Trends Every IT Architect Needs to Know to Get Ahead in 2017
The start of 2017 has come and gone. Many things have changed, while some things remain the same. A perfect case in point is the mounting pressure facing today’s IT architects, which comes from a variety of sources.
Security breaches and cyber threats, for example, are on the rise, while budgets remain tight. Just as important, movement of existing workloads into the cloud continues to increase, as does deployment of new workloads into the cloud—whether public, private or hybrid. With the cloud promising to redefine enterprise computing to help establish IT as a critical facilitator of business growth, it’s no wonder the cloud’s popularity is on the rise. But for IT architects, dealing with the cloud’s proliferation, while also working to enable greater agility and performance so that superior services can be delivered to the business, is no easy task.
Some of today’s emerging IT trends aim to bring those goals closer into focus, while others will only complicate matters. All, however, promise to play a key role in the ongoing evolution of the cloud. In this first installment of a two-part blog, we’ll take a closer look at five of the top 10 trends every IT architect should have on his or her radar in 2017.
1. Increased Adoption of Containers
Containers continue to be a hot topic of discussion in the IT world. This year will be no different, in part because of the many benefits they offer. This year, the discussion will evolve to focus more on containerization and microservices—a pervasive architecture for developing scalable software systems.
Running microservices on containers makes product development more agile and efficient, but it also makes product deployment and operation agile as well. That’s why many point to microservices as the solution for quickly updating, scaling and adjusting cloud infrastructure to meet changing business and customer needs. It’s also why containers are expected to become a key tool for application developers. However, this vision will only become a reality if the infrastructure and operations support to run containers is in place, and if appropriate workload management (e.g., orchestration and automation) is used.
2. Growth of the IoT
These days market research firms project the number of connected IoT devices will reach 20 to 30 billion by the year 2020. Any way you cut it, that’s a lot of devices and it’s sure to put a hefty strain on existing IT infrastructure. That means that in 2017, IT architects will have to give some serious thought to how exactly they plan to manage those IoT devices, whether they’re used by employees in the office environment or by customers interacting with the business on a grander scale.
Moving forward, IT architects will need to address the impact of the IoT on a number of fronts, including: increased network complexity and resource demand, competing IoT ecosystems, emerging standards, and which platforms/specifications to utilize for their IoT implementation. End-point security also has to be addressed, perhaps by using an adaptive security architecture with flexible security measures in place to protect the business’s information.