Top 5 Technology Trends for 2018

Top 5 Technology Trends for 2018

You don’t even have to be in tech to notice that IT is changing fast.

From the implementation of more efficient and secure systems to shifting power dynamics in the workplace, IT is poised for major transformation in the near future. Here is our list of 5 IT trends to keep an eye on.

1. Hybrid IT will endure, and so will its complexity

Although some small companies and startups can take advantage of cloud-only environments, the reality is that hybrid IT deployments will continue to be the norm moving forward for medium-to-large enterprises.

According to Riverbed CIO Rich Hillebrecht, while using the term ‘hybrid’ to describe any technology usually means something that is temporary and marked by phased adoption, in this context, ‘hybrid’ has much more staying power. ‘In fact, the increasing adoption of cloud computing is actually driving a parallel increase in the implementation [of the] hybrid enterprise model,’ he notes. 

This is a good thing if your only priority is having the kind of scalability, flexibility, and agility that aren’t easy to achieve with on-premises assets alone. On the other hand, a hybrid enterprise is complex to manage, and challenges like shadow IT, limited bandwidth, and slow SaaS application performance — among many others — give IT leaders constant fits.

The complexity inherent in a hybrid environment necessitates a new, end-to-end way of looking at the overall IT landscape. Companies like Riverbed are at the forefront of this new trend, developing optimization products like Riverbed® SteelHead™ to help untangle all the moving parts so enterprises can deliver on the promise of the hybrid era.

2. Leaders will demand adaptive security architectures

Security has been a long-standing concern for everyone in IT, and it will obviously continue to be one in the near future. However, the focus on network security is about to shift from prevention to monitoring.

Adaptive Security Architecture sits at number 7 on Gartner’s top 10 Strategic IT Trends, but we predict it will edge up even more in the coming year. Why? The traditional way of securing networks just isn’t working anymore. Multiple studies suggest that when administrators focus solely on blocking threats, it can end up taking months to detect a network intrusion that managed to get through the perimeter—as many cybercriminals, increasingly, manage to do.  

According to Gartner, ‘Relying on perimeter defense and rule-based security is inadequate, especially as organizations exploit more cloud-based services and open APIs for customers and partners to integrate with their systems. IT leaders must focus on detecting and responding to threats, as well as more traditional blocking and other measures to prevent attacks.’ That’s why ensuring greater network visibility should be on every IT leader’s to-do list.

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