes of data, increasingly necessary in light of rapidly escalating Big Data trends. > NEXT PAGE: De-dup Frenzy Narrows Backup
De-dup Frenzy Narrows Backup
Like traditional backup, data de-duplication has been around for a while. But as organizations are bombarded with reams of extraneous information from Big Data trends, de-duplication will become a lot more attractive to a much wider swath of users. Reasons are plentiful -- it frees disk space, it reduces latency and increases capacity, and it creates cost-effective energy efficiencies. The list goes on. An increased reliance on de-duplication, especially when used in collaboration with backup solutions, serves to greatly reduce backup windows. This not only comes in handy with Big Data woes, but will ultimately serve to increase ROI -- a big selling point no matter how you look at it. > NEXT PAGE: CRM Meets Big Data
CRM Meets Big Data
The Big Data phenomenon has touched almost every industry, and the customer relations management (CRM) segment is no exception. Big Data trends have prompted organizations to search for value to generate business, analyze customer behavior and increase sales -- a trend that plays well into CRM markets. It won’t take long for sales personnel to leverage Big Data tools to home in on value by identifying new customers, drilling down on existing customer needs, distinguishing finite differences between various demographics, and determining the most effective sales approach. > NEXT PAGE: NAND Flash Proliferates
NAND Flash Proliferates
Spinning disk drives won’t go away, but 2013 will see a record amount of solid-state drive (SSD) storage moving from consumer devices into work-a-day servers in the data center. The spread of these NAND flash-powered devices will not only improve the efficiency and manageability of the data center, but will further decentralize data processing, putting increased computing power in the hands of more end users. That will ramp up the amount of data being created, showing the need for even more storage, and so on and on and on... > NEXT PAGE: 3D Printing Takes Shape
3D Printing Takes Shape
Once the purview of DIY geeks and “makers,” the ability to print 3D objects in ABS plastic from devices that look like futuristic microwave ovens finally goes mainstream. Prices on the super-cool units have already dropped from tens of thousands of dollars to around $3,000 for a starter kit. And uses for 3D printers, which smell like hot waffles when they work, have transcended making goofy toys and Star Wars chess sets. Real world product prototyping and small-batch manufacturing will be available to all.