2020 will be the Next Data Decade, Dell Technologies Predicts

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Gone are the days when flying cars and virtual assistants that can study, predict and assist human needs are considered as situations out of fiction. With the developments in technology and the high generation of data, these are possible and might be utilized by humans in the next few years. In fact, many devices, systems, and applications nowadays are already considered as connected and intelligent including healthcare applications, industrial machines, and financial systems.

2020 will be the Next Data Decade, Dell Technologies Predicts
2020 will be the Next Data Decade, Dell Technologies Predicts

The amount of data, although currently reaching massive levels, will not stop as long as there is a need for innovation and technology. And with the amount of data coming in the next decade, one can only imagine the devices and services that the world is about to experience -- including those that aren’t even invented yet.

This is what Dell Technologies calls the ‘Next Data Decade. According to Jeff Clarke, Dell Technologies Chief Operating Officer, this is an era where technology enters new expectations with new possibilities of how it can affect human lives.

“We are entering this era new -- and rather high -- expectations of what technology can make possible for how we live, work and play,” Clarke said.

Time to keep IT simple

Data comes in many forms: big data, metadata, structured, and unstructured data. And it can be found everywhere -- in the cloud, on different devices, and in core data centers. Dell states that businesses should work on data visibility, or the ability of IT teams to quickly access and analyze the right data since this is where enterprises lack focus.

“CIOs will make data visibility a top IT imperative because after all, data is what makes the flywheel of innovation spin,” Clarke said.

Businesses that are on their journey towards adopting digital transformation can simplify the automation of their IT infrastructure, as well as consolidating systems and services with a more holistic approach that enables more control and clarity. Dell said that these will open new doors for data management and will allow businesses to maximize the use of data. IT automation will be fueled by AI and machine learning.

Cloud co-existence becomes a reality

Also among the trends that Dell sees to finally happen this year is the co-existence of public and private clouds. In fact, in a study presented by IDC, it was predicted that by 2021, over 90% of enterprises around the globe will depend on a combination of on-premises and dedicated private clouds, as well as several public clouds, and legacy platforms that are apt for their infrastructure and business needs.

“We’ll see security and data protection become deeply integrated as part of hybrid cloud environments, notably where containers and Kubernetes continue to gain momentum for app development,” Clark said. 
“Bolting security measures onto a cloud infrastructure will be a non-starter…it’s got to be inherently built into the fiber of the overall data management strategy edge to core to cloud,” he added.

What you get is what you pay

In 2020, flexible consumption and as-a-service options will accelerate as organizations seize the opportunity to transform into software-defined and cloud-enabled IT. As a result – they’ll be able to choose the right economic model for their business to take advantage of end-to-end IT solutions that enable data mobility and visibility, and crunch even the most intensive AI and Machine Learning workloads when needed.

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“The Edge” rapidly expands into the enterprise

What is dubbed as “The Edge” or the future technological scheme that involves industrial and financial systems will continue to evolve as people continue to identify what it really is and where it exists. Once it is limited to the Internet of Things (IoT), it will be hard to find any systems, applications, services – people and places – that are not connected.

Another factor to consider is the deployment of 5G, which is bound to create new use cases for different industries like healthcare, financial services, education, and industrial manufacturing. With this, SD-WAN and software-defined networking solutions are slated to have an important role in a holistic IT infrastructure solution. Open networking solutions will also come into play as businesses will recognize its importance in managing and securing data for the long run, which also requires flexibility and agility.

Intelligent devices to change the way businesses operate

Clark also underscores the role of AI and machine learning that optimize power and perform based on usage patterns.

“With biometrics, PCs know it’s you from the moment you gaze at the screen. And now, AI and machine learning applications are smart enough to give your system the ability to dial up the sound and color based on the content you’re watching or the game you’re playing,” said Clark.

In the coming years, advancements in AI and machine learning will be the root cause of the production of even smarter and more collaborative devices.

“They will have the ability to optimize power and battery life for our most productive moments – and even become self-sufficient machines that can self-heal and self-advocate for repair – reducing the burden on the user and of course, reducing the number of IT incidents filed. That’s a huge increase in happiness and productivity for both the end-users and the IT groups that support them,” Clark added.

Sustainable innovation

Another trend seen to be rampant among technological industries is the thrust for sustainable innovation. Dell, for example, has since established their goal to bring technology for the good, by minimizing eWaste through maximizing and recycling their existing materials.

“At Dell Technologies, we met our Legacy of Good 2020 goals ahead of schedule – so we’ve retired them and set new goals for 2030 to recycle an equivalent product for every product a customer buys, lead the circular economy with more than half of all product content being made from recycled or renewable material, and use 100% recycled or renewable material in all packaging,” Clark said.

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