Are Businesses Prepared For New Computing Devices?

Enterprise Consumer TechnologyWearable devices and smartphones have been among the hottest consumer electronics in the world throughout the past several years, but purely mobile gadgets are far from being the only ones entering into the average workplace. Rather, an entire line of next-generation computing devices, mobile or otherwise, are being adopted and purchased by consumers today, then quickly become preferred gadgets through which work can be done in the office. 

As such, the more demanding aspects of these tools related to their impact on network bandwidth requirements and infrastructure performances mean that companies need to make proactive changes to their own systems to ensure that all users are supported. A report indicated that the personal computer is really beginning to fade out of existence, and a new type of device is taking its place even more quickly than tablets and smartphones. 

Hybrid Takes Over

Gartner recently reported that hybrid devices now take up roughly 12 percent of all personal computer sales, and that 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 options appear to be the most popular around. The analysts predicted 21.5 million units will be shipped this year, which is roughly 70 percent higher than 2014, with hybrid ultramobiles being the most prolific segment of the global marketplace. 

Again, these types of devices will have a much different impact and set of demands on backend infrastructure than standard personal computers, and businesses need to understand that the hybrid gadgets will undoubtedly enter their workplace before long. 

“The combination of portability, productivity and flexibility of touch and a keyboard in one device is attracting some notebook and tablet users to replace their devices with hybrid form factors,” Gartner Research Director Tracy Tsai explained. “PC vendors are expanding into this segment with a value proposition to compete with Apple and Android-based tablet vendors. Sales of hybrid devices have not stopped growing since 2012, totaling 12.6 million units in 2014 and expected to reach 58 million units in 2019.”

With respect to device makers leading the way in this market, Gartner pointed to Asus, Lenovo, HP and Microsoft, while others are beginning to challenge the giants in this space with greater success. Supporting and enabling these devices will be difficult without modern infrastructure in place, but remedies are easily identifiable today. 

The Path Forward

Again, it might be difficult to really wrap one’s head around the sheer explosiveness of the device manufacturing market today, but IT professionals and business leaders need to work hard to gain an understanding as soon as possible. More diverse devices and a much higher volume of users accessing backend infrastructure from a variety of locations will spell downtime and disaster should the firm had not fortified its storage, network bandwidth and other IT capacities proactively. 

Colocation and cloud services are often the best options to get the job done in these regards, and can boost the elasticity of IT so as to not spend too much or too little on increased infrastructure-based power. 

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