by Paul Rudo on 19/12/10 at 7:51 pm
Philip Lieberman, president of Lieberman Software
In-house and internal threats will be a big element of 2011 as organizations begin to understand that anti-virus/malware/phishing software is no longer effective.
There will be an epiphany that critical infrastructure is under constant attack and that there is a serious need to implement more comprehensive security software, security perimeters, data loss prevention and human assets to counter the existing and expanding security threats.
This will translate to a significant uptick in the need for modernization of infrastructure and enhanced education in human resources to implement these systems.
In the coming year, companies will “get” that the insider threat is real and that their existing methodologies of using weak passwords, sharing privileged passwords, never changing root passwords, will lead to greater financial losses and damage to their reputation.
IT will finally “get” that the concept of segregation of duties, controls and regulatory compliance is not a burden, but a requirement for a well run organization.
Colleen Monroe, Corporate Communications Manager at Rackspace Hosting
2011 will be the year when enterprises begin truly adopting the cloud. Cloud computing adoption has been growing rapidly and one of the newest models of interest is hybrid hosting.
Hybrid hosting is catching the eye of organizations looking to combine the scalability and cost benefits of the cloud with the uptime, support and security of dedicated hosting. “Enterprise adoption” will happen in two streams.
First is on-premise adoption which is all about the private cloud. The second stream is the public cloud, where adoption will start in earnest.
Peter Semmelhack, founder and CEO of Bug Labs
In 2011, executives will recognize the value of open source product innovation. Open source is already a fixture in the developer community, but is poised to now be embraced by managers and product strategists.
When used together, open hardware and software can substantially accelerate product innovation timelines and reduce costs.
Companies in a range of industries are racing to capitalize on the opportunity created by the demand for Internet-connected devices, or the ‘Internet of Things,’ which are coming online faster than new human subscribers to mobile networks.
By the end of 2011, open source will have helped many companies bring Internet-connected devices to market faster and cheaper.
Josh Goldstein – VP of Marketing for Cirtas
Forget all the hype about “the cloud” from 2010. 2011 will be the year where meaningful enterprise deployments with measureable ROI become prevalent.
One example is cloud storage, where scalable, robust, on-demand services from several credible providers exist, and can now be easily accessed using cloud storage controller technology that makes the experience of using the cloud as seamless as using local storage arrays, but with unique new capabilities such as inherent near-CDP style data protection.
In 2011 these types of cloud enabling technologies along with increasing CIO awareness of how to leverage the cloud, will allow the cloud to cross-over from concept to powerful business enabler.
Jim Lippie is president of Thrive Networks (Staples Advantage)
Cloud computing will continue to become more mature and will be increasingly adopted by SMBs. This is due to the fact that there has been a lot of education about how to design an IT infrastructure around the cloud and about cloud based applications. The cloud also offers good alternatives to automate the backup process, and it is critical for every business to have a backup plan.
TABLETS FOR BUSINESS
The security functionality around these devices has gotten stronger which makes it more feasible to deploy for business. Tablet computing (for example the iPad) will play a bigger part in the daily business landscape.
You will see a trend towards managed firewalls since it is becoming harder and harder for businesses to keep up with the multitude of security updates. The technology has become very functional in terms of security and bandwidth which has resulted in the need to outsource management.
Pat O’Day, co-founder and CTO of Blueclock
Just as consumer demands forced Apple to give birth to the iTunes Store, many companies desire a consumer electronics-style experience for their business needs.
Enter cloud-based application stores, where an enterprise can purchase, download and deploy business applications in their cloud environment. The parallels between music and cloud computing and are erringly similar when it comes to format (mp3 vs. OVF), enabler (mp3 player vs. virtualization), and the delivery system (network vs. cloud).
Google has already launched Google Apps Marketplace, an online store selling enterprises business applications that integrate with and extend Google Apps, and the U.S. Government has already launched their Apps.gov, a GSA-operated Web site that government agencies can use to buy and deploy cloud computing applications.
While it might not be in full operation in 2011, we will see the emergence of cloud stores.
Scott Archibald at Bender Consulting
THE CONSUMERIZATION OF IT WILL CONTINUE TO ACCELERATE: Smartphones and cloud computing will be the key driver for this trend.
Personal smartphones will inevitably continue to find their way into the business world — something will need to be addressed by IT departments and organizations.
We’ll also continue to see departments and individuals engaging in shadow IT projects or individual projects outsourced to the cloud due to low price points and accessibility.
Holly Hagerman – Public Relations representative for F5 Networks
The biggest trend for the business computing environment in 2011 will be the transition of traditional desktop PCs into “virtual desktops”.
The key driver of this trend is the increase of employees using smartphones, tablet PCs, Facebook, Twitter and smartphones to be more productive. Virtual desktop solutions replace traditional desktop and laptop PCs with thin clients, giving users access to applications and services from centrally managed servers in the data center. Employees will have the ability to work from wherever they are, using whatever device they’re on.
What is amazing is that Gartner predicts the virtual desktop market will grow to be a massive $65.7 billion market by 2013 and that virtual desktops will MAKE UP 40% OF THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL PC market.
For virtual desktop solutions to succeed, IT’s challenge is to ensure that these solutions perform well and are scalable, reliable, and secure. This trend is having a huge impact on organizations and the design of their data centers.
Thomas Christel CMO / International Channels Yooplus
In 2011, “collaboration” will be the word of the day, with a huge adoption curve of Enterprise Social Networks going mainstream in American businesses. That includes both inward facing (employees/management) and outward facing (customers, partners, etc.)
Nicola Sanna, President of Netuitive
Virtualization and cloud computing are fueling a new breed of IT systems management solutions. The conventional monitoring and management tools that rely on rules-based approaches are no longer viable in the inherently dynamic virtualized environments.
In 2011, look for automated predictive analytic software platforms to go mainstream. These products use mathematical correlation, rather than human guesswork to understand and anticipate performance. This software will also provide the self-learning intelligence that delivers on the promise of autonomics, especially in heterogeneous multi platform, multi vendor enterprise environments.