Remember how crazy 2016 was? Remember when we thought 2017 couldn’t be any crazier? Well, it turns out it too was a wild year in pop culture, politics, sports and, of course, technology. 2017 saw Dyn officially become part of Oracle and, as a result, 2018 should be pretty exciting. As is our tradition, we asked some of our best and brightest to share what they think might happen on the internet and in technology in 2018.
“The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires compliance by 25 May, 2018. Many international organizations have not really embraced the Regulation, and so are now scrambling to comply.
“Compliance scrambles are an excellent time for security mistakes to be made, and so I predict that at least one newsworthy data breach will happen because of efforts that were undertaken to comply with the GDPR. The fact that that was the root cause will probably not get reported, either because the organization with the breach will not tell anyone or because it will fail itself to realise what happened.
“Some companies will struggle to make the date in Europe, and partial functionality losses are likely through the middle of 2018 in some markets as vendors try to avoid paying big penalties.
“Some EU-based domain name registrars will have a hard time conforming to the regulations, and some site operators will have a hard time with domain name operations and blacklists because of information disappearing from whois.”
Andrew Sullivan, Fellow
“Enterprise IT accelerates it’s move to Cloud (SAAS, PAAS, IAAS) even for core applications. This trend is driven by growing maturity of Cloud offerings, the lure of innovation driven by Cloud (IoT, AI, Digital Transformation, Direct to Customer…) and the desire of IT to move out of “operate” mode to “innovate” mode. Key to enabling this trend is robust and easy to integrate Security/Compliance services, on-demand capacity, data & application separation, automated resilience and performance.
“AI/ML become cornerstone of new services and products. Any service that collects and leverages data will start applying AI/ML to provide automated predictive action, pattern recognition and anomaly detection. This spans all application and infrastructure spaces- sales/marketing automation, adTech, HR, Finance, Supply Chain, transportation, healthcare, energy, security, networking, media…”
Scott Hilton, GM & VP, Product Development
“Nationwide Internet shutdowns have become all too frequent over the last several years, often associated with election-related protests or violence. In many cases, these shutdowns have occurred in countries with state-controlled telecommunications infrastructure and/or limited international Internet connectivity. However, in 2018 I think that we’ll see at least one successful government-directed nationwide Internet shutdown in a country without centrally-controlled Internet infrastructure that has more distributed international Internet connectivity.
“Despite efforts, initiatives, and standards intended to mitigate their impact, in 2018 we’ll continue to see major route leaks wreak havoc on the Internet. Similar to what happened in 2017, connectivity to major Web sites and entire countries will be disrupted. However, at least one of these events will be significant enough to drive both increased participation in MANRS by network service providers around the world, as well as broader adoption of the measures defined by MANRS.
“Also, 2018 will be the year that the Associated Press will see the error of their ways, and will return to capitalizing “Internet” and “Web”, and add the hyphen back into “e-mail”. :)”
David Belson, Senior Director of Internet Research and Analysis
The root KSK rollover gets bumped again. And again. And again.
“Whilst ICANN made the right call in moving the KSK rollover in the face of possible widespread failure, it is quite apparent that global resolvers do not have adequate incentive to make proactive changes to their resolution behaviors. They do so only when things break, and ICANN has a mandate to not break things. So ISPs will get right on the rollover… right after they finish BCP 38 deployment.”
Matt Torrisi, Senior Solutions Engineer
“Edge security, fault tolerance and speed will showcase its importance as organizations begin to fully adopt SD-WAN. This will allow legacy workloads removed (finally) from their architecture and redeployed on fast PaaS Application front-ends. We will begin seeing cloud native companies leapfrog traditional IT organizations deploying disruptive AI & Blockchain technology practices while others watch on the sidelines.”
Gary Sloper, Senior Director, Global Sales Engineering & Customer Success
“Blockchain will continue to be on the rise acting as a disruptor in many areas of technology. This ultimately will drive change and innovation in many areas. In the more immediate Blockchain is poised to provide a viable alternative to incumbent payment processing and settlement technologies, with the ability to provide near instant transactions/settlements across the globe.”
Jarrod Meschino, Senior Solutions Engineer
The battle of the cloud ecosystem
“As cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IAAS) and software-as-a-service (SAAS) vendors roll out new features, regions, and functionality at hyper speed, a battle over the ‘ecosystems’ emerges.
“The future of IT infrastructure is obvious: the vast bulk of it will move to multi-tenant public cloud providers. The gains in functionality/security/performance and reduction in operating cost and scope by shutting down datacenters is too valuable for any consumer of datacenter services to ignore. Virtually every company is examining or has already launched a cloud strategy with the goal of reducing cost while increasing functionality.
“But where will these cloud dollars wind up spent?
“Each cloud vendor wants the client dollars and loyalty for their compute, storage, database, network, security, edge services, and advanced services like AI and machine learning. These IAAS platforms that offer everything are the future ‘ecosystems’ of the internet… And competition for ecosystem dominance is already tough!
“To encourage client ‘loyalty’, vendors roll out proprietary services and encourage ‘lock in’ to their platform. In 2018 we will see fewer than ten cloud vendors pull away from the pack to become the dominant IAAS destination where customer infrastructure resources and dollars. These vendors all will be rolling out features at a fast clip, engaging integrators, and aggressively pursuing direct customers with the goal to locking them in to their vendor ecosystem of cloud functionality, APIs, features, etc.
“Savvy users will load balance multiple cloud providers to achieve optimal performance, security, reliability, and cost. However on the vendor side- they will all be engaged in a fierce battle of the cloud ecosystems!”
Steve Lerner, Senior Cloud Product Specialist
A significant cryptocurrency collapses when a flaw in the protocol itself is exploited (as opposed to a flaw in use of the protocol as happened with Ethereum in 2016).
A major social networking site speeds up performance by incorporating peer-to-peer data propagation.
Richard Gibson, Architect
“It’s the year of security in the cloud (SaaS, PaaS & IaaS). It’ll no longer be acceptable for cloud vendors to not offer highest level SLAs, industry leading compliance and security operations center (SOC) access for enterprises. It’ll also be the end of shadow IT as the CIO/CTO/CFO orgs create process and policy to thwart this reckless product adoption and buying behavior.
“The vendor landscape will continue to collapse with major acquisitions continued in 2018 across all technology sectors. You simply can’t trust your businesses future to a cloud that compromises security as a core competency and to staff who take it lightly. I truly believe, with a few more large scale Internet effecting events, security notably in cloud infrastructure and Internet performance, is finally top of mind and a necessity for all businesses.”
Kyle York, GM & VP, Business & Product Strategy