IT hardware and networks are two major components of Information Technology sector, which are being used across government agencies, education system, defense, manufacturing, transportation and telecommunication industries. Hardware and network components such as servers, storage, routers, switches, etc. are used in data centers. Mainframes, with their ability to perform a large number of transactions in a short time and supporting many concurrent users, accessing the same system and resources, are back in trend in the server market.
Increased demand for mobiles, smartphones and tablets has resulted in the decline of personal computer (PC) and laptop market. The massive demand for lightweight computers and a declining market for PC and laptop have led manufacturers to build Ultrabooks, which have both touch and type functions, often with a removable keyboard.
Schools and other educational establishments are deploying tablets and other educational hardware to ease the learning process for students and make it more interactive and fun.
The manufacturing industry is also leveraging Information technology for cost effectiveness and product efficiency. Global coding and marking equipment, used for product authentication and brand protection, helps to prevent product counterfeiting, tracks products internally, eases product recalls and also monitors product quality. In addition, 3D printing technology is evolving, which is supposed to bring revolution in the manufacturing industry.
Managed security service providers (MSSPs), which provides 24/7 services through managed firewall, intrusion detection, virtual private network (VPN), vulnerability scanning and anti-viral services, are helping enterprises to reduce the number of security personnel required, thus reducing cost.
Owing to prevailing economic uncertainties, global businesses are in cost cutting mode, and plans to update and optimize their legacy systems have been kept on hold; although, the companies are ploughing these savings back to fund their digital initiatives.
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