1. More Enterprise Software and Workloads Will Move to the Cloud
As more enterprises have been making the move in favor of off-premise resources, the number of enterprises that will opt to move their workloads to the cloud will continue to increase throughout 2017. By 2020, only 20% of enterprise workloads will remain on premises, Gartner’s David Cappuccio predicted in October. The trend of running entire applications in the cloud will only continue, as CIOs are getting more comfortable with the idea of hosting critical software off-premise. As several companies are already running business applications in the public cloud, they are able to better leverage the flexibility and scalability of the cloud to gain a better understanding of their enterprise data with quick insights.
2. Hybrid Cloud To Get More Adoption
As the organizations get more used to running non-critical workloads in the cloud, the hybrid model is best suited to first cloud adoption efforts. It offers greater agility for IT and the enterprise and has been getting easier with improved on-ramping from the cloud providers. A few months ago, the research firm IDC predicted that soon 70% of enterprises in Southeast Asia will commit to a Hybrid Cloud strategy. Despite hybrid cloud networking continuing to be one of the several challenges of the hybrid cloud model, it continues to remain the often preferred path to cloud adoption to many organizations.
3. Public Cloud Will Continue To Grow with Containers
As the public cloud market is projected to reach $147B in 2017, and grow all the way to $236B in 2020, the growth is fueled mainly by enterprises. Enterprises’ move towards public cloud is often due to its maturation and security, along with substantially decreased provisioning costs as compared to private cloud. Smaller, regional cloud providers also contribute to this growth by complementing mega cloud providers, offering a major competitive edge over the big players in their speed and responsiveness. Finally, containers have been a major factor in public cloud’ growth. Containers allow to better manage code, especially in the case of applications built for the cloud. Linux containers are projected to be available at most cloud platform providers by early 2017. Containers require a thorough review and reshaping of company’s IT security, networking, storage, and monitoring.
4. Hyperconverged Structure Will Define Private Cloud
While provisioning a private cloud is typically expensive and requires the same components and processes as the public cloud, the peace of mind of not handing over sensitive data to a third party to look after is the main attraction in going the private cloud route. Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) provides pre-integrated compute and storage resources that allow to speed up the implementations. “HCI is quickly becoming the default infrastructure platform upon which to build the private portion of a hybrid cloud,” says Dave Bartoletti of Forrester. There are many other trends that will be shaping the IT strategy, from the growing SaaS specialization to the increased proliferation of the IoT, with all the consequences that it means for security and data storage. Whatever the ebbs and flows of IT and data trends, one rule will always remain the staple: measure twice, cut once. Every cloud model has its advantages and weak points, and while there have been significant strides to shore up those weaknesses and improve the experience in the past year, it takes a careful and in-depth analysis of your own organizations’ needs and requirements to help evaluate which cloud offering will best help you address those needs.