While the cloud and its role in enterprise technology has evolved significantly in recent years, Forrester analysts predict 2018 will be the year tech leadership works towards locking-in cloud computing for the future. Analysis published in Forbes states that enterprises are no longer questioning whether the cloud is the best choice, “they now scramble to decide how soon and how much.”
In 2018, research reveals the average enterprise is using a staggering 1,427 distinct cloud services–a threefold increase over 2013. Experts also predict enterprise information technology (IT) teams will reach tipping point within the year, spending over 50 percent on cloud apps and services instead of on-premises deployments for the first time.
To help tech leaders understand 2018 trends in enterprise cloud adoption and investment, read on to discover five research-backed trends.
1. Cloud Optimization Surges Past Adoption
As enterprises deepen their adoption of cloud services, tech leaders are increasingly tasked with optimizing their investments. About 80 percent of IT professionals feel they’re currently failing to “get the most” out of cloud, according to a recent survey. The most commonly-cited cloud challenges, per the same study, include security, complexity, and costs.
In the year to come, tech leaders may focus more on vendors, services and solutions to solve these challenges than chasing adoption of new services. “Optimization will appear in many different dimensions, including cost, multi-cloud governance and management and data optimization,” predicts Consultant Jeff Budge.
2. Hybrid Cloud Continues to Soar
About 72 percent of enterprises are pursuing a hybrid strategy to blend public and private cloud technologies in 2018. While there are numerous flexibility and scalability benefits to hybrid cloud deployments, some of the increased attention on hybrid can be attributed to the growth of edge computing — a hybrid approach to IT architecture where data processing occurs close to the data source.
3. Containers and Microservices
One of the most valuable areas of enterprise cloud investment in 2018 may be cloud orchestration — including containerization and microservices architecture. These allow organizations to provide an agile approach to IT based around a cloud-powered technology core.
As big-name tech vendors jump into providing container and microservices solutions for enterprises, it could push cloud orchestration approaches into the mainstream.
4. Legacy Migration Becomes Simpler
As organizations consider the future of their mission-critical, on-premises apps, migration to the cloud using services is an increasingly popular — and cost-effective — approach. “Lift-and-shift migration tools will accelerate the rate of cloud migration” predicts CIO’s Clint Boulton. When coupled with the right approach to application management, this trend could significantly extend the lifecycle of legacy apps.
5. Cloud Security Steps Toward Maturity
The year 2017 was marked by more information security threats than ever before. In 2018, enterprise technologists are likely to explore new ways of securing their cloud workloads — including cloud-based security tools. Gartner analysts write that this year, 60 percent of enterprises will adopt “appropriate cloud visibility and control tools” and experience one-third fewer security incidents.
Conclusion: Making the Most of the Cloud in 2018
For enterprises, there’s little question that adoption of cloud services and deployments can bring significant benefits of cost savings, scalability, and technological agility. While 2018 may bring groundbreaking new innovations in cloud, many IT pros are focused on optimizing their cloud adoption for cost savings and security, migrating legacy apps, and optimizing hybrid deployments.
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