2016 in Review: Our Selection of Industry Events

Posted 12/20/2016 by Commvault

There was definitely nothing boring about 2016. It will certainly be remembered as a year that included a number of events that shocked the world and challenged the status quo. As a year in review, we’ve pulled out a selection of highlights and looked at their impact on the data management industry:

Political Uncertainty: In June, the United Kingdom voted to withdraw from the European Union (EU) in a decision that shocked both the country and the world. In an industry analysis, Forrester noted the uncertainty of Brexit could have major implications on the technology industry – flat lining spending for at least a few years as the U.K. and the EU finalize negotiations. The decision also prompted questions around the security and privacy of data moving across borders. Additionally, the U.S. election in November spurred new conversations around data security. Real and even perceived cyber attacks on federal government systems and applications should send powerful wakeup calls that hackers won't stop hacking or trying to corrupt data.

Interoperability in Healthcare: At HIMSS 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an industry-wide pledge for interoperability, to which most major electronic health record (EHR) vendors and many large providers committed support. The pledge was a major step forward for physicians and patients, which included promises for better consumer access to health information, data blocking regulations and the establishment of industry-wide standards for interoperability.

Airline Data Disasters: Delta Airlines experienced a technology outage caused by a loss of power at the company’s Atlanta data center. The August outage forced Delta to cancel and delay hundreds of flights, costing the airline millions of dollars and irreparable reputational damage with customers. The data disaster (along with previous, smaller outages from Southwest Airlines and United Airlines) was a clear example of the criticality of having an efficient disaster recovery strategy in place before outages occur.

DDoS Attack: On Oct. 21, popular sites and services such as Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, Box, The New York Times, and Airbnb were caught in a rolling wave of outages that lasted throughout the day. At the heart of the DDoS attack was the Mirai botnet, which attacked servers of popular DNS infrastructure provider, Dyn, from thousands of IoT devices. The attack is now considered the largest DDoS attack in history and is a testament to the need for consistently updated security standards.

Chinese Cybersecurity Law: In November, the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China passed cybersecurity legislation to strengthen censorship, surveillance and controls over the country’s Internet. The new law, which requires data be locally stored and accessed only within Chinese borders unless expressly permitted, has drawn major apprehension among foreign companies. Of note, businesses showed concern about losing a competitive edge to local entities, and adapting operations away from global Internet computing environments to which they were accustomed.

What were your important events of 2016? Please use the comments section below to add your comments.