The future of IT – 81% of experts expect data center automation

That technological developments will fundamentally change the business world is nothing new. In the past, I have already reported on the change in management activity due to artificial intelligence, but cloud computing and AI will also fundamentally change IT infrastructures. A look into the future of data centers.

According to a recent study, 81% of IT professionals say they think most data center and network tasks will be fully automated by 2025. Artificial intelligence and machine learning will change the way data is stored and configured.

For its survey, INAP interviewed 500 IT executives and infrastructure managers to determine what the network infrastructure and data centers will look like in the coming years and what role IT professionals will play.


The future of data storage

AI and machine learning will fundamentally increase the production of data. In the next few years, an elementary increase in the amount of data is expected, which should make workflows and business processes more efficient. But the more information is generated, the more difficult it is to store and file it correctly. 66% of respondents therefore believe that by 2025 there will be virtually no more local data centers and all processes will move to the cloud.
The cloud will be the pioneer of serverless computing. These models will allow applications and programs to be delivered without having to worry about providing resources or managing servers, the study says.

Some 79% of respondents also said they believe that all businesses will have a multi-cloud presence by 2025.


Network strategies for the future

In the next few years, mobile networks will increasingly be switched to 5G. Due to its low latency, the new standard not only promises to become the cornerstone of many new technologies, it will also have a central influence on the data centers of the future. 75% of those surveyed said that most companies will adopt edge networking strategies by 2025.

This type of collection will allow information to be processed in real time, enabling faster application response, such as autonomous driving. An edge networking strategy is about reaching customers and end users as quickly as possible.


These changes have many implications for how companies will handle their data in the future and what positions they will occupy. According to the study, the positions of Chief Security Officer (CSO) or Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) will play the second most important role in most companies by 2025.

Team structures will also change. IT and product development staff will be increasingly integrated into all processes and will merge even more with corporate processes. The new technologies outlined here will enable IT teams to do more of their current work and launch initiatives.

Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker is an innovation profiler, future strategist and media expert who helps companies understand the opportunities behind technologies such as artificial intelligence for the next five to ten years. He is the founder of the consulting firm "Alexander Pinker - Innovation Profiling", the innovation marketing agency "innovate! communication" and the news platform "Medialist Innovation". He is also the author of three books and a lecturer at the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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