IT infrastructure will continue to play a critical role in enabling smooth flow of information across diverse set of devices in the digital world
The explosion of data, fuelled by the rising use of connected devices from both enterprise and consumer segments, has spawned the need for a credible technology infrastructure which is robust and agile at the same time. Today, IT infrastructure has brought a strong interconnect between data centres, networking systems and storage devices. In India, the growing number of smartphone devices connected to the internet has led to burgeoning digital transactions. On the other hand, enterprises are increasingly adopting cloud infrastructure which has brought these technologies on to the forefront. In addition to smartphone growth, the technology initiatives of the government like smart cities and digital India will put further boost IT infrastructure in the country.
Here the networking infrastructure will play a key role in defining the technology roadmap of the country. Says Suman Bisht, market analyst—enterprise networking, IDC India, “The increasing adoption of a third platform, that is, the blend of social media, mobility, big data & analytics and cloud computing in the operations and delivery aspect of enterprises will attract more investments in the wired as well wireless networking infrastructure. The e-part of the business has raised an immense possibility for the ICT industry across hardware, software and services. More investments from the government, both central and state, are very much on the cards, given the demand for the connectivity, accessibility and surveillance in the country.”
According to IDC, the increasing demand for data based applications, professionals seeking data and flourishing SMBs are expected to boost the need for network resources directly or indirectly. CY 2015 is expected to attract investments from various verticals, especially government, telecom and BFSI with education and healthcare playing their part in the WLAN space particularly. The analyst body further said that vendors are likely to be strategising and restrategising in order to align with the new government’s digital initiatives.
This demand for technology infrastructure has also led to global technology giants like Microsoft, Amazon and Google to either expand their data centre activity in India. Microsoft which has a data centre in Pune plans to have totally three such units in India to give more confidence to its customers on the privacy and storage of data. These are expected to be operational by the end of this year. Similarly, Amazon also plans to set up a data centre in India.
Investment in big data continues to increase in 2015, but not as rapidly as in previous years. More than three-quarters of companies are investing or planning to invest in big data in the next two years, a 3% increase over 2014, according to a recent survey of IT and business leaders by Gartner. “This year begins the shift of big data away from a topic unto itself, and toward standard practices,” says Nick Heudecker, research director at Gartner. “The topics that formerly defined big data, such as massive data volumes, disparate data sources and new technologies are becoming
familiar as big data solutions become mainstream,” he adds.
“As big data becomes the new normal, information and analytics leaders are shifting focus from hype to finding value,” said Lisa Kart, research director at Gartner. “While the perennial challenge of understanding value remains, the practical challenges of skills, governance, funding and return on investment (ROI) come to the fore.”
Technology infrastructure is expected to become further sophisticated in the days to come as the world
increasingly goes digital with more presence online, with efficiency being the key word.
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