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IMT Software 2021 Predictions: Trends in 2021 to Impact IT

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Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2021.  Read them in this 13th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Trends in 2021 to Impact IT

By Greg Holick, Vice President, Product Management, IMT Software

In 2021, people will feel more confident moving their data to the cloud. Cloud-forward data movement solutions will become much more comfortable using the cloud and by 2025, 49% of all data will be in cloud-based infrastructure. Hence, our first prediction is that the fear of the cloud will evaporate 2021. This will be joined by other trends that will accelerate in the coming twelve months:

Artificial intelligence will automatically unify data + Data-driven automation for AI operations will become central to IT strategies

Next-generation data migration to and from the cloud will integrate with an AI workflow which will move data from Edge environments to the Core. As the data comes in, it will be tagged. The technology will be deployed in differing environments -- manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, scientific research/data gathering, IoT space, etc.

Time, money and risk will continue to play an ever-important role in data movement - Trend for the next 2-3 years

In the wake of COVID-19, enabling remote work has required IT teams to rapidly lean into cloud technologies to keep their businesses operating smoothly. Migrations will continue to be complicated and since time, money and risk will continue to play an ever-important role in data movement, customers will be looking to providers to offer them intelligent services and active archive applications that leverage the cloud. With this change, the fear of the cloud will evaporate. In fact, according to Forbes, by 2025, 49% of the world's stored data will reside in public cloud environments.

Along with this shift to the cloud, Artificial intelligence (AI) will automatically unify data and Data-driven automation for AI operations will become central to IT strategies. Organizations will look to move data according to the intelligence they receive from operational or situational intelligence. Migrations will continue to be complicated and customers will be looking to providers to offer them intelligent services and applications.

Data movement based off operational/situational intelligence

Intelligently tagging the data and preparing it for AI, M&E, Smart Cities, and Scientific use will remain a trend for the next 2-3 years.

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About the Author

Greg Holick 

Greg Holick Is vice president of product management for IMT Software. Holick oversees all aspects of shaping product direction and roadmap for IMT's software division and its inaugural product, SoDA. Holick works closely with channel and workflow application partners to bring innovative solutions software tools and applications to customers that automate and simplify business operations, workflows and hybrid cloud data management.

Published Thursday, January 07, 2021 7:38 AM by David Marshall
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