Managed.IT - Issue 63

11 PREDICTIONS Continued... not be shooting across the floor of the Atlantic and the entire USA to a DC in California before coming back to an office in Manchester or Dundee. The development of UK-wide edge computing platforms will continue to change the way businesses operate and will improve quality of life for millions of people living outside the main metropolitan areas. It’s already starting to transform content delivery, virtual reality, real-time advertising and even remote healthcare. Watch this space! r Streaming will continue to outrun smart cars for now Smart vehicles are an exciting and massive use case for edge computing. As the development of smart cars continues, edge computing will be at the centre of collaborations between the designers and implementers of the many technologies and systems required, with edge data centres processing and filtering the masses of data smart cars and their infrastructure generate and depend on. That said, 2023 is unlikely to be their break-out year. For the foreseeable future, the explosion of video streaming services will outrun smart vehicles. Autonomous vehicles are expected to account for only about 12% of registrations by 2030, according to Statista. The video streaming market, by contrast, could grow at a CAGR of more than 20% between now and 2030 (source: Grand View Research) thanks to the increased capabilities of smartphones and the ability of edge computing infrastructure to support dataintensive content delivery and high levels of personalisation through AI. Video-on-demand, training and education, live industrial video surveillance and security analytics are all set to boost streaming. t UK business gets the tools to make hybrid cloud kick Hybrid cloud is going to grow even faster in 2023. The global hybrid use cases and specific types of connectivity and backhaul. And they will want to avoid being totally reliant on a single vendor. w Connectivity will be about more than a mast This will be the year when connectivity comes more sharply into focus. Applications focused on real-time and aggregated data analytics need connectivity that has either low jitter, loss and lag or has dedicated high bandwidth. Telcos have been the first movers in this market with 5G, but carrier fibre delivers waves that are more dependable. Expectations will grow as businesses see how the rollout of 5G mobile connectivity really does enable transformational changes in efficiency. For example, in oil, gas and minerals extraction and processing, high capacity and high bandwidth 5G opens the door to analytics-driven automation and digital twin modelling, regardless of location. Businesses looking to implement these technologies will want direct connectivity to the world’s top cloud providers at the same time as processing data locally to achieve the right level of latency and cost-optimisation. Organisations will seek simplicity in cloud connectivity partnerships to avoid the complexity of using different exchanges and third-party networks. e Regional data centres will hog more of the limelight Regional data centres will continue their significant growth. According to ResearchAndMarkets, regional data centres outside the M25 and Slough are adding 20,000 square metres annually to meet demand from regional businesses for the low latency, high-bandwidth connectivity required for AI technologies and use of SaaS applications. A route-diverse network of edge data centres connected by highspeed fibre with backhaul to all the hyperscaler hubs will become increasingly essential. Data should were put off during the pandemic. n Security is, as ever, a top concern. Connected devices and remote working have brought new risks and social engineering is becoming smarter. Attackers are now using artificial intelligence and machine learning against their victims, for example by scraping information off social media platforms, tracking users’ behaviour and exploiting time windows when they may be more susceptible to attack. Couple this with shrinking IT budgets and a shortage of cybersecurity professionals and businesses have a perfect storm on their hands. Datto, a Kaseya company is a global provider of security and cloudbased solutions purpose-built for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Its Unified Continuity, Networking, Endpoint Management and Business Management solutions are delivered via an integrated platform that helps MSPs defend against costly downtime and data loss in servers, virtual machines, cloud applications and anywhere else data resides. Infrastructure Edge ecosystems, 5G and hybrid cloud By Mike Hoy, Technology Director, Pulsant q Ecosystems will power UK business to the edge As the year progresses, organisations engaged in major projects such as smart cities or industrial IoT implementations will seek out ecosystems instead of a single-vendor approach. With their dependence on data, interactive transport systems, remote AI-powered live video analysis and highly automated, complex manufacturing will require edge computing. In each case, organisations will want access to more than just a data centre. They will want edge expertise and an ecosystem of companies with specialist understanding of Mike Hoy Pulsant The development of UK-wide edge computing platforms will continue to change the way businesses operate and will improve quality of life for millions of people living outside the main metropolitan areas