Technology Trends to Watch in 2018

If anything is true of the tech industry, it is constantly evolving. Technology is changing and improving at an exponential rate – all in the name of making things easier for consumers while collecting as much data as possible.

According to Forbes, CIOs can expect to be more accountable for revenue generation, value creation, and the development and launch of new business models using proven and emerging technologies.

In 2018, we foresee that these technology trends will continue, and then some.

What can you expect in the coming year? You’ll likely hear more about these IT Buzzwords, and the technology trends you should keep your eye on in 2018.

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Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

If you’re already leveraging a data center solution, you’ve likely at least heard the phrase “hyper-converged infrastructure” (HCI). In the IT world, we started thinking about HCI infrastructure in response to the silos that can become apparent in traditional data center operations – when servers and storage are configured separately.

Hyper-converged solutions increase agility and allow your technology to scale more easily as your business grows. By converging physical storage onto industry-standard x86 servers we can help enable a building block approach with scale-out capabilities. This allows us to run all key data center as software on a hypervisor instead of via hardware.

At Compudyne, it is our goal to simplify your IT solutions with products and services designed to work with your business. Our strategic partner, VMware provides a unique, software-defined approach to HCI, leveraging the hypervisor to deliver compute, storage and management in a tightly integrated software stack.

SD-WAN and Hybrid WAN

As businesses have grown and needed to reach an ever-increasing number of geographical locations, the Wide Area Network (WAN) was born. When it became clear that businesses needed even more agility, latency and reach, Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) solutions were developed. SD-WAN provides Internet failover and connects enterprises to branch offices and data centers with a software approach that leverages the cloud, or a premises-based solution. SD-WAN provides seamless Internet failover for the business environment and provides increased opportunities for connectivity, security and scalability.

But what about Hybrid WAN?

Hybrid WAN solutions fit right in between traditional WAN and SD-WAN. Hybrid WAN offers opportunities for MPLS connections and Internet connections and allows for better real-time monitoring and decision making. Hybrid WAN works great with SD-WAN solutions to deliver fast, low-latency connections.

Disaster Recovery Services

Nobody anticipates a disaster, but the companies who have disaster recovery plans in place decrease downtime and minimize the impact to their business and their customers in the event that a disaster strikes. Is your business prepared to respond?

No matter your industry, data is an important component of your business. Your ability to bounce back in the event of a disaster depends on adequate preparation. The time to flesh out your Disaster Recovery Plan is now, before you lose critical data or experience unexpected downtime.

Don’t know where to start? Compudyne’s got you covered with Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

Our Disaster Recovery service is an extension of VMWare’s vCenter. It protects you and your business by automating failover, failback and the migration of virtual machines to a secure, secondary site. The increased adoption of cloud computing technology makes it possible to provide disaster recovery solutions that are constantly backed up – meaning you’ll always have access to your critical data.

At Compudyne, we leverage VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) to provide DRaaS that automates the failover, failback and migration of virtual machines to a secondary site in the event of a local or primary data center disaster. Our DRaaS works in conjunction with various replication solutions, including VMware vSphere, to automate the process of migrating, recovering, testing, re-protecting and failing-back virtual machine workloads.

Digital Transformation

In the past few years, there has been a lot of chatter among IT service providers surrounding the cloud, cloud technology and cloud service offerings. Today, that conversation is beginning to shift toward the digital transformation movement.

To succeed in a cloud-based business environment, business leaders must embrace a digital transformation: new ways of connecting people, data, and processes to create value for customers (source: Microsoft).

Digital technology has already changed the way we do business and will continue to do so at an exponential rate. Microsoft foresees all-encompassing digital transformations as having a hugely positive impact on business, with increased customer engagement, empowered employees, operational optimization and product transformations.

Compudyne works closely with Microsoft to provide products and solutions that help our customers drive more business.

Are You Ready for 2018?

These technology trends are the just the tip of the iceberg. Technology will continue to drive sales, support customers and strengthen your business. Do you have what you need to succeed in 2018 and beyond?

The team at Compudyne is ready to strategically and efficiently manage the IT needs of your business. This allows you to focus on operating your business instead of managing technology. Our solutions are designed to grow alongside your business and drive your success.

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