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2018 Predictions, Trends, & What to Expect

Rob Waggoner

As I sat down to think about what 2018 will look like, I took a look at Stephen Hawking’s predictions and thought I would keep mine more focused on the IT Industry.  Let’s take a look at my predictions, trends, and what to expect in 2018!

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PREDICTIONS
Concerns about cost in the cloud will continue to be an issue, but I believe it will be easier to articulate, and cloud costs will continue to drop.  With three large cloud providers, driving costs down will continue to be a focus for all the cloud providers.

The fear of Cloud Security is going to subside.  Cloud Security will continue to be a focus, but the advancements in Cloud Security and AI have made Cloud Security more manageable. Speaking of AI…

AI will become a more routine discussion.  As data continues to explode, AI will be one of the more useful tools in understanding the overall content and trends within the data.  Collecting data is a good first step, but the bigger issue is understanding what the data is telling you.  AI will be a key tool in understanding your data.

Passwords will become a thing of the past when it comes to secure authentications.  Multifactor Authentication has become easier to implement and manage for organizations. I believe we will continue to see this shift in 2018.

TRENDS
Remote Desktop Modern Infrastructure (RDMI) will be a reality this year.  RDMI promises to reduce the cost of your RDS deployment by moving most of the RDS Management tasks to Azure based services.  Session Hosts will still be based on Virtual Machines, but most of the management roles will be able to move to serverless applications within Azure.

HTML 5 will become a native capability.  Imagine being able to access your Remote Desktops or Applications via just a browser.  HTML 5 will eliminate the need for the Remote Desktop Client installation on each client device.  Any device that has a HTML 5 capable browser will be able to access RDS or RemoteApp based applications.

Infrastructure discussions will start with the cloud.  For the past few years, customers have considered the cloud as a possible alternative to their existing on-premises deployment.  In 2018, I believe that conversations will start with the cloud.  The Cloud has been disruptive technology, but 2018 will be the year that the Cloud becomes the norm and on-premises deployments will be the exception.

Hybrid Cloud will continue to grow.  Hybrid Cloud has been used as a testing tool and a tool to move on-premises solutions to the cloud with reduced effort.  Hybrid Cloud gives you the ability to “test” solutions in the cloud without sacrificing existing on-premises solutions.  As the cloud continues to prove its value, Hybrid Cloud will also provide an easy way to migrate your on-premises solutions to the cloud over time.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Cloud will be a primary focus of most discussions when it comes to customer deployments and I see Hybrid Cloud being a key tool in the migration of on-premises data to the cloud.  Automation will continue to provide the ability to quickly scale solutions up and down as needed.  

I expect to see many optimizations within the RDS environment that will reduce cost and increase performance while these optimizations will continue to provide additional security capabilities natively to your solution. 

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