New Year New Tech

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With a new year comes new challenges and focuses for the tech industry. And 2023 is no different; with the cost-of-living crisis affecting people everywhere and sustainability at the forefront of our minds, we at Exertis have been considering how the tech industry is going to continue to adapt.

Experts predict that there will be a focus on cybersecurity, sustainability, and automation in the near future, as well as streamlining security processes. At Exertis, we’ve spoken to a handful of our partners about how they’re planning on approaching the upcoming year, and where their focus will be – so you can plan how you’ll future-proof your business with the latest tech advancements.

The tech industry is a fast growing one, and with growth comes the constant development of new technologies. Upgrading to new hardware can quickly become unsustainable and may create issues when it comes to disposal of old hardware. However, most components can now be recycled to properly dispose of them, and this can more often than not be done through the manufacturer.

Alternatively, switching to a more virtual, cloud computing model can offer a more sustainable solution. It uses less resources, allowing several users to connect to one physical server, lowering the amount of hardware needed. Cloud servers are much easier to scale and upgrade as necessary with a reduction in cost due to physical hardware being drastically more cost-efficient than a regular model.

AMD EPYC™ 9004 series processors are an energy efficient offering that come with the ultimate performance expected of CPUs. Powered by AMD’s new Zen 4 core, they improve energy efficiency and ensure more hardening against security attacks.

APC Easy Rack provide a variety of configurations to meet the high security, cost-effective, and rapid deployment requirements of edge systems. As the main carrier of IT equipment, the rack is the cornerstone of the data centre, based on the current IT market server and network application trends Easy Rack offers a wide variety of IT rack designs suitable for any IT application server, network, storage, and converged IT.

As we begin to shift to the new normal post-pandemic, the majority of employees who began working from home plan to continue to do so. A majority of employers are prepared to accommodate this, so hybrid working is likely to continue widely in 2023. However, having the correct systems in place to accommodate hybrid working should be established first.

Servers and systems need to be able to be accessed from home. For this to be safe and secure, the correct security systems need to be in place. Providing a secure firewall and backup systems for files and data is a must to ensure user and company files are secured.

One of the biggest current threats to businesses is ransomware – so protecting your personal and organisational data is more important now than ever. In terms of a cyberattack, it’s not a matter of if but when. In just the first half of 2022, there were 236.1 million ransomware attacks worldwide.

Though not all were successful, many businesses were hit by these attacks. That’s why it’s important to have the proper security in place to ensure you’re prepared for the worst, and not in the position to recover after it’s too late.

Carbonite® Backup for Microsoft 365 from OpenText offers comprehensive backup for the entire Microsoft 365 suite of productivity apps. It allows business to protect data from every day security breaches, while allowing for recovery of individual files in case a breach does slip through.

The cloud is comprised of software and services which reside and operate on the internet instead of running from a local computer or onsite network of servers. Cloud adoption is used by organisations to improve the scalability of their internet-based database, sufficiently reducing cost and risk. The purpose of this is to give users the ability to store data in the private cloud, while using the technological resources from the public cloud.

Seagate Lyve Cloud is a simple, trusted, and efficient object storage solution for mass data. It comes with the freedom to transfer data seamlessly across private and public environments without extra charges and allows for easy management of data with an intuitive dashboard.

Arcserve OneXafe is based on an immutable object store, with every object written only once and never modified. The immutable network-attached storage is the perfect solution for file server consolidation and data archival, giving you and your organisation a backup plan in the case of a breach.

Development in WiFi 7

Currently, network developers are focused mostly on WiFi 6 and 6E, the newest bands on the market. But with how fast-moving the industry is, it’s already time to start looking forward to the next development. WiFi 7 is expected to begin rolling out in 2024 – so this year, many companies may start looking into how they can look to benefit from this advancement.

Being able to provide a faster, more reliable and consistent internet connection is important for many industries, and especially within education and in hospitality. Making advancements in automation – such as having hotel room keys in a mobile app or the ability to access heating controls – would require a consistent connection which can be properly tailored.

Use of DPUs in Data Centres

DPUs (data processing units) are fully programmable processors, joining CPUs and GPUs as one of the three main pillars of computing. These come with the ability to offload and improve application performance. These are becoming more popular in data centres due to their ability to increase the available processing power needed for applications.

Developments in Storage

NMVe storage is becoming a widely used solution in data centre environments because they deliver the highest throughput and fastest response times to date for all types of enterprise workloads. The NVMe specification is a future-proof one, able to extend to work with memory technologies which don’t even exist yet.

On top of this, Gen 5.0 SSDs are beginning to roll out. Gen 5.0 SSDs will offer exceptional rates of up to 13,000 MB/s read and 12,000 MB/s write, which is 60% faster than some of the current offerings on the market. The SSDs are also able to work with current-gen processors, so the need to upgrade all hardware won’t be immediately needed.

There is also a development in SDRAM, with DDR5 beginning to enter the market. This next generation of PC memory will see an increase in efficiency, as well as the same lasting reliability as its long-lasting predecessor. This hardware has been available for a couple of years now, but adoptability is now catching up, with many new laptops being sold with DDR5 as standard. DDR5 reduces power consumption and has a data centre first focus.

Micron® DDR5 Server DRAM and 9004 Series AMD EPYC™ Processors are a perfect pair. In fact, when tested together, it was found that HPC applications performed an average of 2x faster when compared to Micron DDR4 paired with a comparable previous-gen AMD processor.

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