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SolarWinds 2018 Head Geek IT Pro-dictions

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Welcome to 2018!

Just three days into the new year, Spectre and Meltdown made the news. These flaws affect both system security and performance since they degrade CPU performance significantly. Previously, we saw prominent companies use software to manipulate older generation devices. And everyone seemed to be launching ICOs and adding blockchain or bitcoins to their company portfolio to ride the cryptocurrency bubble expansion.

The year ahead promises to be an exciting (for lack of a better descriptor) one for IT pros, developers, DevOps practitioners, and every other role you choose to claim for yourself. Check out the teaser video below:

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And, don't forget to check out the complete list of pro-dictions from adatole patrick.hubbard Dez sqlrockstar and myself, click the banner at the top of this post. We cover IoT, blockchain, data security, compliance, and more. Will our predictions turn out to be prophetic or will they fail to come true? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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Level 20

The whole blockchain thing feels like a solution that's still looking for a problem.  Also Bitcoin by itself is extremely inefficient as it requires so much power and cooling to mine coins.  Also Thomas is right!  The first question IT folks should be asking about everything is "how secure is it?"

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Regarding chasing the latest and greatest fad:

Level 15

I need more time, for to study more Solarwinds. 

I honestly believe it's some smarty fooling folks into spending all their computing power to calculate all the security algorithms needed to create an equivalent to Rainbow Tables for nefarious purposes.

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many times the latest greatest fad is an old fad that has been pulled out of the closet, dusted off, and given a fresh coat of different colored paint.  Then it is purported to be the next greatest thing since sliced bread after glossies have been made to fit the old idea into the current stream of thought.   What was old is new again.

Level 20

DevOps comes to mind.

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Nice

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dev-ops is one.  the whole VM movement is another...IBM has been doing it longer.

Level 14

- I totally agree with adatole​ about ML and AI for monitoring.  We won't even be there by 2020.  I also agree with the IoT comments.  Many vendors are already focusing more on security and are hiring to implement/analyze it. 

- I agree with Kong on IoT bottlenecks, but I don't believe them to be too bad, unless we are talking in homes.  There will be bottlenecks in robust IoT houses.  Bypassing containers is and will happen!

- As  sqlrockstar​ stated already, network security already does and WILL take your time!  Proactive monitoring is pretty close, when talking about middle to big business, but it will still be a long way off for smaller businesses in 2018.

- I agree with  patrick.hubbard on APM and distributed apps.  I already see this happening everywhere.  Blockchain as a service...interesting.  We will see.  I can't disagree, but there is a lot of work to be done there and some standards that need to be addressed.

- Totally agree with Dez on all points.  Absolutely no argument there.  Only thing I can add is that I think many organizations will resist the big spending for as long as possible.  Soon, their hands will be forced.  Fines and loss of production will add up!

Level 13

Buckle up its going to be fun.

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Level 9

I would like to quibble with the statement at the top:  "These flaws affect both system security and performance since they degrade CPU performance significantly."  Unless I am totally misunderstanding what is going on, the degraded CPU performance comes from the patch used to mitigate the flaw, not from the flaw itself.  If the flaw was causing degraded performance, then the patch could (potentially) speed up the processor; everything that I have read thus far indicates that the PATCH is causing reduced performance, not the flaw.  </quibble>

Level 14

Always an adventure.  That's why I am here.

Level 12

I read a story recently (sorry I do not have the link ) that said within the next 5 years there will not be enough power generated on the entire planet to process bitcoins blockchain ledgers anymore if things continue the way they are right now.

Level 20

I think I saw that too... they were referencing bank transaction processing I think... basically to replace the clearing that VISA does it would take more power than the planet could provide to clear the transactions with bitcoin ledger.  Something like that which really makes zero sense.  I also read that the newer virtual currency "ripple" doesn't have the processing overhead that bitcoin has.  Ripple - One Frictionless Experience To Send Money Globally | Ripple

Level 12

I did some digging and found the article here. Bitcoin consumes more power than all these countries | World Economic Forum

Some interesting statistics from it:

A single Bitcoin transaction uses 200 kilowatt hours.

    - I just checked my electric bill and I used 420 kWh for the entire month of December to run my house. For that I could process a whole two Bitcoin transactions.....

A typical Visa card payment requires 0.01 kilowatt hours.

By 2020, bitcoin mining could be consuming the same amount of electricity every year as is currently used by the entire world.

People are silly as all getout, and its sad that people would even consider believing such hype articles. No, bitcoin isn't likely to consume all the world’s electricity in 2020

There's a lot of potential benefit in bitcoin. I think there's a lot of hype in things that have latched on to it, but blockchain and the ways people are finding to implement it *are* the future - think of it much like an X509 cert.

Level 14

Brilliant!!!! My favorite.... Third party compliance will have it's day of reckoning.... (I can only hope! - Thank you Dez​ !!!)

I predict that on our current path with our political discourse, and additional eCommerce vulnerability revelations, our Federal government will make moves to over-correct network security standards.

Level 20

Yeah it's called RMF - Risk Management Framework.  It's going to basically double the amount of work we have to do this year.

Level 21

Jfrazier​ I continue to agree with you on this.  Maybe you and I need to get together and come up with a new cool name for sliced bread and get rich selling bread 2.0 to the world? 

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I am with you on that...some sort of bacon infused sourdough thing...

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The whole idea of IT predictions is always very interesting. Vendors will always be "pie in the sky," management will always want it yesterday, users will always find a way to break it and IT will always be tasked with "Make it so."

Ahh, the fun if IT.

Level 8

Interested to see where Blockchain ends up. As of now, it just seems like something that's cool to know but doesn't fit anywhere as of yet.

Level 11

Ya, this is more realistic once you read it.

Level 11

Ah, the life of being in IT!

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The teaser video is showing as "Unauthorized", looks like there could be an issue?   DanielleH

I experienced the same error, also.

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