New Year…New Trends…New Decisions

As 2016 has now drawn to a close, let’s take a look at the trends of the future – specifically, IT tech trends for 2017. Artificial intelligence is one of the trends that shares a common theme – generating and utilizing massive amounts of information. According to IDC, there will be 44 zettabytes of data created by 2020. This tremendous data growth creates a need for companies to safely store information in the long-term for knowledgeable decision making. In this BlogBytes, we will review some key trends and how LTO technology will play a pivotal role in addressing the ongoing storage burden for 2017 and beyond.

Gartner recently identified top technology trends for 2017 as reviewed in an IT Business Edge article.  These trends were identified as having a high disruptive potential or a high degree of volatility. As noted in the article, some of these predicted trends include:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Advanced Machine Learning: Composed of many technologies and techniques (e.g., deep learning, neural networks, and natural-language processing), AI will create enormous amounts of data.

Digital Twin: A digital twin is a dynamic software model of a physical entity or system that relies on sensor data to understand its state, respond to changes, improve operations and add value. These models may create huge data reserves.

Intelligent Things: Intelligent things refer to physical entities that go beyond the execution of rigid programming models to exploit applied AI and machine learning. Some examples include drones, autonomous vehicles, and smart appliances. This can create masses of data, especially from HD cameras.

Digital Technology Platforms: Five major focal points to enable the new capabilities and business models of digital business are information systems, customer experience, analytics and intelligence, the internet of things, and business ecosystems. These platforms can require access to an immense amount of analytical digital data.

Adaptive Security Architecture: The intelligent digital mesh, related digital technology platforms and application architectures create an increasingly complex world for security requiring new remediation tools and processes. As new technology is introduced into the market, the fight against cyber-attacks escalates.

Each of these technology trends can create a huge store of information that can be used for business direction, strategy, analytics and customer relations. This information needs to be stored for immediate and long-term usage as well as for secure data preservation.

These tech-trends emphasize the need for adaptable storage that provides  high capacity and high performance  as well as being compatible, portable, economic and secure. LTO-7 technology and the LTO Technology Roadmap can address these requirements today and  offer secure storage confidence for generations to come. Currently, LTO-7 tape offers up to 15TBs of compressed capacity per cartridge, a sizzling 750MBs per second drive data transfer rate and tape drive encryption to protect sensitive information.  Learn more about LTO-7 technology in this video and get ready for the tech trends of 2017 and beyond.