1. Multi-Cloud Strategies
Next year will find enterprises looking at multi-cloud strategies rather than strategies built around a single cloud. More specifically, they will split their production workloads across more than one public cloud.
Enterprises don’t want to be locked in. If an enterprise can get significant cost reduction on infrastructure, this can mean millions of dollars in savings a year. Furthermore, different clouds offer different innovation and functionality. Enterprises would like to use best of breed for the different workloads to take advantage of what all clouds must offer.
2. Industry-Specific Clouds
Industry-specific clouds will become the norm to meet the unique needs, capability requirements and specific regulations of different industry sectors.
3. Move to Private Cloud
Next year will be marked by a move to private clouds, as organizations look to gain control over their computing resources.
4. Invisible Infrastructure
Organizations will be looking for cloud offerings that will hide their infrastructure and make them invisible.
Organizations will demand seamless integration of cloud, on-premises and hybrid infrastructure, allowing users to do business regardless of where applications live.
Organizations will continue moving to the cloud, but that does not mean they will look for immediate rip-and-replace strategies. Especially among large enterprise, organizations will look for partners to help them complete their digital transformations, while leveraging the significant technology investments already in place.
5. A New Approach to Data Ownership
New cloud ecosystems (many of which are border-less) and new regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change the way we look at data ownership in 2018. Many organizations currently believe they own the data they collect and can pretty much do with it what they please. The GDPR will shift this view of data ownership to focus on the individual. The GDPR and similar rules will mandate that organizations protect individual consumer’s data or risk hefty fines and reputational damage.
6. Data Migration Challenges
The superior storage capabilities and the access to hundreds of data-specific applications will result in enterprises reaching out to independent software vendors and partners to help them move large volumes of data to the cloud. The volume of data they needed to move was preventing the transfer of even more apps and data to the cloud.
Multi-cloud will increase, while IT streamlines management tools. IT budgets will likely be shifting from spending money on duplicate management systems — like legacy data backup, data recovery or disaster recovery point products — to instead diversify their cloud storage options. IT teams need to be able to move, manage and use that data across clouds.
7. Challenges to Traditional Storage
We will see traditional storage vendors struggling to find relevancy. As a cloud mentality becomes commonplace, traditional backup software and hardware solutions — a place where enterprises spend significant sums — will lose shares faster than in the past three to five years.
Software-defined storage and distributed systems approaches are new to many organizations so backup is a comfortable place to start. Backup solution vendors that have been around for a decade or more will find it challenging to hold their ground against agile startups that bring new approaches to the data protection game.
8. Kubernetes Reaches Mainstream
Kubernetes is an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications originally designed by Google and donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
Like Docker for containers, Kubernetes has become the de-facto cloud orchestrator. The recent embrace of Kubernetes across the industry — including AWS, Azure, Docker, and Mesosphere DC/OS — shows that the open-source container orchestration system has proven its effectiveness in providing simpler cloud deployment, better scaling and more efficient management. In 2018, the IT world will become fluent, in Kubernetes, its concepts and terminology and start to expand inside enterprises and clouds.
9. Diversified IT Environments
2018 will be characterized by a diversification of IT environments. Whether relying on Windows or Linux or bare metal or the cloud, companies want the flexibility to implement the best tools and infrastructure for their respective needs, and rightfully so. We can expect to see IT environments continue to grow in diversity in the coming year, but that doesn’t mean problems have to surface as a result.
As calls for accelerated cloud strategies increase, it’s becoming clear that outdated Platform as a Service (PaaS) frameworks are not equipped to handle the demand of managing all the applications that are part of today’s modern enterprise.
In 2018 PaaS adoption will stall as enterprises recognize the time to value is too prolonged for the current and future pace of business. This will give way to accelerated Container as a Service (CaaS) platform adoption as enterprises look to migrate more workloads to the cloud, while achieving greater agility, innovation and cost-efficiencies.
10. Hrid Cloud
Hybrid environments will become more widespread over the next year. In 2017, we saw an increasing number of companies shift from kicking the tires on the use of cloud and big data technologies to implementing enterprise deployments, with many taking a hybrid approach. In 2018, more will follow suit.
Executives across many industries are realizing they need to allow users to securely access data efficiently without having to request authorization from multiple systems and to build infrastructure so their teams are fully equipped to handle big data analytics.