Predictions for the IT industry - 2017 - Asystec

Having reviewed many articles by the big named players (Deloitte and Gartner to name a few) and the lesser know players the same trends are being predicted for the most part by all.

These were very generic, broad trends so we put the same question to the ‘experts’ in Asystec to see what they felt would most likely impact their business unit in 2017.


Brendan_McPhillipsAsystec Director, and head of Security Brendan McPhillips has predicted the following:

‘Getting to grips with GDPR legislation and the associated controls will be a key part of what organisations have to deal with in 2017. While organisations have 17 months to have these controls in place, we do see that resources towards the latter end of 2017 and in particular early 2018 will become an issue.

Cybercrime will still be the main issue to contend with in 2017 as it was in 2016. It will become more pervasive, with more organisations having to deal with the consequences of ransomware, successful phishing attacks and malware in general. Zero-day detection and abnormal data usage technologies will become more mainstream.

Considerations for security of Big Data and IoT will also need to become part of the development cycle of solutions/applications in these areas.

Another trend I see making a big impact is increased Governance requirements from the board. How do you give real – time visibility of things like IT GRC, Audit, Business Continuity, security Operations, 3rd party management and more. The board and external regulators will require more insight and access to more real-time information.

Scarcity of Resources – IT Security Professionals are hard to come by, particularly those with many years’ experience. Trying to ensure high staff retention and recruitment will be a major issue for most organisations.

Lorne Chedzey4Lorne Chedzey, our Software Defined Datacentre manager had these predictions to make:

Networking in a software-defined world: 

 A year of transformation – In 2017, networking will undergo a fundamental transformation to a more software-defined model.

From hardware centric to application centric – Networking is no longer about the vendor who provides the best equipment to the traditional buyer of networking, the IT department.  It will focus more around those responsible for the application.

Developers driving demand – Developers require an extensive set of networking capabilities that enable their applications. For example, not only do developers need connectivity between the microservices that make up an application, they will typically need other capabilities, such as load balancing or secure access to corporate servers holding relevant data.

IT challenged with a complex task – IT will require networking capabilities that enhance developer productivity no matter what application framework, or deployment environment chosen.  The real challenge is that they may not know where these applications will be ultimately deployed.   All of this is to be considered while providing IT with appropriate controls for security and compliance.

Facing reality of Hybrid cloud: Organisations will begin to face the reality that their applications will run in multiple clouds, both public and private.  There will be a need for networking and security services that can readily be deployed consistently across these disparate cloud environments.

GDPR looming: With the looming GDPR requirements, we predict Micro-segmentation of networks to become mainstream in 2017 in readiness for the 2018 deadline as an extra layer of defence for customer data.


Hyper-converged Infrastructure / Software-defined Storage:

 Storage becomes an IT generalist responsibility – The concept of HCI is to deliver infrastructure with one set of common tools.  As Datacentre responsibilities shift to a generalist team, the more traditional storage experts will either expand beyond storage or focus more on strategic projects where performance is critical.

The beginning of the end for Fiber Channel – With the increase in speed of Ethernet continuing it is all but eliminating the need for proprietary SAN connectivity of Fiber channel.  With the server side economics of Ethernet, we expect this to happen in 2017 even among many Enterprsie customers.

Servers will become king – In 2017 with Intel’s next generation of chipset (Skylake), this will likely trigger a large data centre refresh in many organisations.  AT this time, the opportunity to modernize the Datacenter will come into picture.  We predict that adding some disk in the server and providing a HCI solution will become a common pattern among both SMB and Enterprise customers.

All flash storage will become the norm – With prices dropping fast on server side flash disks, it will reach a tipping point in 2017 where it will be the only choice for most organisations.


Kevin StanfordWe then put the same question to our Professional Services Manager, Kevin Stanford:

Our professional services team need to be a step ahead of industry trends in order to provide our customers with the latest technological solutions and help guide their IT strategy . At Asystec our focus is on Datacentre solutions for our customers and this means constant education in both pre-sales and post-sales delivery roles in this area. Our professional Services Division needs to align their education paths with these trends and we can see clearly that SDDC is a key focus. Notably some of our strategic partners (DellEMC, Cisco, Veritas, VMware etc.) have made the deployment and configuration of platforms a lot easier as the intelligent operation moves into the software stack. It is in areas such as the management, orchestration and automation of these services/platforms that requires the most attention for our professional services division.






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