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Top 10 Tech Trends for 2015 You Should Know

Rapid Change Means New Challenges in Security, Systems and Innovation

Florida-based business information company Gartner recently revealed its top 10 "strategic technology" trends for 2015. The company tracks trends that will impact a broad range of enterprises and sectors, including but not limited to IT. Gartner defines strategic technology trends as those with the potential to make a significant impact in the next three years.

Gartner's Key Tech Trends for 2015

With the growing ubiquity of mobile devices, a trend in "computing everywhere" marks a shift in emphasis from standalone devices to services geared toward the user in a variety of contexts. The spread of smart mobile and wearable devices that can connect with screens in the office, at home and in public spaces demonstrates that the environment must adapt to meet the needs of the mobile user.

Likewise, the Internet of Things represents a similar challenge on a larger scale. New data streams and services growing out of the digitization of everything will require four usage models, according to Gartner, which it identifies as "manage, monetize, operate and extend." All four models can be applied beyond just the Internet of Things to assets, people, services and places.

Gartner expects shipments in 3-D printing equipment to grow by 98 percent in 2015, and to double again in 2016. As the availability of low-cost 3-D printing continues to expand, so too will new industrial, bio-medical and consumer applications, demonstrating the ability of the sector to shrink costs through improved designs, streamlined prototyping and short-run manufacturing.

The volume of data from embedded systems will drive the need for analytics to cope with large amounts of structured and unstructured data. Advanced, pervasive and invisible analytics will be necessary to manage this massive data load.

Gartner expects these pervasive analytics to create the need for intelligent context-rich systems that are aware of their surroundings and can respond accordingly. By understanding the context of a user request, a computer can better shape its response to the user.

Smart machines are another outgrowth of deep analytics and the increased emphasis on context. This trend will be manifested in the development of autonomous vehicles, advanced robotics and virtual personal assistants that can learn and adapt to their surroundings.

Cloud/client computing in the near future will focus on synching up content with application states across multiple devices while addressing the challenges of application portability.

Making digital business work requires flexibility, which will be made possible through software-defined applications and infrastructure. The demands on digital businesses change rapidly, and software will need to be more dynamic to meet these challenges.

For 2015, Gartner sees more small and medium-sized IT businesses patterning themselves after big Internet player like Amazon, Google and Facebook. This trend in Web-scale IT makes it possible to deliver the capabilities of large cloud service providers within an enterprise IT setting.

Finally, security is an inseparable component of any assessment of the digital future. While it is not possible to be 100-percent secure, risk-based security and self-protection allows organizations to provide more sophisticated risk mitigation tools beyond firewalls—building security directly into devices and applications.

ZyXEL Ready to Meet the 2015 Tech Trends Head-on

ZyXEL is prepared to face the challenges presented by this rapidly changing tech landscape. The Internet of Things, in particular, is an area ZyXEL is heavily vested in. Products like NWA5301-NJ IoT-optimized Access Points are versatile enough to adapt to any environment or task while integrating with the ever-growing array of Internet capable devices hitting the market.

As Gartner foresees the expanding reach of the Cloud, ZyXEL stands ready to help users manage their multiple cloud accounts and applications with a range of new products and services. The ZyXEL Hybrid Cloud personal cloud management solution unifies a wide variety of public cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Memopal. The NAS540 personal cloud storage device creates easy access cloud storage that is available anywhere at any time, and data stored on any ZyXEL Network storage and players is just a finger tap away through the zCloud Android app. In addition, the new myZyXELcloud portal allows users to access and manage NAS540 web services easily.

ZyXEL is equally prepared to help customers keep their data safe by staying on top of the evolving security landscape with its own risk-based security and self-protection solutions. These include the company’s portfolio of Next-Gen Unified Security Gateways.

Finally, when it comes to context-rich systems, nobody beats ZyXEL at integrating solutions that evolve and adapt to the needs of the customers. The ZyXEL One Network consolidates and streamlines an array of network products that can respond to each other and their environments.

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