Trends Influencing Cloud Adoption in 2020
Cloud computing has firmly established its position as the new normal for enterprise IT. As cloud continues to be one of the fastest-growing segments of IT spend, it is essential for CIOs to invest the budgets wisely and prepare contingency plans in case things go wrong.
According to Gartner, “CIOs looking to prepare their organization to thrive in the upcoming turns must take a differentiated approach to cloud computing. It will be essential for CIOs to develop a formal strategy that helps to put individual cloud decisions in the context of the enterprise’s strategic goals.”
These four factors will impact cloud adoption in 2020 and help organizations in thriving in a cloud-first world.
COST OPTIMIZATION WILL GUIDE CLOUD ADOPTION
As the years progress, cloud providers will strengthen their native optimization features and capabilities so that organizations are offered the most cost-effective architecture that can be delivered with optimum performance. Migration of mostly all legacy applications in the future will follow this cost-effective trend too.
This in turn will see an increase in the number of third-party cost optimization tools particularly in multicloud environments. With everything being data driven, there will be higher focus towards enhanced analytics that can maximize savings without compromising performance. It is very important for organization to develop skills and use tools to analyse operational data so that they can leverage what cloud providers offer natively and integrate them with third party solutions.
MULTICLOUD WILL REDUCE VENDOR LOCK-IN
According to Gartner, Multicloud strategies will reduce vendor dependency for two-thirds of organizations through 2024.
Vendor lock-in refers to a situation where the cost of switching to a different vendor is so high that the customer is essentially stuck with the original vendor. Because of financial pressures or the need to avoid interruptions to business operations, the customer is “locked in” to what may be an inferior product or service. Multicloud has an advantage of enhanced disaster recovery and is much easier for migration for data and applications.
Importance of cloud IaaS skills
Today’s cloud migration strategies tend more toward “lift-and-shift” than toward modernization or refactoring. Lift and shift is an approach, one among many, for migrating apps to the cloud. It means moving an application and its associated data to a cloud platform—without redesigning the app. However, lift-and-shift projects do not develop native-cloud skills. This is creating a market where service providers cannot train and certify people quickly enough to satisfy the need for skilled cloud professionals. In order to overcome this challenge, enterprises should migrate workloads to the cloud by working alongside managed service providers that have a proven track record of successful migrations within the target industry.
Move towards Distributed cloud to expand service availability
According to Gartner, by 2023, the leading cloud service providers will have a distributed ATM-like presence to serve a subset of their services for low-latency application requirements. Many cloud service providers are already investing in ways to make their services available closer to the users that need to access them.
This trend will continue as cloud providers will expand geographies and create Micro data centres in areas with high population density of users. Cloud Providers can allocate equipment supporting public cloud services in locations close enough so that there is low-latency in applications. This will enable applications with such requirements to run directly from the cloud providers’ native services without having to build infrastructure.
As the new decade begins, organizations should consider how these trends will influence their cloud adoption and migration plans for years to come, taking steps now to prepare their IT infrastructure for the future of cloud.