2015: IoT gets real


1 January 2015

IoT gets real

While the IoT has been high on the media agenda for a while, it seems users are now beginning to accept it and vendors are delivering solutions that deliver on its promise. This will cause IT departments immense problems over the next 12-24 months. Service reliability and availability will be paramount. Users will expect always-on services and IT will be under scrutiny to deliver. - Don Williams, vice president, Asia Pacific, Veeam Software

Over 85 per cent of enterprises in Asia Pacific (APAC) believe that IoT solutions will be the most strategic technology initiative for themselves in a decade. APAC enterprises believe that IoT will change the way their businesses around the globe are managed, while empowering their enterprises with the needed intelligence about their internal operations so they can improve business processes and better serve customers. - Ryan Goh, vice president of sales, Zebra Technologies Asia Pacific 

Software-defined everything

With more than 20 billion connected devices by 2018, autonomic networking is fundamental to enable the network to support IoE (Internet of Everything). IT and OT (operational technology) will need to scale for the copious amounts of data. The push in simplifying the network will be through SDN (software-defined networking) and NFV (network functions virtualisation). - Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer, Cisco 

Software will re-define almost every industry in the coming years. Most of this software will be surfaced on mobile devices, but also in cars, aircraft engines and human beings. In order to retain their competitive edge, companies will need to innovate rapidly. This trend will largely impact Southeast Asia as well where storage arrays, servers, networks and entire data centers will be run and managed by smart software in the future. - Tom Zack, president, South East Asia, EMC Corporation

In 2015, we’re expecting to see SDN and NFV really take hold. Data centres will be software-defined with a high degree of virtualisation in workloads and applications at the edge/device level. The network of the future will be multiservice, multitenant, hardware-accelerated, and software-controlled. - Adam Judd, vice president for Asia Pacific, Brocade 

Agile programming of everything from applications to basic infrastructure is essential to enable organisations to deliver the flexibility required to make the digital business work. Software-defined networking, storage, data centers and security are maturing. Cloud services are software-configurable through API calls, and applications, too, increasingly have rich APIs to access their function and content programmatically. - David Cearley, vice president of Gartner and Gartner Fellow 

Towards a common infrastructure

10G connectivity over copper will definitely become more prevalent in the region as enterprises here strive to implement a single common infrastructure that can support both in-building wireless systems and cellular network coverage within buildings in addition to supporting traditional voice, video and data applications. - Ispran “Ish” Kandasamy, vice president, enterprise, Asia Pacific, Commscope

Ubiquitous access

Business users will have even more aggressive requirements for ubiquitous access to applications and data than consumers, and this pressure will drive IT leaders to re-think their availability models. Network agility and reliability will come under the spotlight as virtualisation continues to gather momentum, but availability will become a strategic concern to business leaders. Legacy attitudes will change - no longer will recovery time or point objectives (RTO or RPO) of hours or days be acceptable - instead, IT will be expected to deliver RTPO of minutes. - Don Williams, vice president, Asia Pacific, Veeam Software

Virtualised workspaces

Virtualised 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. However, this added flexibility for users will inevitably put greater strain on core infrastructures and companies will need to make sure they have the right networks in place in order to free their employees. - Adam Judd, vice president for Asia Pacific, Brocade