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Atlantic.Net 2019 Predictions: Looking Ahead at DaaS, DR/BC, ML/AI, Security Services and IoT

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Adnan Raja, Vice President of Marketing at Atlantic.Net

Predicting the future used to be an easier task. Innovation begged more trial and error; technology broke new barriers, but it broke them slowly, not at the speed of digital. Now, nearly every technology seems on the next big thing. But who will get there first in 2019? What industries are poised to take that giant leap forward?

Here are our 5 picks for destinations the industry will head for in the year to come.

Desktop as a Service (DaaS): The "as a service" train just keeps rolling on with no end in sight.  Now at the forefront is DaaS, as companies aim to turn real desktops into virtual desktops to maximize their functionality, processing power, and scalability. Beyond that, the use of DaaS greatly lowers the risk of employee-introduced risks to your network. Markets and Markets predicts the Workspace as a Service industry, which DaaS is a major component of, to top $9.41 billion in value in 2019.

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuation (DR and BC): First there were backups, then there were off-site storage facilities. Then came Katrina, Harvey, Sandy, Maria, Irma and countless other hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters that wreak havoc on businesses from top to bottom. With 98% of businesses saying that a single hour of downtime costs them more than $100,0000. That puts the cost of a single day down around $2.4 million. That sort of inconceivable expenses demands that DR and BC become the rule, not the exception. Cloud-based solutions are the surest, safest environment.

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (ML and AI): After decades of slow progress, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning has found its first true calling for large-scale success in the fields of healthcare science and advanced research. The massive scale needed for the algorithms that drive medical and pharmaceutical research, not to mention the big budgets behind them, is the perfect environment for growth.

Security Services and Managed Security Services: As more and more businesses make their way onto the cloud, the less need there is for in-home IT services to maintain localized networks. Most cloud environments offer something of the sort, but that doesn't mean it's the best or the most reliable. Managed security services, where someone is always on and watching your system against threats, is becoming more the rule than the exception. There are nearly a million pieces of malware released per day, and that's even including more specialized attacks like DDos. The number of threats isn't going to diminish anytime soon. Being prepared is the only solution.

IOT-related Edge computing: Already, some 3.6 billion devices are part of the Internet of Things. This number will skyrocket when 5G technology is released sometime in 2019. Edge computing is the great equalizer for overworked data centers across the country. The relative lack of security in place for most IOT devices makes it a must to equip edge computing with adequate security to keep data secure and devices corruption-free.


About the Author


Adnan Raja is the Vice President of Marketing at Atlantic.Net. With over 15 years of experience in marketing and business strategy, Adnan has successfully branded and launched products from concept to marketing to profitable campaigns. He is always looking for innovative, pioneering strategies to grow the business via partnerships and revenue opportunities.  

Published Thursday, October 04, 2018 7:38 AM by David Marshall
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