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Cloud Trends: What to Watch in 2017

Posted On: February 28, 2017

Topic: Multi-Cloud

While 2016 marked the enterprise cloud adoption tipping point, when more than half of all enterprises embraced a cloud-first mentality, experts say 2017 cloud trends will be characterized by no-holds-barred mass adoption. In fact, Forrester reports enterprise cloud adoption will supercharge the global public cloud market, which will hit $236 billion in 2020, up from $146 billion in 2017.

With Forrester also finding 38% of companies building private clouds, 32% buying public cloud services and 59% choosing a hybrid public/private cloud model, what cloud trends will most affect corporate IT in the coming year?

  • Leveraging multiple clouds: While Forrester sees the lion’s share of enterprise cloud workloads going to mega-providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, it also sees an uptick in enterprise demand that will bolster smaller players. The big guys can’t serve every need, so enterprises will look to smaller cloud players to help meet data localization requirements and niche capabilities as they shift more workloads to the cloud.
  • Migrating core assets: Cloud providers stepped up their game in 2016, leaving enterprises far more comfortable moving even their most-core enterprise applications to the cloud. Many enterprises will leverage migration services to rewrite core apps to take advantage of the cloud, while others will realize the benefits of cloud-enabling everything from big data analytics to HR and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications
  • Trying next-generation technologies: With containers, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions becoming available on nearly every major cloud platform, enterprises will embrace these new computing paradigms in a big way, quickly leveraging them to cut development time, enhance key capabilities and reduce overhead – all without incurring hefty startup costs.
  • Adopting hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI): Enterprises going the private cloud route will increasingly rely on HCI to get pre-integrated compute and storage resources with all the virtualization, standardization, automation, self-service access and resource monitoring they need already built-in. This will be especially true for new workloads demanding rapid, automated scale-out.
  • Focusing on costs: As more enterprises adopt multiple cloud solutions, their ability to manage and orchestrate everything to ensure optimal cost containment will be paramount. IT must pay close attention to ensure workloads are properly managed, usage is optimized and automation is leveraged to keep costs under control even as cloud usage increases.
  • Embracing cloud security: Enterprises no longer fear the cloud, and instead, many are turning to cloud providers to gain the rich security expertise and features they struggle to provide for themselves on-premise. The cloud will shine in terms of strong multi-factor authentication, security intelligence, threat analytics and more.

In 2017, enterprises will face unprecedented choices and opportunities in the cloud. The key to success will be choosing the right platform and capabilities tailored specifically to their enterprise culture, IT environment and business challenges. Here at OneNeck, we provide cloud solutions – from managed Microsoft Azure, hosted private cloud powered by ReliaCloud® and on-premises private cloud – that will accelerate your business in the cloud.