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Stratus Technologies 2019 Predictions: Tech Teams Will Tackle Practical Challenges to Realize Grand Ambitions

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

Contributed by John Fryer, senior director of industry solutions, Stratus Technologies

In 2019, Tech Teams Will Tackle Practical Challenges to Realize Grand Ambitions

Over the last few years, terms like Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and edge computing have proliferated widely as tech professionals make ambitious predictions about their own future capabilities. While improved computing capabilities will establish a wide range of new possibilities, a fair amount of foundational work is still necessary to usher in this new era of technology.

In 2019, businesses will be held responsible for bringing the technological future they've promised to fruition. As a result, we will see the following trends.

Computing Hardware Will Grow Bigger and Stronger

Contrary to the general trend of shrinking devices, in the year ahead, edge computing devices will actually grow in size as they grow in power. To support the increased capacity required for virtualization and containers to support additional applications, devices will need to increase in size. This trend will be most noticeable at the far edge, where more intensive applications will demand additional computing resources.

IT and OT Will Team Up to Strengthen IoT and IIoT

2019 will bring a new level of accountability to business teams piloting new tech projects. Especially when it comes to IoT and IIoT, pilot projects will need to demonstrate real results.

To reach the full potential of IoT and IIoT deployments, IT and OT teams will need to work together. IT and OT teams must both realize that regardless of cost, cloud enablement is creating significant speed and agility for their businesses. Companies must establish a unified implementation framework for new technologies to harness the benefits of cloud and edge computing.

Security Gets Smart (and Simple)

In recent years, computing teams have raced to adapt edge and cloud technologies without closely examining the risks of introducing new devices to complex business and manufacturing networks. Now, across our society, consumers and business leaders are paying new attention to the importance of protecting their technology.

Modern businesses face a nearly infinite array of threats. Managing the security of thousands of networked devices is functionally impossible for a single human being. Businesses will need to develop AI and machine learning applications to learn from their massive data outputs and isolate individual threats. While this seems complex, network protection is in actuality a very data-rich and therefore practical arena to pioneer and train new AI applications.

Finally, as edge and cloud devices proliferate and offer more endpoints to business networks, they will need to be extremely secure. Computing servers and hardware will move to integrate cybersecurity and anomaly detection features that ensure companies are well positioned to identify threats and quickly shut them down.


About the Author


John Fryer is Senior Director, Industry Solutions at Stratus Technologies where he is responsible for go-to-market strategies and industry initiatives across all the company's product lines. He has over 25 years of experience with systems and software products in a variety of engineering, marketing and executive roles at successful startups and major companies, including Motorola, Emerson Network Power and Oracle. His experience includes more than 15 years working with high-availability solutions for the Enterprise and networking industries.

Published Monday, January 21, 2019 9:32 AM by David Marshall
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