Enterprise Cloud Adoption Steadily Progresses
We’re close to the end of 2016, which means everyone’s thinking about what technologies will be picking up steam over the upcoming 12 months. Here’s a big one that we predict will be an engine of growth for enterprises: cloud computing.
Gartner predicts that by the year 2020, “a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no Internet’ policy is today.” Here are some of the key cloud trends and technologies we see happening.
While enterprises have been using VMware virtualized environments and public clouds as isolated environments for their less security-sensitive workloads, we expect adoption of new technologies such as Docker and container orchestration and management platforms will steadily progress.
As newer services are deployed, managing them adds complexity and cost. Enterprises will leverage cloud-based control planes and management tools, rather than on-premise deployed point solutions.
Infrastructure will be largely hyper-converged, with built-in sophisticated operations intelligence to manage the failovers, event pipelines, self-recovery mechanism and security analytics. Some infrastructure will support predictive analytics for advanced planning and downtime management. The most mature cloud-based control planes will provide most of the functionality, either way.
On the development side, most enterprises will develop microservices and cloud-native applications. Some enterprises will implement and benefit from a full open DevOps model, but the majority will have a process to manage security, compliance and risk while implementing DevOps and SecOps.
5 Cloud Computing Trends for 2017
- Hybrid clouds — although adoption has been slow, we expect hybrid clouds to become a reality, with real use cases next year.
- Software Defined Networks — will be the key networks between private and public clouds, and come with enforceable policy management for risk, compliance and security management.
- Docker and containers – Most of Fortune 2000 companies will be using Docker and containers to deploy and manage workloads across hybrid infrastructure. Limitations in storage and networking with containers will continue to be eliminated.
- Hyper-converged infrastructure – These high density and highly virtualized self-managing systems will be at the center of most enterprise IT. High density private clouds will be supplemented with public clouds to provide a highly scalable on-demand hybrid infrastructure which can scale virtually indefinitely.
- Microservices and microservices architecture – New applications will increasingly be developed as serverless code, essentially as a suite of flexible, modular software systems that each support a specific function. Enterprises will most likely build a customized PaaS by integrating a continuous integration and continuous delivery/deployment (CI/CD) toolset, rather than use an integrated PaaS platform that exists today. Different models of DevOps will evolve as each enterprise adopts processes to suite their specific needs