With the Internet of Things looming large, technology experts had no shortage of projections of how the data center industry will continue to evolve in 2016 and beyond. Topping the list were the usual suspects — an increased need for security measures against cyber attacks and growth of the cloud to accommodate increased demands for data.
However, numerous research firms also went beyond those trends — projecting what data centers will need to do to adapt to increased challenges. In disclosing its top 10 strategic technology trends, Gartner said they will shape opportunities in digital business through 2020. Four of those trends “address the new IT reality, the new architecture and platform trends needed to support digital and algorithmic business,” said David Cearley, vice president at Gartner.
Here are four trends that Gartner predicts will drive architecture trends in the industry:
- Adaptive security architecture. Addressing the need to set up security measures against hackers, Gartner pointed out the inadequacies of relying on perimeter defense and rule-based security only. With companies increasingly using cloud-based services and open APIs, IT leaders must step up efforts to detect and address threats. Application self-protection, as well as user and entity behavior analytics, will help fulfill the adaptive security architecture.
- Advanced system architecture. For digital mesh and smart machines to be viable for companies, they will demand intense computing architecture in the form of powerful and efficient neuromorphic architectures, Cearley said. The underlying technology is FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays), enabling neuromorphic architectures to run at accelerated speeds. According to Cearley, systems built on FPGAs and GPUs will function more like human brains — serving the specific needs of IoT.
- Mesh app and service architecture. Apps and services architecture that are more loosely connected are edging out three-tier architecture and other monolithic, linear application designs, according to Gartner. Supported by software-defined application services, the new approach paves the way to more flexibility and agility.
- Internet of Things platforms. There are no shortage of predictions of how IoT will lead to a monstrous demand for data. As a result, IoT platforms will increasingly be analyzed along with complementary mesh app and service architecture. Here’s what Gartner’s Cearley had to say about it: “Any enterprise embracing the IoT will need to develop an IoT platform strategy, but incomplete competing vendor approaches will make standardization difficult through 2018.”
With the demands for data increasing, data centers must be up to the challenge of adapting to keep up.