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ColoHouse 2023 Predictions: Renewed Focus on Simplifying Chaos


Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2023.  Read them in this 15th annual series exclusive.

Renewed Focus on Simplifying Chaos

By Scott Fuhriman Senior Vice President - Cloud Services, ColoHouse

As we head into 2023, uncertainty is the reality we face. The global economy was drastically impacted by COVID-19 over the last three years. Data centers, along with many other business segments, must juggle corporate chaos as the recession looms, supply chain issues continue to linger, and the lack of an experienced workforce is trending.

These struggles are actually turning into opportunities in the data center and colocation markets as companies are looking for better ways to operate while minimizing downsizing risk. Gartner predicts that "through 2027, fully virtual workspaces will account for 30% of investment growth by enterprises in metaverse technologies and will "reimagine" the office experience." [1]

Cost Control Focus Leads to Increase in Automation

There's a renewed focus on maintaining control over both data and the software on which it resides.

IDC predicts that data will grow from an estimated 97 ZB by the end of 2022 to 175 ZB by 2025. Since data storage of this magnitude is so costly, automating workflows to organize data more efficiently will be delivered to cloud-native AI and ML tools. The increase in automation will help boost bottom-line investment.

Security Compliance

Cybersecurity will always be a concern for businesses. In fact, Check Point Software Technologies noted [2] that cyber-attacks against corporate networks grew by 50 percent Y2Y from 2020. And malicious bad actors will only continue to surface as organizations have enacted remote and hybrid workplace policies. Organizations have realized that they have data everywhere and lack controls to secure, encrypt and manage their data. 2023 will be the start of when businesses begin to identify where their data lives, how it is secured, who has access, and complete the lifecycle management of their data.

Businesses need to ensure that they are using a trusted and secure colocation facility that is in compliance with the latest standards. That's why colocation providers such as ColoHouse will continue to become more valuable as the company continues to maintain the highest level of security compliance while expanding its security features for the future.

Supply Chain Issues

Despite the world's enormity, we're all very connected. In 2021-22, for example, troubling supply bottlenecks paralyzed our ability to receive the goods we needed. And as stories about shipment delays, work stoppages, and transportation shortages abound - delays will probably continue but there are factors in play for 2023 that make the landscape look brighter than last year. Governments are responding to the supply chain as a national security imperative; 2022 has seen a backlog of orders, causing manufacturers to increase inventory to meet demand, resulting in a predicted over-supply of inventory in 2023. New shipping vessels were on order and half of the supply is expected to be delivered in 2023, resulting in shipping rates expected to decrease. Although there are still supply chain obstacles to overcome such as hurricanes, floods, and droughts, overall, the supply chain issues are expected to improve in 2023.

Vendors Will Consult More

According to another recent prediction by Gartner, "Through 2025, powerhouse cloud ecosystems will consolidate the vendor landscape by 30%, leaving customers with fewer choices and less control of their software destiny."[3] Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) vendors realize that their tools are mature and outdated, and lack trending functionalities, they will take a more active role in supporting clients' needs through innovation, speed to market, and additional training.

Cloud Location and Workload Optimization Increases

The IT landscape has become messy with enterprises utilizing a combination of data centers, colocation facilities, public clouds, and edge locations. As reliance on cloud and colocation grows, increased emphasis on cost, security, and physical location will drive the need for companies to re-think their data and IT strategies. Multi Cloud will be the focus in 2023 and beyond as organizations must place their workloads in strategic locations that focus on the desired outcomes.

Shifting Through Cloud Chaos

Most transitions aren't easy. We've seen massive shifts from private infrastructure to public clouds and back to private deployments. As the global economy continues to struggle, more chaotic shifts may occur. The key is a streamlined journey toward deploying or moving to the correct data center and colocation environment, securing data at all levels, from within a compliant data center and colocation facility to company data transmitted to/from remote workers, and cutting costs by focusing on data location, workload optimization, and automation.

Whatever concerns arise, ColoHouse is poised to help. We offer colocation, cloud, bare-metal, security, and other services spanning three continents. Plus, our IT infrastructure platform can manage necessary IT resources, freeing partner workloads and promoting a focus on other critical areas.




Scott joined ColoHouse as SVP Cloud Services, bringing over 20 years of leadership experience in the service provider industry and a history of creating, delivering, and growing cloud, cybersecurity, IT, and data center services. Scott is responsible for the creation, operation, and growth of enterprise cloud services for our current and future customers. Scott has been pivotal in growing startups and established companies such as Lume Technologies. Prior to Lume, Scott spent 14 years leading and scaling technology, operations, and sales teams at TierPoint. Scott holds CISM and CISSP certifications.

[1] Gartner: "Gartner Top 10 Strategic Predictions for 2023 and Beyond", December 2022

[2] Check Point Research: "Cyber Attacks Increased 50% Year over Year." December 2022

[3] Gartner: "Gartner Top 10 Strategic Predictions for 2023 and Beyond", December 2022

Published Thursday, January 19, 2023 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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