The Cloud Computing market seems to be entering a second wave, a phase dictated by real and committed cloud engagements rather than mere half-hearted “cloud washing” initiatives. Scaling up is the future agenda for companies that have till now taken baby steps towards the Cloud. They are fast eyeing large-scale public and/or private cloud-networks to deliver on customer expectations. Experts, thus, opine that the Cloud market shall accelerate in growth in 2017, as cited in a Forrester report.
Companies are now moving on from pilot preparations and experimental implementation. The modern enterprise has acknowledged that Cloud Computing is the way ahead. While they may choose between setting up their own private clouds, or hybrid data centres, or opt for a public cloud entitlement, the fact of the matter remains that the Cloud-hungry enterprise is raging large. Out of 1,000+ North American and European enterprise decision-makers in the technology space, 38% reported having already built private cloud networks, while 32% indicated they had procured public cloud services. About 59% mentioned that they were on the path of constituting a hybrid cloud network.
The next 12 months will define this wave 2 of cloud enablement, with the remaining percentage of respondents stating that they would create some form of cloud-enablement during this time period. Here are some of the key trends to keep in mind for your cloud journey:
Mega cloud providers will play alongside niche providers: Considering the high costs, infrastructure and personnel required for setting up a private cloud network, enterprises may turn towards the more economical and easily scalable option of the public cloud. As a result, while niche cloud-network creators may do their bit, a major part of the pie may go to the mega-cloud providers—the Amazons and Googles of the cloud world. A live example is the recent transition of Capital One from private to Amazon Web Services. Yet, limited customization opportunities is a drawback of public services and this is where niche providers will pitch in for unique requirements. It will be a good idea to look out for multiple providers to achieve one’s cloud objectives.
Costs will be redefined: With best practices in cloud-enablement being communicated across the industry, costs will be optimized going ahead. Transparency in costs will be achieved through cost management tools that will be integrated with the cloud offerings. Some examples already floating in the market are Cloudability and Cloudyn. This is a positive indicator for cloud adaptors— costs may no longer go haywire with accurate tracking and reporting being available.
Migration Services will grab attention: With wave being all about transitions, cloud migration applications will be a hot deal, up for grabs by enterprises. Companies would have frozen on a cloud strategy after much experimentation by now. The year 2017 would be the time for implementation. Migration from private to public or vice versa, will up the demand for organized migration services for a lift-and-shift approach.
Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions will make hay: These are systems that work on a private cloud network to create integration across disparate aspects, such as, automation, self-service and resource monitoring. These offer enterprises with pre-integrated computing and storage resources. According to Forrester, HCI should be the baseline for developing private cloud networks, as it ensures a smooth and efficient experience.
Containers will dominate software management: Container-driven software code management will evolve as the next generation trend. According to Forrester, Linux containers are expected to be available in most of the public and private cloud platforms by early 2017. With developers independently controlling cloud stacks, new challenges of security and storage may evolve. Companies must, hence, intelligently choose between an on-premises private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and a managed public cloud development platform.
Public Cloud will see more critical business applications: With a level of comfort being established with respect to the public cloud, companies will be willing to host more number of business applications, including critical application on it. Not only is it quicker, but easier to deploy and control, and is cost-effective. This makes it attractive to the cost-conscious modern enterprise that aims for a cloud-ROI.
These expected trends indicate a significant shift in the outlook towards the cloud. We have come a long way from the first wave somewhere in 2006, when Amazon Web Services launched a few simple compute and storage services in the cloud. via