IT infrastructure is a crucial component of every modern business. But today IT isn’t only about data centers and servers. It has expanded its role to encompass many areas of expertise.
AI, Serverless, 5G and More
If we look into our crystal ball, it’s clear that over the next couple of years, we’ll see the effects of the expanding IT roles. With more emphasis on security and the cloud, here are some of the key trends in IT infrastructure to look out for:
Today when you use the cloud, you pay for IT infrastructure resources such as servers, storage space, databases and more. But with serverless computing, you don’t have to worry about these resources. You are charged only for the code execution. Developers can build applications faster without worrying about IT infrastructure.
You’ll write your code and let it run on the serverless platform on the cloud. And your cloud provider will charge you for the resources that were used for executing the code.
As more developers move to serverless computing, the landscape of IT infrastructure will change dramatically. It will decrease setup times and maintenance costs. As a result, businesses will have more time and resources for their core competencies.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI is getting better every day and researchers are developing new tools. IT infrastructure managers can take advantage of these tools to improve their processes.
For example, IT groups can use AI for tasks like predictive analysis or failure detection. It will help IT teams handle larger infrastructures without investing in a lot of human resources. It can help them optimize the use of hardware and software to bring costs down.
Multi-cloud and Hybrid Cloud
Businesses are becoming aware that cloud computing can lead to vendor lock-ins. It can result in higher prices without any additional benefits.
So, instead of using a single cloud provider, businesses are using multiple clouds or multi-cloud solutions. Other organizations are taking the hybrid cloud path. They are dividing their workloads among public cloud and on-premises data centers.
In the coming years, IT will continue to use multi-cloud and hybrid cloud solutions to increase the reliability of their infrastructures.
Edge computing allows businesses to store their valuable information closer to the customer or the “edge,” decreasing latency.
All of the major cloud providers such as AWS, Google Cloud and Azure are implementing edge computing to serve customers for applications like IoT or web services. This will guarantee better connectivity for data-hungry applications.
The coming 5G technology will deeply impact the IT Infrastructure industry, opening new business opportunities and creating new disruptions. Businesses will try to keep up with the changes. The trend will be towards trying to figure out the solutions that will work in the new fast-paced data-intensive environments. Read more on Instor’s take on 5G here.
DevOps (development + operations) has been dominating IT infrastructure conversations for quite a few years. However, the prevalence of cybersecurity threats has created a need for DevSecOps (development + security + operations).
DevSecOps promotes the incorporation of security features at every stage of the product. The implementation of transparent processes for development, security and operations leads to higher quality products.
The IT infrastructure industry is continuously evolving. Therefore, it’s important for data center and IT managers to keep track of what changes can affect their bottom lines. The current trends in cloud, network and operations will dictate the IT infrastructure of the future.