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Brocade Predicts 2015 Trends In IT

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Marcus Jewell, vice president EMEA at Brocade, has outlined his predictions on what technology trends are likely to appear throughout the IT industry in 2015.

Beginning with the rise of the New IP, Mr Jewell has suggested that legacy networks build on closed proprietary protocols will be expected to adapt if they are going to support the new technology trends taking over IT including mobile and cloud computing. This adaptation may prompt the rise of the New IP, a networking paradigm better aligned with the evolution of the industry.

Mr Jewell has also stated that Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) are likely to take hold, firmly establishing their place as the future of network infrastructures. This will be aided, he suggests, by the new emphasis on open standards, which allow customers to freely choose the solutions that best match their needs.

With this new emphasis on customer needs, Mr Jewell has argued that the Internet of Things will begin to impact on businesses, with businesses expected to grow to cope with the 26 billion connected units predicted to be installed by 2020.

With regards to the virtual workspace, Mr Jewell argues that remote working will be a necessity as companies attempt to meet their demands while meeting their budget constraints while boosting productivity. However, he has also highlighted the threat to privacy posed by increasingly virtual lifestyles, which IT communities will be expected to secure as consumers store more and more of their data online.

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