The future of IT will be multi-service, multi-tenant

Posted on November 3, 2014 09:57 am

Contador Harrison predicts that 2015 will see East African region witness fundamental changes in the IT industry, driven by enterprises shifting to outsourcing. This year has largely been marked by a number of potentially historic technological innovations. From smart sunglasses to connected wrist watches, this year has seen technologies first conceptualized in science fiction becoming reality. These achievements have shown that our appetite for innovation remains as strong as ever, and that our world is becoming ever more dependent on the networks underpinning these technologies. The rise of the New Internet Protocol will see new compute models such as mobile, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things and this will in turn lead to a major shift in networking. Legacy networks, built on apparently-open-but-proprietary protocols and designed for non-mission critical applications, will start adapting to these new technological trends and the new IP based on the principles of openness and scalability while being software-driven and hardware-optimized.

Since 2012, I’ve seen Software-Defined Networking SDN and NFV become firmly established as the future of network infrastructures. Those unaware, SDN lets network administrators to separate control from hardware while NFV substitutes routers, firewalls and load balances with software running on standard servers. I have already seen some early adopters taking advantage of these technologies. In Finland and other technologically advanced countries, industry is rapidly shifting toward open and open source technologies, while in Australia data centres are now software-defined with a high degree of virtualization in workloads and applications at the edge and device level.The network of the future will be multi-service, multi-tenant meaning that software application serves multiple customers, hardware-accelerated, and software-controlled. This is expected to be aided by growing momentum around open standards. No doubt industry needs to align an enterprise’s infrastructure strategy with its business requirements; customers must be free to choose the solutions that meets their specific need, regardless of which vendor builds them. Understandably, open and interoperable standards are likely to rise in popularity throughout next year as customers opt for greater choice and flexibility.

Since last year, I saw the Internet of Things begin to truly take shape and this trend is set to rapidly increase next year. Businesses will need to brace themselves to cope with an ever-growing network of connected devices generating and accessing data. Plenty of these connected technologies will be brought into existing corporate or public networks, making investments in the underlying infrastructure essential. Data traffic is also evolving to become more unstructured and organizations may soon require greater flexibility and dynamic control to manage the Internet of Things. Research shows that in Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, United Kingdom and China, employees need more flexibility and, with budgets set to remain tight for the foreseeable future, companies in those countries according to studies are looking for ways to meet user demands and boost productivity. Next year, I predict that it will likely see virtual networking becoming more mainstream as companies look to resolve its employee needs by introducing virtualized workspaces. Virtualized workspaces offer an opportunity for employees to have the same working experience regardless of their location or device, giving users greater freedom and, in turn, increasing productivity for the business.

Contador Harrison