Teckedin - 2023 Curated Analysis, Surveys, Trends and Reports
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sdxCentral - Forrester Finds Enterprises Will Focus on Resiliency in Face of Recession
That said, the firm said virtual machine (VM)-centered workloads should now be regarded as legacy,” and anticipates 40% of organizations will take a cloud-native-first strategy this year. Many are expected to also increase investment in K8s as a distributed compute backbone for current applications and new workloads that can be run more efficiently in K8s’ environments.
IT Management
Computerworld - Big banks' proposed digital wallet payment system likely to fail
The system will be managed by Zelle’s parent company, Early Warning Services LLC (EWS). It will have about 150 million Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards connected at launch, with plans to add other card networks later, according to an EWS blog.
FinTech
VentureBeat - Making security invisible with adaptive access management
With every organization obsessed with speed as a competitive differentiator, it is no wonder that CIOs are tasked with streamlining login and system access user experiences. When security measures are fast and seamless, users are much more likely to embrace them, contributing to, rather than detracting from, speed and accelerated response.
Securty
Computerworld - Tech jobs dominate the top 25 'best' jobs in the US, Indeed says
Online job site Indeed this week released its list of the 25 best jobs in the US, and the top slot went to full stack developer, which offers a median annual salary of $130,000 and allows for a mostly remote or hybrid workplace.
Tech Jobs
sdxCentral - ISG Launches SDN Study to Shape Enterprise Network Strategy
“A change is evident in how enterprises purchase networks,” Basu told SDxCentral in an email. “ISG is witnessing a tendency to shift toward the concept of network-as-a-service (or network as a subscription) among enterprises, which can sidestep heavy [capital expense].”
Network Management
VentureBeat - What the FBI’s Hive takedown means for the ransomware economy 
“The real challenge lies in the protection racket that exists between the cybercrime cartels and the Russian regime, which endows them with untouchable status from western law enforcement."
Security
Datanami - IDC Survey Finds Data Sovereignty and Compliance Issues Shaping IT Decisions
Almost half the respondents (48%) to IDC’s Cloud Pulse 2Q22 survey (n=1350) say that data sovereignty and industry compliance have factored highly in discussions about their future IT architectures. And just 4% of respondents believe their IT organizations will not be impacted by data sovereignty and compliance considerations.
Data Management
AiThority - Understanding AIOps and Its Impact on Cybersecurity Management
In the current scenario, AIOps are the need of the hour, especially as the pandemic ushered in a lot of changes in the working style. Today, some companies are completely remote and some are following the hybrid working model, in either case, businesses are under tremendous pressure to detect data anomalies, critical issues, and multiple service interruptions.
IT Management
Blocks & Files - A block data migration specialist talks about … block data migration
Typically, you use block migration tools for block data and file migration tools for file data. That said, there are exceptions to this rule depending on the desired outcome.
Data Storage
Datanami - GigaOm Report Reveals Advantages of Modern Approach to Data Access Control
Immuta required just eight policy changes to accomplish the same security objectives compared to 745 policy changes with legacy role-based access control (RBAC) used by other data security platforms, representing a 92x improvement.
Data Management
sdxCentral - SecurityGen Talks Top 5G Network Security Priorities
Last week, SecurityGen released its top five priorities for telecom operators in 2023. Its council boiled down to a memorandum for telcos: Because operators are such high-target entities for ransomware, they must take a more hands-on and collaborative approach in addressing the security threats of openly integrated – and moreover nonstandalone – 5G technology.
Security
VentureBeat - Why leveraging privacy-enhancing tech advances consumer data privacy and protection
However, despite the many benefits that insights from location data provide, to the average person, consumer data privacy remains a top concern. This often leaves businesses struggling to achieve the fine balance between using data to uncover meaningful insights while ensuring consumer privacy.
Data Privacy
ZDNet - Technology spending will rise next year. And this old favourite is still a top priority
In short, digital leaders believe an investment in technology – whether that's on-demand IT, data analytics or automation – will help their organisations deal with what's already a hugely challenging business environment.
Tech Trends
VentureBeat - IBM: Quantum computing poses an ‘existential threat’ to data encryption 
The report argues that quantum computing poses an “existential risk” to classical computer encryption protocols, and notes that cybercriminals are potentially already exfiltrating encrypted data with the intention of decrypting it once quantum computers advance as part of “harvest now, decrypt layer attacks.”
Data Protection
VentureBeat - T-Mobile data breach shows API security can’t be ignored
With cloud adoption increasing dramatically over the past few years, analysts have long warned enterprises that a tidal wave of API exploitation has been brewing. Back in 2021, Gartner predicted that in 2023, API abuse would move from infrequent to the most frequent attack vector.
Security
Networld World - Pros and cons of managed SASE
Managed SASE can be appealing for enterprises that want a single provider for deployment and management of WAN and security infrastructure, but there can be tradeoffs depending on provider flexibility, platform interoperability, and cost.
Network Management
SiliconANGLE - Uber, Walmart and others set out to redefine the modern cloud data stack
Most applications today codify forms or business processes. But there is growing momentum behind application tools in the cloud that can orchestrate people, places or things. An example of this can be seen in the work of dbt Labs, a Philadelphia-based data analytics startup that is creating a development framework built on the modern data stack. By adding a semantic layer to describe data, dbt Labs is seeking to build new bridges between data science and data analytics.
Data & Analytics
sdxCentral - GlobalData: Zero Trust Will Gain Traction in 2023
Bicknell also expects a zero-trust officer role to emerge at organizations to “coax, cajole, and bully companies on their zero-trust journey.
Security
Network World - IT to shoulder more responsibility for data center sustainability
Cutting-edge server chips are turning heads for their potential to boost performance, but next-generation processors also run hotter than older designs, and data-center operators will struggle to figure out what to do with limited guidance from chip makers.
Sustainability
VentureBeat - How to get started with intelligent automation
Process mining, which is technology for discovering, optimizing, and monitoring processes, is proving to be an ideal starting place for businesses ready to embrace automation and begin their digital transformation journeys.
Automation & Productivity
Blocks & Files - Iron Mountain on getting rid of storage junk
“Secure disposal practices start with strong data protection and asset management practices – drives should be encrypted, tracked, and maintained via tags tied to an inventory system."
Data Storage
AiThority - Key Trends Driven by Data and Computing in 2023
“Observable” data include key digitized artifacts, such as logs, traces, API calls, dwell time, downloads and file transfers, that appear when any stakeholder takes any kind of action."
Data & Analytics
SiliconANGLE - Analysts anticipate next wave of innovation from new breed of data applications 
“Keep your eye on this North Star, where instead of building apps that are based on code, you’re building apps that are defined by data coming off things that are linked to the real world, like people, places, things and activities,” Gilbert said. “Amazon.com is defined by stuff coming off data in the Amazon ecosystem or Marketplace.”
Emerging Tech
Networld World - T-Mobile, Xfinity are tops in latest Ookla speed test report
The median download speed for T-Mobile customers, Ookla said, reached over 151Mbps, marking a sharp increase from the company’s 116Mbps mark in the previous quarter, which was already good enough to make T-Mobile the fastest mobile carrier by a distance.
5G
AiThority - The A-Z on Transforming Content: What is Generative AI?
Generative AI also known as GI, brings together the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to create and personalize short as well as long-form content. With the constant technological evolution, GI’s approach has also explored a variety of machine learning techniques including deep learning, Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), and transformers.
Artificial Intelligence
Blocks & Files - Toshiba exec says SSDs can never replace HDDs
“259 million HDDs were shipped last year – a case in point. Their total capacity reached 1.338 zettabytes, an increase of almost one-third compared to 2020. Never before have HDDs been shipped with more combined storage capacity.”
Data Storage
SiliconANGLE - ChatGPT won’t give OpenAI sustainable first-mover advantage
You’ve got the big cloud and internet giants all poised to go after this opportunity. Microsoft investing up to $10 billion, and Google has evidently sounded the code red. There’s Apple, of course, and several alternatives on the market today such as Chinchilla, Bloom or Jasper.
Artificial Intelligence
sdxCentral - 7 Layers: FortiGuard Labs Sees Nation-State Actors, Cybercriminals Colluding
Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs recently released its predictions for 2023, highlighting the trend of advanced persistent cybercrime enabling a new wave of destructive attacks at scale and fueled by cybercrime-as-a-service.
Security
SiliconANGLE - Supercloud debate offers insight into key choices confronting enterprise IT 
“It all works great as long as you are in one platform,” Mohan said. “But if your primary goal is to choose the most cost-effective service irrespective of which cloud it sits in, then things start falling sideways. How do I move my workload from one platform to another platform? That tooling does not exist.”
IT Management
AiThority - How AI Is Becoming the Next Frontier in Cybersecurity
Novel viruses often known as zero-day threats infiltrate data centers before the security team can widely circulate updated signatures. The problem security teams face today is traditional cyber applications are not able to update malware signatures quickly enough.
Security
sdxCentral - How Economic Downturn Adds Complications to CISO Role
“The role of the CISO has been growing in importance for a while now as companies increasingly recognize the importance of securing their data,” Kapoor told SDxCentral in an email. “It is one of the hardest jobs in IT, where the number of job responsibilities and the importance of said responsibilities keep increasing.”
Security
SiliconANGLE - Gartner sees robust IT spending growth in 2023 
Spending on data center systems, which leaped 12% in 2022, will see the biggest slowdown this year, with growth expected to fall to just 0.7%. Spending on software is expected to jump 9.3%, with IT services growing a healthy 5.5%. Overall IT spending will be dragged down the most by a decline in spending on devices, which more buyers than expected have opted to keep in their pockets rather than replace this year.
IT Management
Blocks & Files - Data management is still human labor for most Register readers
The report, Data Management is Still Manual Labor for Most Register Readers, looked at three general topics: storage tiers and data placement; on-premises and public cloud data movement; and use of data warehouses and lakes.
Data Management
SiliconANGLE - Supercloud2 explores cloud practitioner realities and the future of data apps
But creating a consistent experience across clouds and on-prem estates has been an elusive capability for most organizations, forcing tradeoffs and injecting friction into the system. The need to create seamless experiences is clear and the technology industry is starting to respond with platforms, architectures and visions of what we’ve called supercloud.
Cloud
Datanami - Growing Developer Skills Expand US Market for AWS: ISG
Google and Microsoft are challenging AWS by introducing highly advanced tools for analytics, AI and machine learning in the cloud, ISG says. These offerings, including tools from Google’s DeepMind and Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI, often enter the mix first in the U.S., traditionally an early adopter of cloud technologies.
Training
SiliconANGLE - Supercloud forecast: the new data architecture requirements 
“From there, thought about rethinking database architectures and file formats so that we can take each one of these services and bring them together, whether distributed or centrally, such that customers can access and get answers — whether it’s operational data, whether it’s business data, AKA search or SQL.”
Data & Analytics
AiThority - The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Email Customer Service
In addition to chatbots and predictive analytics, AI is also being used to automate more complex customer service tasks, such as email categorization and prioritization, and even the generation of personalized signatures through an email signature creator.
Automation & Productivity
Computerworld - Gen Zers and Millennials split over the appeal of remote work
The study found that about half (49%) of millennials surveyed want to work fully remote, whereas only 27% of Generation Z (Gen Zers) feel the same way; they're much more likely than average “to be seeking in-person” work opportunities. Oddly, Gen X and baby boomers felt less impassioned about remote options. Only 40% of either group indicated  “their ideal workplace setting” should be remote.
Automation & Productivity
eWeek - Tech Predictions for 2023: AI, Cloud, Edge, Cybersecurity, and More
Artificial intelligence: The stunning debut of ChatGPT in November put us on notice: AI is growing exponentially, offering a toolset (for free!) that would’ve been sci-fi not that long ago.
Tech Trends
VentureBeat - Google’s Muse model could be the next big thing for generative AI
Muse leverages conditioning on pretrained language models used in prior work, as well as the idea of cascading models, which it borrows from Imagen. One of the interesting differences between Muse and other similar models is generating discrete tokens instead of pixel-level representations, which makes the model’s output much more stable.
Artificial Intelligence
TechRepublic - Securing the edge begins with securing IoT devices
IoT is vulnerable to security attacks because many IoT device manufacturers fail to install adequate security on their devices. Many of these devices have been developed by startup companies that are focused on getting their offerings quickly to market, even if security and governance are skipped.
Security
SiliconANGLE - Analysts forecast key enterprise data trends for 2023
“It’s really a three-to-five-year time period that graph databases will become significant,” Olofson said. “They still need accepted methodologies that can be applied in a business context, as well as proper tools for people to use them seriously. But I stand by the idea that it is taking off because Neo4j, which is the leading independent graph database provider, had a very good year.”
Data & Analytics
VentureBeat - OpenAI, Georgetown, Stanford study finds LLMs can boost public opinion manipulation
For example, adversaries can use LLMs to create dynamic personalized content at scale or create conversational interfaces like chatbots that can directly interact with many people simultaneously. The ability of LLMs to produce original content will also make it easier for actors to conceal their influence campaigns.
Artificial Intelligence
Computerworld - Microsoft aims to improve OKR adoption with Viva Goals integrations
In order to improve the level of understanding and foster a greater sense of cohesion around goal setting, Microsoft has announced it is enhancing Viva Goals integration with the company's Teams collaboration software. This will allow leaders and employees to receive notifications around OKR activity, bring goal-setting into conversations, and create, edit, and make check-ins to OKRs directly in a Teams chat.
Automation & Productivity
Datanami - IDC: Spending on Cloud Infrastructure Continues Strong Growth in Q3 2022
Spending on shared cloud infrastructure reached $16.8 billion in the quarter, increasing 24.4% compared to a year ago. IDC expects to see continuous strong demand for shared cloud infrastructure with spending expected to surpass non-cloud infrastructure spending in 2023.
Cloud
ZDNet - Metaverse minus the headset: A deeper look at Lenovo's Project Chronos
There was also an intriguing announcement from Lenovo -- Project Chronos, a camera-based full body motion-capture system that allows you to animate an avatar in the metaverse without the need for a headset or other wearable sensors.  
Metaverse
VentureBeat - 3 factors that can ensure zero trust success
The first factor is overall complexity. It is often noted that complexity is the enemy of security. Overly complex and difficult solutions and policies make security unusable and promote workarounds that circumvent the solution or practice. The old Post-It notes with passwords on the side of an employee’s monitor as a way to deal with stringent password policies used to be a good example of this.
Security
Computerworld - The productivity promise (and perils) of generative AI
But much like searching on the web, you need to develop skills for these tools so you can word a command or query that quickly delivers the result you want. Without that skill, you’ll struggle — either because you haven’t taken the time to fully detail your query or you don’t know how to properly word it.
Artificial Intelligence
VentureBeat - AWS security heads offer top cybersecurity predictions for 2023
“MFA [multifactor authentication] adoption will continue to grow for both business and personal use, including increased use of biometric forms of authentication that improve security and convenience (that is, unlocking devices with a fingerprint or face identification).
Security
Network World - 7 ways to secure backup data 
Encrypted backup data cannot be used to extort your company. Attackers might be able to exfiltrate it, but it will be useless without the keys. Encryption technology has evolved to a point that this can be handled with relative ease, allowing you to encrypt all backups wherever they are stored.
Security
sdxCentral - Dell CTO: We Can Demonstrate ‘Zero Trust Is Actually Real’
The center is designed to provide a secure data center for organizations to test configurations and validate zero-trust use cases, which allows organizations to test configurations based on the Department of Defense (DoD) Zero Trust Reference Architecture before deployment into their own environments.
Security
Network World - What to expect from SASE certifications
Compared to other networking certifications, like the CCNA, which is more about how to operate the technology, Cato’s SASE and SSE certifications are high-level overviews. “Our certification is more about what SASE and SSE mean, what are the implications, and what it means to different IT teams,”
Tech Certs
ZDNet - Hackers are using this old trick to dodge security protections 
Scattered Spider is a financially motivated cybercrime operation, which researchers say takes particular interest in telecoms and the business outsourcing sectors, with the objective of gaining access to mobile carrier networks.
Security
sdxCentral - Low-Code Security Requires Shared Responsibility Model
The LCNC market is so successful because of its its naturally faster speed of application development and deployment. “There is one stakeholder that can do everything from thinking about the need to solving the need [on] their own,” he said. That doesn’t mean, however, that those citizen developers or business technologists should be solely responsible for the security risks posed by low-code application development.
Security
AiThority - How Much is Tech Actually Costing You? Understanding the True Cost of Ownership
Many companies use the latest technology to be as efficient and competitive as possible, but research indicates a good number of them may be wasting money on tech. One study by Gartner, a global research and advisory firm, found that companies spend $13,000 per employee annually on software as a service (SaaS), but $4,000 is unnecessary due to overlapping solutions.
IT Management
Network World - 8 hot networking technologies for 2023
Unified Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) tightly integrates security and networking into a single platform. The technology uses a single-pass scanning architecture combined with a unified policy that's configured via a unified console that draws from a unified data lake.
Network Management
Computerworld - Your next job recruiter might be an AI bot
As many as 49% of candidates turn down a job offer because of poor recruiting, according to PwC's Future of Recruiting survey. Along with improving the candidate interview experience, organizations need higher quality candidates who are also more likely to remain, and they're turning to AI to find, cull, and woo job candidates.
Tech Jobs
sdxCentral - VMware: Customers Want ‘Open Architecture’ SASE
“Or said differently, to minimize the inefficiencies of two vendors, enterprises are asking SD-WAN and SSE partners to collaborate to achieve a tight integration across both management and data planes. This gives the enterprise more options on how they start their journey to a single vendor SASE architecture.”
IT Management
VentureBeat - How upskilling and training providers help close the cybersecurity skills gap
One of Hack the Box’s main competitors in the market is Immersive Labs, which raised $66 million in funding in October 2022, and offers security teams a platform for continually testing and measuring cyber resilience, with defensive and offensive upskilling training content and exercises tailored toward executive, cybersecurity, and risk and compliance teams.
Security
Datanami - Neutronian Releases Expanded Q1 2023 Data Privacy Scores Rankings List
For the first time, Neutronian has included the top 800 publisher domains in the rankings (including NYTimes.com, Pinterest, Yahoo, NBC, CBS, and Conde Nast) to highlight the level of data privacy on sites where digital campaigns are running.
Data Privacy
VentureBeat - AI may be red-hot, but Scale AI layoffs send shivers
But last night, an Insider’s report that the unicorn company had laid off 20% of its 700-person staff sent shivers down the spines of those who thought AI was generally immune to the current wave of tech layoffs — especially at this red-hot AI moment when news that Microsoft is reportedly in talks to invest $10 billion in OpenAI and buzzy generative AI startups like Jasper and Stability AI are boasting over $100 million raises.
Artificial Intelligence
sdxCentral - Axis Promotes Public Cloud as SSE Priority
While Hines said the term “hybrid” has been overused in the market, the new reality of dispersed users and more branch locations can’t be ignored. “All those branches, they all have different levels of needs — some have users, some have printers and IoT devices,” he added. “The whole reality here is you’re not going to have to require a full SD-WAN or network stack at every single location.”
IT Management
VentureBeat - How ChatGPT in Microsoft Office could change the workplace | The AI Beat
The stream of Microsoft news made me wonder: How would these apps-on-steroids, used by billions of companies globally, change how we work? Especially once Google gets fully in the game, integrating its own generative AI capabilities into Google Workspace? Will AI become as mundane in our day-to-day work lives as the humble spreadsheet?
Automation & Productivity
ZDNet - People are already trying to get ChatGPT to write malware 
"Threat actors with very low technical knowledge - up to zero tech knowledge - could be able to create malicious tools. It could also make the day-to-day operations of sophisticated cybercriminals much more efficient and easier - like creating different parts of the infection chain,"
Security
eWeek - The AI Market: An Overview
IDC predicts the worldwide AI market, including software, hardware, and services, will grow from $327.5 billion in 2021 to $554.3 billion in 2024 with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.5%.
Artificial Intelligence
sdxCentral - Where Is Edge Headed in 2023?
The hybrid workplace has been adopted globally, allowing millions of employees to work from any location and making edge technology implementation a top priority. As such, Gartner estimates that three-quarters of enterprise-related data will be created and processed at the edge by 2025.
Edge Computing
VentureBeat - Ransomware attacks dropped 61% last year, but orgs can’t be complacent
One such sign of complacency is the decrease in the number of organizations with incident response plans, dropping from 94% to 71%, which could make these companies less effective at responding to data beaches, and give threat actors more opportunities to exfiltrate critical data assets.
Security
Computerworld - This lawsuit against Microsoft could change the future of AI
But there's a dirty little secret at the core of AI — intellectual property theft. To do its work, AI needs to constantly ingest data, lots of it. Think of it as the monster plant Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, constantly crying out “Feed me!” Detractors say AI is violating intellectual property laws by hoovering up information without getting the rights to it, and that things will only get worse from here.
AI Ethics
VentureBeat - Report: 85% of demand-generation campaigns involve chatbots
The State of Chatbots in B2B Demand Generation report reveals that marketers have also found great success using chatbots to generate new leads, help educate prospects about their company’s products and services, segment their audience base, build stronger customer relationships, qualify leads for their sales team, and more.
Marketing Tech
sdxCentral - Too Soon to Invest in Wi-Fi 6E, Gartner Says
Despite growing enterprise investment in Wi-Fi 6E infrastructure, most end-user devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones are still limited to 802.11ac and 802.11ax, and cannot use the 6 GHz spectrum quite yet.
Network Management
Blocks & Files - VMware and Nutanix still dominating HCI market
As before, VMware leads in revenue and market share ($982.3 million, 41.5 percent) followed by Nutanix ($581.2 million, 24.6 percent) with Huawei, Cisco and HPE distantly behind.
Data Storage
VentureBeat - Director of data analytics: Role and key skill requirements
A data analytics director must first be a data analyst conversant in creating, maintaining, improving and correctly integrating analytical tools and processes across an organization’s internal departments.
Tech Jobs
SiliconANGLE - CIOs are in a holding pattern – but ready to strike at data monetization 
The bottom line is, for the moment at least, the mindset is not to cut everything, rather it’s to put a pause on cleaning up legacy hairballs and continue to fund initiatives to drive monetization. Cloud has become fundamental and getting data “right” is a consistent theme that appears to be an underpinning of initiatives getting funded today.
Data & Analytics
sdxCentral - How to Build Successful Data Stacks
Companies using a multi-tool systems environment are struggling to keep pace because they’re managing a tangle of single-function systems that weren’t designed to work together. Businesses are reaching their breaking point as they tire of assembling and managing upstack tools and not seeing enough returns on those investments.
Data Management
Network World - Work from home is here to stay, so how should IT adjust? 
Migrating from hardware-centric, on-premises systems to cloud-based services helps organizations scale in order to handle a remote workforce, but IT execs should beware that this type of shift often moves problems around, rather than eliminating them altogether, or creates new ones.
IT Management
TechRepublic - Data ingestion vs. ETL: How are they different?
Data ingestion is an umbrella term for the processes and tools that move data from one place to another for further processing and analysis. It typically involves transporting some or all data from external sources to internal target locations.
Data Management
AiThority - Applications of Data Science & Machine Learning (DS/ML)
This list is far from comprehensive – in general, DS/ML is almost omnipresent in our daily lives, with countless iterations impacting almost everything we do. The popularity of DS/ML models shows no sign of slowing, and inevitably will become increasingly integrated into our daily lives until we barely remember life before it.
Machine Learning
VentureBeat - ChatGPT and the unbundling of online search
There are several reasons to believe that a ChatGPT-powered Bing (or any other search engine) will not seriously threaten Google’s search near-monopoly. LLMs have several critical problems to solve before they can make a dent in the online search industry.
Automation & Productivity
SiliconANGLE - Enterprise support for the metaverse flourishes at this year’s CES 
Earlier this week, Accenture PLC released research findings during CES that showed more than half of consumers surveyed view the metaverse as a business opportunity and 88% of C-suite executives believe the metaverse will have an important role in their organizations’ future growth.
Metaverse
VentureBeat - Why cloud observability will be critical in 2023
Over the past decade, there has been a solid push to increase agility in enterprise IT to support the digitization of business processes and services. This trend has led to various technological innovations, such as infrastructure virtualization and containerization. However, traditional IT monitoring tools need to be equipped to handle the complexity and vast amount of telemetry data that come with deploying new containerized microservices.
Cloud
Storage.com - Opinion of Storage Vendors on 2022 Market
Flexible storage consumption models have been top of the agendas for most CIOs and IT leaders for a few years now. But 2022 was the year when the discerning CIO was quick to spot the difference between a product on subscription and a true service. Customers recognized and firmly rejected legacy financial leasing models dressed as STaaS).
Data Storage
VentureBeat - Why IAM’s identity-first security is core to zero trust
Two core areas of the zero trust framework — enforcing least privileged access and implementing segmentation — are challenging, as enterprises are seeing huge growth in machine identities. These machine identities (such as bots, robots, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices) on organizational networks are increasing at twice the rate of human identities.
Security
Computerworld - How many jobs are available in technology in the US?
CompTIA’s analysis also showed that 30% of all tech jobs postings are for positions in emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, or in roles requiring emerging tech skills.
Tech Jobs
VentureBeat - Top AI conference bans ChatGPT in paper submissions (and why it matters)
It didn’t take long for a brisk social media debate to brew, in what may be a perfect example of what businesses, organizations and institutions of all shapes and sizes, across verticals, will have to grapple with going forward: How will humans deal with the rise of large language models that can help communicate — or borrow, or expand on, or plagiarize, depending on your point of view — ideas?
Artificial Intelligence
Blocks & Files - Pure Storage on its predictions for 2023
"The benefits of flash for data storage are undeniable – it has until now been largely a question of cost, and what workloads a customer has justify the additional cost for flash.  To bridge that gap, customers have had to make tradeoffs, or manage tiering between flash and disk to save costs."

Data Storage
sdxCentral - Cisco, Aruba, Juniper Among Gartner LAN Leaders
Gartner again gave a nod to Cisco, Extreme Networks, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)/Aruba, and Juniper Networks as leaders in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure, with Huawei joining that list for the first time
Network Management
Network World - Cloud providers should unify virtual networking and SD-WAN
Traditional VPNs based on MPLS require usage of border gateway protocol (BGP), routers, and often some form of carrier Ethernet access, all of which can drive small-site connection costs so high that CFOs cringe at any suggestion that the sites should be on the company network. But, as worker empowerment through application and data access became more important to businesses, they were trapped.  So along came SD-WAN.
Network Management
AiThority - “Evolve or Die”: AWS Re:Invent Delivers Inspiration in a Cost-Conscious Environment
In the past, AWS has been reluctant to tell its customers how they should use the ever-growing functionalities of the cloud. They leave it to internal teams to discern the best way to leverage the vast library of AWS services. But it may be time for AWS to be more opinionated. For instance, customers now can select from about 600 instance types
Cloud
sdxCentral - Top SASE Execs Make 2023 Predictions
Gartner also announced its single-vendor SASE leaders. The firm’s definition specifies that a complete SASE offering combines network edge capabilities like SD-WAN, and a set of cloud-centric security service edge (SSE) capabilities, including secure web access gateway (SWG), cloud access security broker (CASB), firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS), and zero-trust network access (ZTNA).
Security
AiThority - Edge Adoption is Growing Across Industries—Here’s Why
The Edge OT are the advanced computing devices that will power the smart factory by managing machines and equipment focused on advanced analytics, maintenance and augmented reality, and is projected to grow by as much as 13%.
Edge Computing
Blocks & Files - Opinion: Online disk archives are just wrong
In other words, an active archive covers non-primary data, meaning secondary (nearline) and tertiary (offline) data with no mention of online media being restricted to caching. The AAA is saying you can have an online archive.
Data Storage
Datanami - CelerData Cofounder and CEO Identifies Cloud and Real-Time Analytics Predictions for 2023
“Cloud costs, consumption models, and ROI will come under the microscope as organizations look for ways to tighten spending in light of economic uncertainty. In response, many cloud vendors will become more creative in product development, service offering, and pricing structure in an effort to retain existing customers and become more competitive for new business.”
Cloud
Computerworld - Raises for some IT pros could jump 8% in 2023, exceeding inflation
In 2022, however, merit increases for IT pros lept to 5.61%, with the median salary for all IT professionals rising from $95,845 to $101,323. The median salary for an IT executive rose to $180,000.
Tech Jobs
ZDNet - These grim figures show that the ransomware problem isn't going away 
Researchers suggest that much of the rise in reported ransomware attacks against local governments can be linked to a single incident in Miller County, Arkansas, where one compromised mainframe resulted in malware being spread to endpoints in 55 different counties.
Security
The Hacker News - The FBI's Perspective on Ransomware
To help ransomware victims and to prevent ransomware, the FBI has set up 56 Cyber Task Forces across its field offices. These Task Forces work closely with the IRS, the Department of Education, the Office of Inspector General, the Federal Protective Service and the State Police. They're also in close contact with the Secret Service and have access to regional forensics labs.
Security
VentureBeat - Consumer and business interest in the metaverse is growing | Accenture
According to the research, more than half (55%) of the roughly 9,000 consumers surveyed see the metaverse as a business opportunity for creating and monetizing content. Most (89%) C-suite executives also believe the metaverse will have an important role in their organization’s future growth, according to a parallel survey of 3,200 C-suite executives.
Metaverse
sdxCentral - Are Enterprises Prepared for Data Pipeline Failure?
Data pipelines enable the movement of data and support customer experience, which should render observability at this layer an enterprise priority. A majority (63%) of execs dealing with data networking pipeline failures noted those issues negatively impact their organization’s customer experience.
Data Management
The Hacker News - Enforcement vs. Enrollment-based Security: How to Balance Security and Employee Trust
The applications these tools don't support are often the riskiest because they don't meet common industry and security standards, including SAML for authentication and SCIM for user management. At Cerby, these are called "unmanageable applications," and according to their research, 61% of SaaS applications are unmanageable.
Security
sdxCentral - Analysys Mason: Telcos, Cloud Platforms Will Make the Metaverse Real
“What we need is really scalable compute and really low latencies. If all of that processing does happen in the cloud, rather than happening locally on your Meta Quest Pro headset, then it does become possible to create those kinds of experiences, but the platform needs to exist.”
Metaverse
AiThority - Click Fraud Prevention Service Polygraph Advises Advertisers To Invest In Search Engine Optimization
Click fraud is an online scam where website publishers generate income by programming bots to repeatedly click on advertisements. Since the advertisements are displayed on the scammers’ websites, for every fake click, the advertisers pay fees to the advertising networks, and the advertising networks share the money with the criminals.
Marketing Tech
Network World - AI is coming to the network
AI tools that feel different to work with, that change the way network admins work with their tools, are beginning to enter the market. A solid example is the introduction of virtual assistants that can have meaningful conversations about what is happening in the network, and that can (if allowed) take actions that alter network function.
IT Management
VentureBeat - 5 reasons why data privacy compliance must take center stage in 2023
And U.S.-based companies limited to domestic business are paying attention, too. While there is no national data privacy referendum in the U.S., four states — Colorado, Connecticut, Utah and Virginia — will begin enforcing state data privacy legislation in 2023.
Data Privacy
sdxCentral - Will 2023 Be the Year of NaaS?
IDC reported that 69% of global respondents to a recent survey are planning to invest in network transformation over the next 12 months, highlighting network-as-a-service (NaaS) as a challenger to legacy network models that necessitate substantial upfront capital.
Network Management
Blocks & Files - Object storage: Coldago moves Quantum up and Cloudian down in the rankings
The Coldago Research Map 2022 for Object Storage lists and ranks 15 vendors playing in the object storage market segment. They are, in alphabetic order: Cloudian, Cohesity, Commvault, DataCore, Dell, Hitachi Vantara, IBM, MinIO, NetApp, Pure Storage, Quantum, Scality, Spectra Logic, VAST Data and WEKA
Data Storage
Computerworld - 4 up-and-coming employee mobile apps
The app, which supports both Android and iOS devices, gives operational managers a complete view of their deskless enterprise. It allows workers and managers to use a single system for scheduling, resource travel, time management, and analytics and data reporting.
Automation & Productivity
VentureBeat - 14 data predictions for enterprise growth in 2023
“Part of the problem is that CIOs today have to manage too many systems. Too many disjointed data pools lead to duplicated, siloed and locked-up data, which is not only timely and costly to manage and analyze, but also leads to security issues."
Data Management
Network World - 9 steps to protecting backup servers from ransomware
Backup servers get attacked in two ways—by exploiting a vulnerability or logging in using compromised credentials. Disabling all but the necessary inbound ports can stop both. Only ports the backup software needs to perform backups and restores should be left open, and they should be accessible only via a VPN dedicated to the backup serve
Security
ZDNet - ChatGPT's next big challenge: Helping Microsoft to challenge Google search 
Bing could be getting ChatGPT-enhanced search capabilities as early as March in a move that capitalizes on Microsoft's $1 billion investment in Open AI in 2019, which included an exclusive multi-year cloud-computing partnership to build new Azure AI supercomputing technologies.
Automation & Productivity
VentureBeat - Defensive vs. offensive AI: Why security teams are losing the AI war
Eighty-eight percent of CISOs and security leaders say that weaponized AI attacks are inevitable, and with good reason. Just 24% of cybersecurity teams are fully prepared to manage an AI-related attack, according to a recent Gartner survey
Security
SiliconANGLE - Report: Apple’s mixed reality headset will get auto-adjusting lenses and more
A particularly alluring feature mentioned in the report suggests that small motors will automatically adjust the internal lenses to match the user’s vision in order to provide the clearest view possible. It will do so using the wearer’s interpupillary distance – the range between the pupils – in order to provide the largest field of view possible for each individual.
Emerging Tech
Network World - Looking ahead to the network technologies of 2023
During COVID, one of the less-reported changes enterprises made was to start using the Internet to support work-from-home requirements. They then figured out that if they supported workers via the Internet, they could take their traffic directly into the data center and bypass VPNs. Thus, the Internet started to erode VPN traffic growth, and that’s going to continue and accelerate in 2023.
Network Management