2019 Predictions for Cloud Management
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One way to do so is to remember where we’ve been and anticipate where we’re going. We kicked this off in late 2017 when our CEO released 2018 predictions, all of which have seen advances, especially cloud adoption. Businesses across market segments looked to cloud as part of their digital transformation efforts, resulting in 77 percent of enterprises now having at least one application or a portion of their computing infrastructure in the cloud, according to IDG’s 2018 Cloud Computing Study.
What’s in store for the cloud in 2019? Here are our predictions for four key trends you should take into consideration as you enter the New Year.
Reduction In Spend On New Data Centers
This one may seem obvious, however despite the continued growth in cloud adoption, businesses so far have continued to invest in building out or expanding on premise data centers. In recent years, spending on data center systems has started to level off which Gartner predicts will continue to happen, growing only 1.1 percent in 2019. A year from now, I believe we will look back and be able to say that 2019 was the beginning of the coming year will be the beginning of a downward trend in IT spend on new data centers, with most businesses budgets instead going to updating or maintaining current infrastructure. The economics of the cloud and availability of next-gen solutions for managing hybrid cloud environments will be at an all-time high and too appealing to ignore.
AI Taking A Hold In The Cloud
No, I haven’t been living under a rock, and yes, I’m aware that everyone is talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI) already. With the caveat out of the way, I ask that you give me a moment to extrapolate, as I believe AI will move a layer deeper this coming year.
To date, AI has primarily permeated the application layer, providing increased efficiencies to businesses by automating and orchestrating data center and network data traffic in a programmatic way. The benefits of this have been profound, however I believe 2019 will see us cross the chasm from application AI to whole cloud AI. Today this seems foreign. However, in the new cloud-centric world, AI in the cloud makes a lot of sense, especially as businesses increasingly adopt hybrid cloud IT strategies to maximize capabilities and budget. In the coming year, businesses will explore the potential benefits of leveraging AI within their cloud deployment decision making, and determine that the technology holds promise far beyond the traditional data center, autonomous car and smart home applications being hyped the most today.
Market Consolidation Anticipated
Despite 2018 seeing some significant purchases of both startup and longstanding hybrid cloud management companies, I believe we will see increased consolidation in the coming year. Traditional data center equipment and cloud providers will look to improve cross-cloud management for their vast user bases, resulting in further consolidation. Top of their list will be companies and/or solutions that simplify cloud planning, management and orchestration, as well as those that help customers maximize cloud spend (and eliminate cloud wastage).
Massive Re-Training Effort To Begin
Having worked with numerous companies across a variety of industries, I can tell you from first-hand experience that everyone underestimates the level of IT expertise and staff required for an effective and efficient digital transformation. In fact, I feel very confident in saying that no matter the size of your team or their cloud experience or skill set, you will fall short of what’s required for the vast majority of digital transformations to succeed. That realization isn’t meant to speak ill of your team. Rather, it is meant to acknowledge the fact that traditional data center and cloud-centric environments require vastly different skill sets.
In 2019, I believe we will see IT professionals across companies and industries seek training in mass in a variety of topics not covered in depth during traditional IT and/or developer programs. Drilling a layer down, I believe deep dives into leading public clouds and cloud cost management will be at the top of the list for both current IT staff and students.