5 Predicted Tech Trends of 2021
2020 was… certainly a year. With the dawn of a new decade, however, there’s every reason to be hopeful for the future. Constant innovation and a desire for change are driving technology development forward at a rapid pace. At Zycom, we are proudly at the forefront of this innovation mission, delivering state-of-the-art hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions to more businesses than ever before.
With that said, data doesn’t lie, so what are our team’s predicted tech trends for 2021? Find out by reading on.
Continued Investment in Combating COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic shook up the entire world, but the power of science and technology is doing everything possible to flatten the curve for good and get back to some semblance of normalcy. As evidenced by this year’s virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), even in-home products are shifting towards a health-conscious focus, yet tastefully so. Robotic UV scanners and smart masks are just the tip of the iceberg, and these systems come complete with AI-assisted performance to optimize for the best possible results. We also expect to see some demand for employee screening and tracking from a disaster recovery planning perspective. DE Planning tools and innovations in virtual employee check-in and health status will ensure a safe work environment. Of course, the most significant investment is in vaccine testing and rollouts, the latter of which is gratefully well underway. There are hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide working towards making the other side of this pandemic a reality, and our team is massively grateful for it.
Remote Working is the New Normal
Speaking of normalcy, telecommuting is a critical aspect of it nowadays. It’s why clients turn to and trust Zycom’s cloud-based IT management solutions, ensuring they can maintain smooth day-to-day operations without worries of losing data or progress. At the same time, the right cloud-based technology does wonders for commuting between team members, managing permissions, maintaining VMs, and more. As the pandemic looks far from over, we envision seeing most of 2021 relegated to continued remote access deployment – and ample testing ground for cloud-based infrastructure. It’s entirely possible that companies may not want to switch back to onsite legacy alternatives when it’s safe to go back to the office again. We expect to see even more demand for VDI and thin client edge operating systems for secure remote access leveraging existing investments.
5G, Full Speed
Last year, 5G was just hitting the mainstream. Now, with each new smartphone releasing in 2021 appearing to support this technology, more individuals than ever will be able to get their hands on it. Along with rapid antenna deployment and wavelength testing to increase range and availability, 5G will only get bigger and better as time goes on. This will further improve secure remote access solution adoption and push telecommuting to new heights. We are already seeing server vendors innovate with edge server solutions with built-in 5G to support commercial and retail operations once we all go back to in-store shopping.
Further Data Centre Transformation to Reduce Costs
From the early days of the pandemic to the present, businesses continue to transform their data centre via hybrid cloud infrastructure to drive down operating costs, thus freeing up operating and cash on hand to further weather the storm. We see no slowing down of organizations adopting a cloud-first strategy using on-premise hybrid solutions to leverage the best from private and public cloud solutions at nearly half the public cloud price. When ‘cash is king’ during these uncertain times, every penny saved is more valuable than ever. Innovation in this space will continue to drive costs out for companies of all sizes, but one size does not fit all. We have innovated ourselves and developed three different HCIaaS solutions to meet our clients’ diverse needs, from small to enterprise-level businesses.
Again, the pandemic has essentially changed everything. That’s not an overstatement. One of those changes is the adoption rate of automated technologies; when the implementation can save lives, more businesses worldwide are investing in robotics, AI, and automated software. This not only optimizes for ideal performance despite the current situation we’re all in, but it paves the way for increased cost savings and data accuracy.
The above trends are some of the most significant we’ve identified for 2021, and we anticipate that most of them will likely continue into 2022 and beyond. Now is the time to make future-facing optimizations for your business to not only keep it performing at its peak but also to protect your teams in addition to your bottom line. Zycom is here to help with that and more, and we’re happy to discuss our hyperconverged infrastructure solutions with you today. Contact us to get started.