4 new storage and security developments to expect in 2016

We’re calling it – in the tech industry, people are done accepting yesterday’s status quo. Companies are addressing once-broken IT processes, rather than taking them for granted. End users and vendors alike are looking for solutions that break ground and upend the tired space. Technologies that were recently stagnant, such as security that focuses only on endpoints and storage systems that don’t offer visibility into data, are becoming obsolete.

Moving into 2016, this rejection of the norm and hope for the future will only continue to grow, and we’re ready to see how it will shape industry news. Below are some of our top predictions for the next year:

Security will become a requirement at every level of the IT stack. 

It’s no longer sufficient to protect your company’s endpoints and call it a day. Sooner or later, your data will suffer a breach, and you won’t be able to stop it once it starts. To protect your team, your reputation and your bottom line, you need to build protection into every layer of your IT infrastructure: networks, applications, endpoints and storage. As pervasive security becomes the norm, companies will work to gain visibility into their data, take a “zero trust” approach to their data protection strategies and raise the bar for the precautions employees need to take when interacting with sensitive information.

New investments will pour into big data.

Big data was a hot topic in 2015, but most companies have been using big data tools in one way or another for 20 to 25 years. Unfortunately, most of the solutions applied to the effort are the same age, despite the major shifts that have taken root in the technology industry in the last quarter century.

In the next year, people will stray from the so-called tried-and-true analytics solutions they previously relied on and invest in new technologies that deal with modern complex data stores. Organizations are recognizing they need to glean insights from their data, while ensuring that any technology they use adheres to security and compliance best practices.

Companies will get a handle on their unstructured data – or at least begin the process.

IT teams have been sinking under the weight of their unstructured data for years – but in 2016, you can expect to see forward-thinking companies coming up for air. Unstructured data can create high storage costs, complex environments and major security risks if it’s left unmanaged. The coming year will see a number of organizations seeking a better forensic understanding of their unstructured data, and devoting equal efforts and budgets to both unstructured and structured assets. 

Major vendors in the tech industry will continue to consolidate.

There were a slew of merger and acquisition (M&A) announcements in 2015, including mega-mergers such as Dell acquiring EMC and Western Digital acquiring SanDisk. These developments will set the tone for continued consolidation activity in 2016. The actions are more than a trend; they’re a survival tactic on behalf of legacy IT providers looking to adapt to a changing landscape.

What changes do you expect to see from the enterprise tech space in 2016? Share them on Twitter with @DataGravityInc.

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Jeff Boehm

Jeff Boehm

Jeff Boehm was the vice president of marketing at DataGravity for 2 years. Jeff brought more than 20 years of experience with a rare combination of marketing skills, organizational leadership and technical background to DataGravity, having shaped the BI and search markets working for industry pioneers and disrupters.