The Future of IT Infrastructure: Trends and Predictions

In 2024, it is increasingly important to understand current IT trends in order to stay competitive. Being able to predict the future of digital infrastructure is just as critical, so companies can plan with tomorrow’s technology in mind. 

Here are some key trends Australian businesses should keep an eye on.

Cloud Computing

Cloud infrastructure continues to reshape IT infrastructure. Hybrid and multi-cloud environments are becoming the new standard, enabling businesses to leverage the strengths of different cloud services while mitigating risks. Cloud computing is also being combined with Artifical Intelligence (AI) technology to advance further developments in various fields, including cyber security where it is being used to spot unusual behaviour. 

The integration of clouds with other emerging technology, such as edge computing and AI, will allow for more automation and personalisation in the way businesses are run. In addition, increasingly popular low-code and no-code models will lead to greater ease of use and allow companies to own the software they create.

Edge Computing

As the amount of data generated at the edge skyrockets with the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors, edge computing is quickly gaining prominence. By processing data closer to the source, edge computing reduces latency, conserves bandwidth, and enhances real-time decision-making capabilities. This makes it a powerful tool for further increasing the potential of cloud computing.

In the coming years, businesses should anticipate an increase of edge computing solutions across various industries. This will help fuel innovations in areas such as autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and industrial automation.

AI and Machine Learning Integration

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are already revolutionising IT infrastructure management and optimisation. AI-driven analytics and automation tools enhance the efficiency of IT operations by streamlining resource allocation. AI-powered cyber security solutions are also becoming indispensable in predicting and combating evolving threats, and safeguarding digital assets.

As ML and AI technologies continue to mature, they will soon permeate every layer of IT infrastructure. AI integration is fast becoming a fact of life within companies.

Blockchain as a Security Measure

While blockchain technology itself has existed for several years, businesses continue to find new applications for it that significantly improve their daily operations. Increasingly, it is being found useful as a cyber security tool, due to its decentralised and permanent nature. 

Once transaction information has been placed into a blockchain, it cannot be changed; this is especially useful in fields such as finance and accounting, where record keeping (and thus, verification of data) is significantly improved.

Advanced Cyber Security

With the escalating frequency and sophistication of cyber threats, cyber security has emerged as a top priority for organisations worldwide. As IT infrastructures become increasingly distributed and interconnected, more doorways open to cybercriminals. This necessitates robust security measures spanning endpoints, networks, applications, and data. Zero-trust security frameworks, encryption technologies, and automated threat detection and response are poised to play pivotal roles in fortifying IT infrastructures. 

As regulations become more stringent, advanced cyber security measures will continue to shape IT infrastructure strategies and investments.

Sustainability and Green IT

Due to growing environmental awareness, sustainability is affecting IT infrastructure planning and design – particularly in industries like construction, where energy use and waste are especially high. In addition to the importance of remaining compliant with regulations, sustainable IT provides a competitive advantage to businesses – it’s attractive to consumers

A common measure for reducing carbon footprint is optimising hardware and software to be more efficient. This inherently reduces the energy required. This principle applies to every area of IT infrastructure, and serves as a good rule of thumb: the lower and more efficient the energy consumption, the better it is for the planet. 

Given the overwhelming support for greener business practices within younger consumers, emphasis on sustainability in every area – including IT – will likely only continue to grow.

Take Control of Your IT Future

The technology discussed above can improve customer service, safeguard your business from attacks and data breaches, and vastly improve products and services. Embracing these trends and harnessing their potential will be instrumental in driving innovation, enabling digital transformation, and unlocking new opportunities. 

With the constant, large shifts in modern technology, it is more important than ever to have a plan for the future. Steadfast Solutions offers specialised managed IT, IT consulting, and IT support services tailored to your business, helping you prepare for the changes to come. Contact our tech experts for a consultation, and start your journey towards a safer future.