2013 Trends: David Howorth, Area Vice President, Global Strategic Services, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

This year, there will be a significant shift from VPNs to public, private and, importantly, hybrid clouds. If you can’t switch workloads between public and private clouds, you won’t be competitive – this will require a bold approach to embracing change and re-engineering networks in support of cloud-based applications. Companies will increasingly adopt cloud-based enterprise mobility strategies – creating “personal clouds” where employees can use enterprise applications to do their jobs more effectively. Becoming more proactive in tackling the challenges associated with dealing with the division of employees’ personal and professional lives, using mobile-device management and private application storefronts to create secure, mobile work environments.

Improvements in network reliability and resiliency, coupled with intelligent end points, will serve as the foundation for connecting smart machines and smarter people. We will see a shift in 2013 to more dynamic networks, pervasive IP connections, and purpose-built networks that serve businesses, consumers and society.

Finally, security will become a mainstream IT must-have, protecting every endpoint, every device and everything connected to the Internet. While the Internet affords us countless opportunity it also comes with a price. No longer is strong security an option; it’s a mandatory requirement for all organizations to protect their intellectual and physical capital, customer identities and society at large.

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