Cisco's top tech trends for 2015
This year will be the tipping point for the Internet of Everything
With the rapid growth in Internet connections around the world, and particularly in the Middle East, 2015 will be the tipping point for the Internet of Everything: people, processes, data, and things linking together to make connections more relevant and valuable than ever before.
The number of global connected objects will grow from 50 billion in 2020 to 500 billion in 2030.
Middle East organisations are among the world's most adept at deploying technology solutions that make the Internet of Everything come to life. Virtual offices, connected education, and advanced healthcare are all moving to mobile apps, whose data will be stored on the cloud.
As a result, the Middle East and Africa is set to post the world's highest cloud traffic growth rate, increasing more than eight-fold from 31 exabytes in 2013 to 262 exabytes in 2018, according to theCisco Global Cloud Index.
Thanks to the Internet of Everything, Middle East organisations are seeing a massive increase in the types and amount of data generated - called big data. Middle East organisations are eager to capture, manage, and analyse big data to drive new insights into business processes and customer insights.
As mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have become more affordable, we're seeing a massive rise in mobility across the Middle East and Africa, with the uptake of IPv6-capable smartphones and tablets soaring from 133 million in 2013 to 598 million by 2018. Wearable devices will explode from 700,000 in 2013 to 8 million in 2018.
However, this rise in connectivity is expanding the threat landscape - with cyber-criminals increasingly attacking Internet infrastructure rather than computers or devices, with password and credential theft, hidden-in-plain-sight infiltrations, and breaching and stealing data.
Total global threat alerts increased 14% year-on-year from 2012 to 2013, their highest-ever level, according to the Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report.
The Middle East's increasing mobile devices, faster broadband, and more video are leading to rapid adoption of interoperable, scalable, and cost-effective video collaboration solutions, especially in education, healthcare, and government services.
As a result, in the wider MEA region, IP video traffic will grow seven-fold from 2013 to 2018, while Internet video traffic will grow eight-fold from 2013 to 2018. Meanwhile, schools are being ‘flipped', so students watch video lectures at home, then collaborate with mobile devices in the classroom. And hospitals use video to deploy care-at-distance with patients in rural areas, and to have virtual diagnoses with healthcare specialists halfway around the world.
Whether you predict the future, whether through a crystal ball or by crowdsourcing, it's clear the Internet of Everything will impact our daily lives in unprecedented ways in 2015.