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IT TREND 2016: review on system integration trends

The forum of ELKO Ukraine partners sharing ideas about the current market situation and its development prospects.
The ELKO Ukraine partners' forum IT Trend 2016 took place on September 9-10 in the Hotel Puscha, Kiev with numerous performances by representatives of Asus, Intel, Lenovo, Axis Communications, Dell, HGST, Milestone, Seagate, Supermicro, WD, DEAC, Innovision, RIDANGO, TP-Link and Estonian Investment Agency. The programme was divided into two flows: systems integration and electronics & PC components.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Elina Cherkinskaya, ELKO Ukraine Commercial Director noted that the format of the event is constantly improved and developed: "This ELKO Ukraine partners' conference expanded its borders through an online stream.
Highlights from System Integration flow
Start-ups designing solutions based on HGST technology
Dan Porat, Head of HGST in Israel, spoke about the solutions designed by Israel start-ups using HGST technology. He introduced the E8Storage platform, which is the first centralised hyperconvergent NVMe solution in the world with huge potential for horizontal and vertical scaling. The device offered by the company consists of at least 24 SSD drives, while ensuring the same performance as if the SSD were directly connected to the server. It provides redundancy at different RAID levels. The ratio of use of SSD memory can range from 30% for three-channel replication to 88% when using Smart RAID technology.
He also spoke about Weka.IO, a company offering a scalable hyperconvergent file system for enterprise-class network storage. This software-defined file system ensures a performance comparable to SSD with virtually unlimited scalability. Furthermore, it uses widespread Ethernet technology instead of the expensive Fibre Channel. The key to this solution is the object connector, which analyses the data circulating in the storage network and makes decisions about offloading rarely-used information to public cloud storage, such as S3 or Swift.
Case study - 99% of public services in Estonia are available online
The presentation of the Head of Estonian investment agency Enterprise Estonia Jaan Heinsoo was met with great interest. He spoke about the e-Estonia platform created in his country. He noted that today 99% of public services in Estonia are available online (almost all except registration of marriage/divorce and purchase of real estate), 94% of the population have electronic ID cards and 20% of citizens already own a mobile ID. This greatly simplifies many of the formal state procedures and leads to significant savings. Jaan Heinsoo focused on opportunities of e-Estonia for business in more detail. The registration of a new company takes not more than 15 minutes and filing a tax return around 3 minutes. Estonia is in first place in Europe by the number of start-ups per capita. Among other things, he said that the number of foreign businesses attracted by the convenience of running a registered company remotely might be twice the population of the country.
Future of contactless cards
According to Argo Verk, Ridango Sales Director in the near future the most widely spread technologies will be the contactless cards used only for identification of the user, while all related data will be stored in a centralised database. This allows implementing unique functions such as free travel for certain categories of passengers. This applies not only to socially vulnerable people. One example is a project where drivers who park their cars in a paid parking lot just outside Tallinn are entitled to free travel on public transport.
Booming Cloud services
Oleg Naskidaev, Business Development Director of DEAC hosting company spoke about the advantages of the service for Ukrainian business. According to estimates by Global Industries Analysts, in 2017 the volume of cloud services worldwide will reach USD 127 billion, while in our country in the past year it was estimated at USD 6 million. 27% of those were commercial companies, 23% banks and 15% software developers. Globally, 93% of companies are already using the cloud: 5% of them use only private services, 58% use hybrid and 30% use public services only.
Video Surveillance trends
The systems' integration part included presentations by video surveillance system manufacturers. One of the speakers was Daniel Lesisz, representative of Axis Communications who highlighted the recent trend of integration of various services on IP-based network: combining video surveillance and fast decision making, based on video analytics. For example, when a person approaching the protected perimeter is encountered, the system gives an audio warning.
Neli Stoyanova, Eastern Europe Partner Network Development Manager of Milestone Systems which is specialising in software for video surveillance management, shared achievements of its key product - XProtect in the large-scale project in Istanbul with more than 3,700 CCTV cameras. Video is streamed in HD or Full HD resolution and stored for 30 days on 800 servers. Analysts estimate that by 2019 the global video surveillance market will grow to $19 billion. Digital data transmission technology will lead the market, while the software for such systems will account for 10% of the segment.
Developing together with Intel IoT Laboratory
The presentation of the Head of Intel in Ukraine Dmitry Kalita was focused on the hottest trend of the modern IT world - the transformation of a business approach itself on the basis of connectivity. Vivid examples are Airbnb and Uber who, in a short time, managed to become multi-billion dollar businesses thanks to a new approach - Shared Use. Dmitry Kalita also noted that Intel lately has been putting strong accent on the Internet of Things technology which promises great potential in a great spectrum of areas, including health care, retail, automotive and transport, manufacture and smart buildings. He cited several reference cases developed in Ukraine collaborating with Intel IoT Laboratory. Some of them are the AgroMonitor farmland monitoring system and the DeviceVoice project, which involves equipping vending machines with new functions and enabling remote monitoring and control.
To sum up the saturated contents of the forum, the Director of ELKO Ukraine, Angelika Rubezhova, said that its goal had been not to merely present modern IT market trends, but also to give a boost to the implementation of a state-of-the-art e-government system like the one already up and running in Estonia. For this, the Estonian specialists who took part in the implementation of the programme were invited. "I am sure that it is within our power to prevent corruption by applying modern IT platforms which are already well proven in terms of their efficiency," Angelika Rubezhova concluded.