As John Lennon once said, another year over…and a new one just begun. As we head into 2024, it’s important to reflect on what we’ve seen and where we need to focus in the year ahead.
Computer vision: digital understanding of the physical world From face recognition to fire prevention, autonomous cars to medical diagnosis, the promise of video analytics has enticed technology innovators for years. Video analytics, the processing and analysing of visual data through machine learning and artificial intelligence, is perceived as a significant opportunity for edge computing.
2023 was the year of Artificial Intelligence (AI). 2024 will build on the incredible momentum of the likes of ChatGPT, Google Bard, Microsoft CoPilot, and others, delivering applications and services that apply AI to every industry imaginable. A recent analysis piece from Schroders makes the point well: “The mass adoption of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) …has sparked interest akin to the Californian Gold Rush.”
As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, a new frontier has emerged in the world of networks - the automated edge. But what exactly does this mean for business and why does it matter? In simple terms, automated edge refers to self-configuring, self-optimising, and self-healing capabilities being built into edge devices and software.
By 2030, the world will look very different, not in the least because of new technological innovations. Many will expect to see a proliferation of next-generation technological solutions from smart cities, to augmented reality, to autonomous cars, to the metaverse. Service providers have a role to play in ensuring that the underlying network that we have across the UK (and beyond) has the capacity and scalability to support these solutions.
For those who remember the tech world before the COVID digitalisation gold-rush, the 2019 assertion by Gartner that 'The Data Centre Is (Almost) Dead, ruffled feathers. The report warned that by 2025, 80% of enterprises will shut down their traditional data centres. In fact, 10% of organisations already have. Then the pandemic hit and the global demand for world-class user experiences (for workforces and customers alike) exploded.
While some businesses operate entirely in the cloud, some still have IT infrastructure they need to house. Others are moving from solely cloud environments to a colocation model. From air conditioning systems to networking facilities, there is a lot that goes into looking after IT infrastructure.