2018 was a landmark year for cloud with a flurry of mergers and acquisitions. The impact of the changes have forced organizations to rethink how they define cloud for their business goals and infrastructures. Looking ahead to 2019, organizations will likely focus on shifting their cloud strategies from the low-end infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) opportunity to instead extracting valuable data from their business processes etc.
1. Hybrid multicloud architectures will replace the “one-cloud-fits-all” approach.
Public cloud may be a key to cost effectively accelerating digital transformation, but many enterprise data centers aren’t going anywhere, nor should they. Not every workload is a candidate for the public cloud. Businesses will increasingly drive value from the integration of public and private clouds as they seek to get the most out of their cloud investments by taking a hybrid multicloud approach. A hybrid multicloud environment uses a combination of on-premises, private cloud and public cloud architecture, with best-in-class resources from different cloud vendors.
2. Companies will increasingly embrace open cloud technology.
In the coming year, we predict the more advanced companies will identify new opportunities for containers, using open source Kubernetes to arrange them into clusters that support microservices across multiple clouds. Open management tools will be essential to administering, securing and updating those clusters over time.
3. Cloud skills and culture will be the key to cloud adoption.
As organizations embrace a hybrid multicloud approach, IT organizations will undergo a culture shift in the way that they work. They will need teams equipped with new skillsets, such as cross-platform tool and automation experience, and knowledge of API management and data integration best practices. Job titles such as cloud architect, cloud project manager, cloud service broker and cloud automation engineer will become increasingly common to manage emerging hybrid cloud environments.
4. As cloud adoption rises, developers must put security first.
Gone are the days of siloed IT processes in which an application was developed and then security put in place to protect the app.
Incorporating security best practices into every facet of application design and deployment will provide greater application visibility, control and protection.
5. There will be an explosion of edge computing.
The continued convergence of IT and telco will bring edge computing to the forefront in 2019, creating a surge of new opportunities for companies to use new technologies and computing power. The scale and value of edge computing will increase, meaning that companies will be positioned to increasingly drive innovation, expand automation and reduce response times in low-bandwidth locations.