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Veeam Software 2016 Predictions: The Always-On Business Set to Become the Norm in 2016, While Availability Will Define Success

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2016.  Read them in this 8th Annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Doug Hazelman, VP of Product Strategy, Veeam Software

Veeam Predicts the Always-On Business Set to Become the Norm in 2016, While Availability Will Define Success

There's no doubt that 2015 will be seen as the year wearables went mainstream, the time that beacons became more widespread to truly enable the Internet of Things, and when a white-and-gold (or blue-and-black) dress sent the internet into a frenzy.

With analytics moving to the forefront and an ever increasing number of businesses focused on delivering services across what Gartner calls The Device Mesh, "an expanding set of endpoints people use to access applications and information or interact with people, social communities, governments and businesses", the pressure on today's IT infrastructure is ever-growing. Veeam feels that four key trends will drive the next 12 months of enterprise IT management and define our experiences - both in the workplace and as consumers. 

So as we look ahead, here is what I see as the top technology trends that will affect businesses in 2016:

  1. The Criticality of Availability: In 2016, the Internet of Things brings availability to the fore. The rise of mobile and connected devices demonstrates that there is zero tolerance for downtime. All organizations - from a consumer facing business, a mobile service provider or the stock market, the days of organizations being able to suffer through any downtime are long gone. Even a slight outage of a few hours will cause everyone involved in the business to be unhappy that they don't have access, but more importantly, businesses will lose money, data, respect of employees, credibility from partners and loyalty of customers, doing potential damage to consumer and investor confidence. As the Internet of Things continues to gather momentum, the potential cost of downtime is set to escalate. Minimizing downtime and data loss is critical to the overall health of all businesses and ensuring the end user remains satisfied. In addition, since more data and services are now both on premises and in the cloud, businesses in 2016 will need to ensure they have strategies to backup, protect and restore their data on all fronts.

  2. Legacy Thinking, Applications and Systems Must Not Stifle Innovation: The industry has seen significant growth in the capabilities of infrastructure and delivery models, but many organizations haven't modernized their application footprint in alignment with the velocity of the changes to technologies around these legacy applications. Over the next year, companies will draw the line and migrate to the next generation of application technologies to keep up with competitors. There are clear advantages to making use of the newest infrastructure and application technologies, but there have been some blockages in the past. For example, current staff may be entrenched; or legacy applications may be foreseen to be "required forever". Today there are techniques to modernize nearly any application, and for the legacy applications that need to be held around for retention reasons, infrastructure technologies today can keep obsolete operating systems and applications online. This migration to the next generation of applications will not be easy for some businesses, but will be worth it to deliver on the bottom line. Companies will see new benefits from an IT perspective; but also have a unique opportunity to re-evaluate their business. Migrating away from these systems will enable businesses to offer new services that meet the demand of an Always-On workforce and customer base.

  3. The Emergence of Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service: As cloud-based infrastructure continues to become the de facto standard for businesses, we're seeing new service offerings grow in popularity and market share. For example, many companies are increasingly implementing cloud-based Security as a Service within their business to help combat cyberattacks and ensure business continuity. Veeam predicts Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) to be a game changer in 2016, as it will enable businesses to meet and exceed customer and employee expectations around availability. As businesses place IT and availability at the center of their operations, we can expect to see service level agreements with guaranteed backup and recovery times becoming the standard for the modern enterprise.

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About the Author

Doug Hazelman is Vice President, Product Strategy, Chief Evangelist. Doug consults with customers, partners and industry analysts on key considerations for implementing virtual server infrastructures. He works with Veeam's R&D team to enhance and develop new Veeam products to address market needs, and advises customers on best practices for managing virtual environments. Doug shares his expertise via the Veeam blog and other social media outlets.

Prior to joining Veeam, Doug was an IT infrastructure consultant with Bennett Adelson. Earlier in his career he was the director of Product Management for Migration Solutions at Quest Software. Doug was with Aelita Software in various technical and product management roles for more than five years before it was acquired by Quest Software in 2004. 

Doug Hazelman 

Published Thursday, December 17, 2015 6:35 AM by David Marshall
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