Enterprise Hosted VoIP Trends Forecast: A Look Ahead

Enterprise Hosted VoIP Trends Forecast: A Look Ahead

In the past decade, the technological, as well as economic factors driving the business implementation of Hosted VoIP, have changed in the great flare. The Voice over Internet Protocol surrounding enterprise market is estimated to experience continual growth and will aid in generating big revenues for small to midsize businesses (SMBs).

With the growth in VoIP implementations flexibility, integration, and customization, its relevance in the marketplace is also evolving at a rapid pace. The year of action—2016 and coming years will highlight the significant VoIP trends. Here are top 5 key trends that will shape industry today and beyond:

Hosted VoIP Cloud PBXs

Lower costs, overall scalability, faster broadband speeds and increased flexibility are the key traits that best describes the Hosted enterprise VoIP solutions. With cloud-based PBX systems, enterprises get complete functionality as of on-premises PBX. Additionally, they receive extra control over advanced call management and can add an array of Unified Communications (UC) features. You can also customize it as per your requirement.

Hosted VoIP Contact Centers

To run business, implement & monitor vital processes and drive improved communications & performance, the cloud-based Hosted Contact Centers are a cost-effective way in relation to the peers. The Hosted Contact Centers provide flexibility to streamline communications, lower cost and enhance accessibility to clients. Regardless of the size, whether you are a new start-up small business, maturing Enterprise or a mid-market business, you can experience benefits including reliability, scalability, routable calling and services to reduced calling rates.

More Integration with Cloud-based VoIP products

The multi-tasking workforce is a driving force that strives to instantaneously complete as many tasks as possible, via minimum tools. This trend ensures more integration with cloud-based platforms and products using APIs and also helps for integration with CRM tools, Accounting Systems, Help Desk programs, and Contact Center. VoIP is and will continue to be an integral part of marketing, shared calendars, and social media tools for numerous monitoring purposes and enterprise device management. This trend will certainly assist you in meeting requisite productivity goals.

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Internet of Things (IoT)

A leading research firm has predicted that by 2020, nearly 26 billion “things” will connect/reside on the Internet. IoT will allow you to connect anything with an on/off switch to each other and to the internet. In near future, the VoIP will play a vital role in the Smart Home via its VoIP-enabled phones that can control smart thermostats home security and lighting.

The VoIP will be the key device for the Smart Office. The enterprise VoIP phones let you customize the hoteling environment and standby desk space for mobile employees that usually roam in a home, main office, client sites and satellite offices.

Convergence of VoIP and UC via Collaboration Solutions

VoIP and UC converge to make collaboration apps and services like live-chat more readily available and this merger is likely to overtake use of e-mail within enterprises in the near future. There will be trends that will help in combining team video-conferencing alongside live chat, eliminating the need of back and forth email chains and eventually result in enabling enhanced productivity.

These collaboration trends are being pushed by Web Real-Time Communication (Web RTC) standard. With the Web RTC standard, you can directly enable voice and video calling from the browser via embedded coding along with data sharing without any browser plug-ins, add-ons or apps. Some of the leading organizations such as Microsoft are enabling back-end Skype interoperability and popular browsers like Opera and Google Chrome.

The basic building block— Enterprise VoIP usage, is developing, thriving and will evolve in years to come for voice services.

Tracking the Most Impactful Data Management Trends Continued

Tracking the Most Impactful Data Management Trends Continued

In our previous blog, we discussed some of the dramatic shifts that have come in the field of data management and are driving business decisions. We will continue to track a few more of these trends in this discussion too:

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Storage becomes an area of focus for enterprises

Until a few years back, storage was probably the most overlooked areas of enterprise management, with disk drives running in the back of data centers. But today, as more & more enterprises shape their infrastructures’ capabilities, they are dealing with ever expanding data stores. Everything from machine-generated data to that pouring in from social media is being utilized for business analytics that help in understanding the consumer base better and thus drive some prominent business decisions.

In fact, many enterprises are working on the concept of ‘data lakes’ wherein the data can be stored in its rawest form and accessed as and when needed. In the coming future, we will see ‘smart’ storage and not the trend of simply adding more disk capacity to store loads & loads of data. Tiered storage, data compression and information lifecycle management are some of the smart storage solutions which are already being put to use by the leading organizations.

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More emphasis on automation of data management

In most of the organizations, data professionals witness their resources and time being squeezed between managing the huge & diverse data stores in restricted budgets and meeting increased user demands at the same time. This calls for a need to automate the data storage processes so that the database professionals do not need to spend a major share of their time in managing database life cycles. With more & more enterprises entering cloud environments, enterprise-wide testing becomes all the more crucial. To take care of everything from additional hardware to network costs, licensing costs, administration costs and added complexity, automation is a time, resource and cost saving alternative.

Data Managers to initiate drives for securing corporate data

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With more & more instances of data breaches coming into limelight, the CIOs and top executives have become more concerned about the need for securing their sensitive corporate data. Data governance issues have become more crucial owing to the rise in Big Data and cloud as both of these require complex integration, accessibility and multi-device compatibility. This scenario calls for an initiative on part of the database administrators and security professionals to work in harmony to ensure maximum data privacy, regulatory compliance and protection against insider threats. There has been a heightened awareness about the imperative need for locking down data environments and budgetary support for business data security and this is likely to remain so in the future as well.

We see this year as one representing new opportunities for expanding data management practices to meet the ever-growing needs of enterprises that have become totally or partially digital. Streamlined data management practices will definitely result in meeting the business goals faster and reaching new markets more promptly.

Top Database Management Trends

Top Database Management Trends

Like all other fields, technological trends also change with every season, with new upgrades being introduced into the markets from time to time. While some trends emerge as flavor-of-the-month fads other remain strong for months and considerably influence enterprise-level strategies. Database Management is among the core processes for any business- be it big or small. Businesses have come a long way from the conventional database management systems and are fast adopting the latest, cloud-based technologies to managed silos of data pouring in from all directions. Since the relevance of insight derived from business data cannot be overlooked, it becomes imperative to study the latest trends in Database Management and how can an organization derive the best benefits out of these.

Trend 1: Database Management Systems bridging SQL/NoSQL – becoming more relevant

These days, database products are not expected to embrace a single database structure but rely on a combination of SQL and NoSQL. This gives the users an opportunity to leverage the best of capabilities offered by both. For instance, such products can allow users to access a NoSQL database with as much ease as a relational database.

Trend 2: Platform as a Service to Remain Strong in the Cloud Horizon
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Developers are constantly pushing enterprises to the cloud, but some of them are in the middle of weighing the trade-offs of a public and private cloud. A strategy has to be chalked out for meshing cloud services with the infrastructure and applications that the enterprise is already using. You need not change your organizational priorities but find the right combination of products and services that help you in meeting organizational goals faster and with more efficiency. If an organization is able to choose the right cloud combination than it can derive both operational and cost efficiencies by using Platform as a Service.

Trend 3: Automated Database Management is going to be Big

Automating data management is rapidly gaining popularity and is likely to become the focus of both small and large enterprises. Automated management of databases allows simplification of maintenance, provisioning, upgrades, and patching. In fact, the project workflow becomes much simpler as you can derive useful insights from business data without spending much time and money. However, since database management is a complex process, we are not ruling out the need for human intervention from time to time.

Trend 4: Security to Remain the Main Area of Focus

Data security cannot be regarded as a trend as such, but recent instances of database breaches in US-based organizations have shifted more attention to the need for security and compliance. Database administrators need to work in-sync with IT security staff to ensure that sensitive data remains safe – whether it is on the cloud or on-premises. Database administrators need to eliminate all internal weaknesses that make data vulnerable and more susceptible to attacks by taking care of network privileges and software or hardware misconfigurations that could be misused to leak valuable data.

We bring to you updates on the latest industry trends so that you can make meaningful use of them in your existing operations. It is the prerogative of the decision makers to utilize this information for enhancing security and deciding on priorities. After gaining insights from the latest industry trends, you can prepare your workforce for the future challenges.

Predicting the Top 6 Technology Trends for This Year

We are almost three and a half months in 2016 and the time is ripe to make predictions for the most likely technology trends that are going to dominate the coming months. So, if you are wondering where are the software defined networking (SDN), switches, routers and WiFi headed, then here are our predictions:

Conventional SMB WiFi Routers Will Face Disruption —

Google’s initial OnHub router continues to make improvements, promising a better WiFi experience at home. Small business router markets and high-end consumers have long complained about lack of innovation. Some of the companies that had earlier stumbled with MSPs in the SMB market are likely to position enhanced routers as consumer market disrupters. For instance, AVG Technologies initiative to position its Chime WiFi router and Datto’s attempt to reinvent the SMB router market with its Datto Network Appliance (DNA) for WiFi enhancement.

Expansion of Open Source Networking to Continue —

Open source controllers such as OpenDaylight, Ryu and Open Network Operating System (ONOS) are likely to grab headlines. Along with NBI, projects related to Linux networking like the IO Visor are also likely to gain more acceptance.

RMM To Focus More on Networking —

With the PC and server management market becoming more saturated, Remote Monitoring and Management companies will double down on the networking layer, incorporating more evolved platforms to manage communication channels between on-premises, cloud and mobile systems. Along with the new players in the market, established RMM players will also make every possible effort to make their network more reliable.

Re-emergence of Network of Networks —

There was a time before the Internet became ‘one network’ for all users. This was during the 1990s when corporate networks were created by linking various departmental networks. This mindset was replaced by the Web over the years but with the re-emergence of platforms like IBX and Equinix, the network of networks is likely to rise again.

Yet New Definition of the Broadband-

As against the 4Mbps down and 1Mbps, FCC considers the broadband to be 25Mbps down and 3Mbps now. However, the progress is not likely to halt here as multiple trends – from sensors to wearable devices and Internet of Things will make the broadband available to us today look no more than a narrowband in the future. The users will not refrain from paying ‘slightly more’ for better connection speeds.

SMBs will Not Get Affected by SDN disconnect —

There are only a select few Small and Medium size organizations who are familiar with or are using Software Defined Networking. Others are still unaware and are likely to stay disconnected from SDN. Across the SMB segment, it is actually the service providers who leverage this technology by deploying the network in their data center.

Apart from these pre-dominant trends there are a few others which will impact the tech market in the future. For instance, Facebook’s Wedge Switch is expected to jump to 100G performance this year and the company is making every possible effort to build its own data centers at a rapid pace. Also, do look out for the Cisco Spark collaboration launch which is going to be quite big this year!

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SD WAN vs MPLS- Which One is the Better Option to Choose?

SD WAN vs MPLS- Which One is the Better Option to Choose?

Most IT managers are faced with the dilemma of choosing from MPLS or SD-WAN as both the technologies come with their own set of pros and cons. While many people were claiming that the internet is the future of WAN networks like all other things, there are some inherent strengths of MPLS network that cannot be ignored. Our analysis of MPLS leads to four key areas that include- network security offered through isolation, carrier managed site-to-site connectivity, availability and delivery of the reliable packet, and the quality of service offered.

Apart from these key areas, IT managers need to take into account the price, performance and practical impact of the network too before making a final decision. Let us compare both networks by evaluating these crucial aspects:

Comparing Reliability and Availability of Packet Delivery

MPLS has always been regarded as more reliable in terms of packet delivery and this has been its biggest USP. It implies that MPLS is less susceptible to packet loss allowing you to meet real-time protocols like virtual desktops, VoIP and video conferencing without any substantial loss of quality. Since MPLS networks are largely shared infrastructures, issues of packages being dropped may arise due to congestion as multiple users are competing for bandwidth and router processing. However, the drop rate in MPLS network is around 0.1% to 1% while the Internet is likely to experience packet loss of more than 1% or so. To offer additional security, MPLS providers sign a Service Level Agreement for the percentage of packets that might be dropped during a given period while there is no such provision in case of Internet connections since it is an unmanaged network without any SLAs.

Your MPLS provider is most likely to provide you with a COS/QOS bucket where you can put critical traffic to ensure its delivery on high priority basis. In a case of SD-WAN, there is no QOS for crucial traffic and hence no guarantee of packet delivery. However, total Internet blackouts are a rare occurrence owing to the density of interconnections. Intermittent slowdowns are more common phenomena that can be taken care of by choosing two Internet links from two different providers.

Providing you take varied paths onto the Internet, this will ensure 99.99% availability of packet. You can measure per-packet loss for each link and choose the one that has a minimal loss, redirecting all traffic to that link. These days Forward Error Correction tools are also available to rescue that lost data by rebuilding the lost packet. FEC ensures consistent delivery of the packets irrespective of the losses on a particular WAN link.

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Comparing Prices- Which One Allows Lower Costs?

MPLS is a bit on the pricier side with business users paying even twice or thrice the price for a network as compared to their Internet DSL. In fact, a survey by Telegeography indicated that Internet bandwidth could be 90 percent lower than that of MPLS. The cost, however, also depends on the COS of MPLS provider. But there is always a provision of discounts and other leverages offered by the MPLS services which bring the difference to as close as 30%. We would not say that the difference of thirty percent is not significant but the savings you incur with SD-WAN do come with their own baggage.

Analyzing Security of SD-WAN and MPLS

With unique labels attached to the packets, IT managers have always considered MPLS to be more secure. Owing to the unique labels, only MPLS nodes looking at that tag are in a position to read the packets while there is no such provision in case of an internet based service. You need a strong protocol like IPSec and additional firewalls to secure the traffic on SD-WAN. There have been indications of MPLS carriers sharing data with the government. Also, the data sent around such networks is not encrypted until you decide to do so yourself. When it comes to SD-WAN, you can always establish VPNs across the internet. So, the organizations looking for an additional level of security should choose MPLS but for most organizations, VP security is certainly more than enough.

Is Connectivity from Site-to-Site a Game Changer?

Secured SD-WAN networkMany IT managers have over the years relied on MPLS for site-to-site connectivity owing to the simplicity of the connection, as everything from line delivery to parameter configuration is handled by the service provider. If we talk about the internet, the process is a bit complex because the onus of configuration lies with your IT department.

However, SD-WAN is much quicker than MPLS services. The IT department needs to place a network device at the remote site and connect it to the existing VPN infrastructure. Then a simple configuration of other sites is required to communicate with the device. This process can either be manual or automated and comes with implicit security. As we have already discussed that provisioning an MPLS line does not take into account all the security measures.

A Quick Glance at the Performance of MPLS and SD-WAN

MPLS is accredited with lower latency and packet loss and better uptimes because it is a managed service. The routing policies are designed for maximum performance and all performance attributes are backed with SLAs. There is less strife for backbone bandwidth as MPLS service has a lower over-subscription ratio in the access layer as compared to an Internet service.

SD-WAN lacks Service Level Agreements and management but the performance of Internet backbone performance has witnessed an upswing due to shift to fiber and more undersea cables in the past few years. Still, spikes in a loss in cases of local loop performance are common in SD-WAN connections. Moreover, internet routing is designed as per the business requirements of the service provider which may not necessarily align with customer requirements.

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Businesses today need agile systems that deliver prompt results with an increased level of efficiency. Considering this, internet with SD-WAN has a definitive advantage over MPLS because it is faster, globally available and can be accessed at a tenth of MPLS costs. If you have made up your mind to choose Internet and SD-WAN, do ensure to invest in a symmetric Internet connection in order to simplify the setup of QOS. To avoid congestion it is advisable to order two lines from two different Internet providers. For running real-time protocols like voice, video or VDI, make sure that there is ample provision for avoiding packet loss and VPN and encryption are built-in. SD-WAN can also assist in making some considerable CAPEX savings by swapping all equipment present in your branches for a single appliance. However, it is too early to say that SD-WAN is the perfect MPLS substitute since it is still in a very early adopter’s phase.

Endpoint and Remote Management Monitoring Shift the Focus of Managed Services

Endpoint and Remote Management Monitoring Shift the Focus of Managed Services

With the rapidly increasing demand for cloud-based services, Managed Service Providers are making prudent use of Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) services to fulfill the demands of their diverse client base. Focus on managing endpoints has also increased over the past few years. As per Autotask 2015 Managed Services Market Study conducted by Decision Tree Labs, almost 62% of the Managed Service Providers are managing around 100 to 2,500 endpoints and these numbers are likely to rise in the near future. So, almost 54% of MSPs will be shifting their focus to the management of endpoints.

As the security and reliability requirements of clients continue to become more complex with proliferation of devices and endpoints, MSPs need to dedicate a considerable amount of time in managing these more effectively. The competition in the managed-service market is ultimately proving to be extremely beneficial for the end-users as they are getting excellent services at competitive prices.

Security and Productivity Applications at the Forefront of MSP’s Offerings

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Almost 40% of the revenue of Managed Service Providers is generated through networking and projects, with backup & recovery being the topmost potential revenue earner. Clients these days are also looking for security and productivity applications from their MSP. When you are offering remote monitoring and endpoint management as a service, keep in mind that these are the two most critical criteria based upon which the client has opted for your service. Any loopholes in this regard are likely to drive patrons away, perhaps making them choose the offerings of your rival.

The quality of service of a MSP is also judged by his ability to deliver to every endpoint irrespective of the network complexity, the location or the device used. So, it becomes essential to provide scalable endpoint management along with other cloud-related services to meet the ever evolving needs of the clients and emerge as a valuable partner for them.

Ensure Safety of Cloud Computing Solutions on Choosing SaaS

Ensure Safety of Cloud Computing Solutions on Choosing SaaS

With the ever-increasing pace of businesses, organizations are rapidly moving to the Cloud to stay at par with their competitors. This has led to many companies adopting Software as a Service. Although this move comes with a bundle of benefits, you need to be doubly sure that your service provider is meeting the security needs as well. The major apprehensions regarding SaaS model are related to lack of visibility about the manner in which the data is going to be stored and secured. While architecting SaaS applications, the following security considerations need to be kept in mind to ensure complete safety of sensitive data:

Get the Basics Right- Start by Choosing the correct SaaS provider

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Since a huge share of cloud-based software, security is handed over to the SaaS provider, it becomes imperative to choose one wisely. It is always better to opt for services that ensure password-protection and limited access to sensitive data. Any sort of data encryption facility is an add-on. Before signing the contract, enquire about where the data is going to be stored and what are the backup & recovery provisions. Ask for references and get in touch with the customers that your vendor has served previously to get a thorough reality check. You can also investigate the vendor’s responses to security-related incidents in the past for greater clarity.

Draft an Unambiguous Cloud Computing Policy

This policy is intended to specify who all are authorized to access the software and for what purposes. You can manage the way employees access the software and pre-define the circumstances under which this can be done. For instance, you can specify it in the Cloud Computing Policy that whether you wish to allow users to access the system using their personal laptops or mobile devices.

Refrain from Putting Highly Sensitive Data onto the System

Most of the organizations opt for cloud-based SaaS to allow integration of applications and ensuring a centralized user experience for different functions. Still, it is not recommended to put highly sensitive data, including personal or proprietary, to be shifted entirely onto the system. It is always better to store ultra-sensitive data on your local server.

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Security Controls Should be Monitored Regularly

It is crucial to audit the security controls from time to time, in order to prevent security breaches. SaaS audits can be performed according to different standards according to the type of application you are using. You can ask the vendor to hire a trustworthy third party to perform the audit and provide you with the results. In addition, you can have a small internal audit team to monitor software implementations on a regular basis.

Take Ample Internet Security Measures

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The SaaS provider has the primary responsibility of providing data security but you still need to be cautious at your end. Standard internet security measures like deploying an antivirus software and sufficiently strong passwords are a bare minimum requirement from your side. Apart from this, you can ask the vendor to take ample measures for protection against system virus and cyber attacks. A good measure is ensuring that a tested copy of your systems is held in isolation from your live systems to prevent potential virus infection. This can be done through a third party provider who can guarantee complete isolation of your live systems.

Also, in the case of a cyber attack, your SaaS provider’s bandwidth might get restricted, rendering your IT systems unavailable for months too. You can ensure that this does not happen with your firm by having a secondary means of running your system on an independent platform.

To leverage the many benefits offered by SaaS providers you need to be a bit diligent on your part for adequate protection of the ‘cloud’ and preventing any unplanned interruptions to the business.

Tracking the Most Impactful Data Management Trends

Business world today is driven by an insatiable demand for IT services as well as data insights due to the increase in new formats and sources of data. This has led to the organizations embracing new technologies like Cloud, Big Data and Database as a Service (DBaaS). Mobile, social media and cloud platforms are playing a pivotal role in helping the organizations to provide differentiated products and services to their patrons. In such a scenario, we found it imperative to predict the most impactful trends in the field of data management:

Big Data to be a Part of Everyday Business Functions

There was a time when organizations struggled to cost-effectively capture, manage, store and analyze data coming in from various sources, primarily due to lack of proper infrastructure. Big Data pouring in from social media, applications and mobile devices also fell under this category. However, as NoSQL databases and Hadoop are becoming more mainstream, organizations are finding management of Big Data much easier and utilizing insights derived from it in their day to day operations.

According to a recent database trends survey, 26% applications readers are running Hadoop within their enterprises as compared to a mere 12% usage 3 years back.

Database as a Service to Emerge as a Valuable Cloud Offering

An increasing number of data managers and professionals are using cloud-based data either across the public or private cloud or as an in-house database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solution. While migrating to cloud means introduction of new capabilities and data modelling approaches for the organization, it also brings forth a set of new challenges. DBaaS allows data managers to make use of shared services for managing the fast growing environments without the need of re-creating processes from scratch. While some enterprises like capacity planning services to be offered through private clouds others are more comfortable with shared database resources. DBaaS will be much preferred as it warrants automated database provisioning.

Virtualization And Software-Defined Data Centers will become More Relevant

There was a time when the word ‘platform’ led to conjuring of images of Windows, Linux servers and mainframe to the mind. However, as redundant as these have become for the enterprises, the same is applicable to the sphere of database as well. Now, enterprises are heavily relying upon virtualization for alleviating the pressure created by ever-increasing and complex database environments. Surveys suggest that almost two-thirds of the organizations are using virtualization within database environments and more are likely to follow suit in the years to come. Reduction in costs, better consolidation and standardization of infrastructure are the factors that are driving these trends.

Mobile Computing to Gain More Prominence

Mobile devices are fast becoming the client of choice for most companies owing to the rapid rise in mobile computing. This means more & more employees will be accessing data over their mobile devices. This trend is likely to make a big impact on the field of business intelligence too, with analytics being performed with the help of mobile apps. Mobile apps are expected to pave the way for easy-to-use analytics across the enterprise. This is evident from the fact that leading analytics solution vendors are offering mobile apps-based dashboards that offer insight into operational trends to decision makers, who are probably working from outside their office.

There are a few more trends that are likely to make an impact in data management in the upcoming months. We will be discussing them in our next blog. . .

Tracking the Most Impactful Data Management Trends

Business world today is driven by an insatiable demand for IT services as well as data insights due to the increase in new formats and sources of data. This has led to the organizations embracing new technologies like Cloud, Big Data and Database as a Service (DBaaS). Mobile, social media and cloud platforms are playing a pivotal role in helping the organizations to provide differentiated products and services to their patrons. In such a scenario, we found it imperative to predict the most impactful trends in the field of data management:

Big Data to be a Part of Everyday Business Functions

There was a time when organizations struggled to cost-effectively capture, manage, store and analyze data coming in from various sources, primarily due to lack of proper infrastructure. Big Data pouring in from social media, applications and mobile devices also fell under this category. However, as NoSQL databases and Hadoop are becoming more mainstream, organizations are finding management of Big Data much easier and utilizing insights derived from it in their day to day operations.

According to a recent database trends survey, 26% applications readers are running Hadoop within their enterprises as compared to a mere 12% usage 3 years back.

Database as a Service to Emerge as a Valuable Cloud Offering

An increasing number of data managers and professionals are using cloud-based data either across the public or private cloud or as an in-house database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solution. While migrating to cloud means introduction of new capabilities and data modelling approaches for the organization, it also brings forth a set of new challenges. DBaaS allows data managers to make use of shared services for managing the fast growing environments without the need of re-creating processes from scratch. While some enterprises like capacity planning services to be offered through private clouds others are more comfortable with shared database resources. DBaaS will be much preferred as it warrants automated database provisioning.

Virtualization And Software-Defined Data Centers will become More Relevant

There was a time when the word ‘platform’ led to conjuring of images of Windows, Linux servers and mainframe to the mind. However, as redundant as these have become for the enterprises, the same is applicable to the sphere of database as well. Now, enterprises are heavily relying upon virtualization for alleviating the pressure created by ever-increasing and complex database environments. Surveys suggest that almost two-thirds of the organizations are using virtualization within database environments and more are likely to follow suit in the years to come. Reduction in costs, better consolidation and standardization of infrastructure are the factors that are driving these trends.

Mobile Computing to Gain More Prominence

Mobile devices are fast becoming the client of choice for most companies owing to the rapid rise in mobile computing. This means more & more employees will be accessing data over their mobile devices. This trend is likely to make a big impact on the field of business intelligence too, with analytics being performed with the help of mobile apps. Mobile apps are expected to pave the way for easy-to-use analytics across the enterprise. This is evident from the fact that leading analytics solution vendors are offering mobile apps-based dashboards that offer insight into operational trends to decision makers, who are probably working from outside their office.

There are a few more trends that are likely to make an impact in data management in the upcoming months. We will be discussing them in our next blog. . .

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