The bone of contention now is not whether you should be migrating to cloud or not, it is –when?
Many companies have already shifted, they only need to make sure that it is the right service provider and whether they provide the required service or not.
Cloud providers are also constantly trying to come up with the best to improve their offerings so they remain updated in a world of cut throat competition.
Let’s look at some of most cutting edge cloud computing trends for 2017.
1. Serverless Computing
Serverless computing gained traction in 2015 and it became quite prominent in 2016. The good news is that it will continue to beat the charts for 2017 too.
Though the term is serverless computing, it doesn’t mean that you don’t use servers, it is just that you don’t have to use too many machines or waste resources on idle machines.
Serverless computing can save operational and infrastructural costs as well. Key players in server less computing are Amazon Web Services with its Lambda platform, Microsoft and IBM.
2. Providers to Focus on Long-term Customer Success
As new technologies are developed, challenges faced by cloud providers are eliminated to a great extent. They can, henceforth, focus on giving specialized care to customers aiding in smooth product adoption and services that extend beyond the point of sale.
Cloud providers focus on collaboration features as well, thereby promoting the workflow and maximizing productivity. Security measures are also enhanced, making their services transparent and reliable. All this contribute to customer success.
3. Containers Enter a New Phase of Mainstream Adoption
Ever since Docker came up with its first container technology, things have begun to move rapidly. Containers help in rapid cloud deployment. In 2017, you can see a spurt of container technology. T
This will lead to improved IT operations, lower infrastructural costs and little or no inflexibilities. As companies are looking to deliver microservices to its clients, using containers would become the standard procedure, leading to a more agile development as well.
4. Cloud Monitoring as a Service
Cloud monitoring as a service (CMaS) is a kind of IT demand service that helps enterprises manage their infrastructure and resource monitoring, leading to:
(1) End-to-end monitoring where the performance and availability of IT resources on the cloud infrastructure in monitored continually.
(2) Delivering optimal performance for the IT infrastructure and
(3) Identifying cloud infrastructure issues where cloud administrators can instantly identify and detect infrastructural issues.
5. The Multi-Vendor Approach
Companies began to try the multi-vendor approach in the previous year. In 2017, you can see more and more enterprises following this approach. As companies now have a huge amount of cloud services at their disposal, they can leverage the best of all, and choose the best fit for business.
This will already come in because enterprises are trying the multi-vendor approach, consisting of private and public cloud services. As different cloud services provide different needs, it is imperative to go for more than a single answer.
6. Dynamically Moving Workloads among Service Providers
This is a trend that you will see making serious progress in 2017. At present not many enterprises are moving their workloads dynamically, but this will now begin to move at an accelerated pace. Providers will be forced to better their services and provide them at competitive rates.
And that’s not all. They will also be forced to tweak their offerings to adopt various platforms and alternative cloud suppliers. This will, however, be done with little impact on the existing services enjoyed by their customers.
7. Securing and Auditing Services
Moving data to the cloud calls for extra security because hacking instances can turn really dangerous. Enterprises are thus going to take their screening process very seriously and they will thoroughly evaluate their potential cloud suppliers’ governance and data security policies.
There is another reason for this. As per the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), unifying and strengthening data protection is going to be of utmost importance. A written definition of the data governance policy must be handed over during an audit process.
8. Ability to Move Data Quickly
As it becomes top priority to move data quickly and economically, these would be one of the main focuses of cloud providers. Initially, it was very expensive to move the data in the cloud.
But with AWS Direct Connect (Amazon) and Azure ExpressRoute (Microsoft), enterprises can make use of IP-layer connectivity and independently provisioned dedicated circuits for dedicated transfer of data.
Customers need to pay for provisioned interconnect bandwidth only when they use it. More and more enterprises will start using these services as they begin to realize the importance of moving data quickly.
Lastly, but definitely not in the least,
9. Enterprises are Preferring Public Cloud Services
Until now the ball game was entirely with the Private Cloud services. This was because of the privacy and security features offered by them.
But now public services have come at the forefront with excellent security measures and impenetrable privacy offerings. This has caused many companies to migrate to public services. Hence, this will remain one of the important trends this year.
As cloud has become an indispensable tool for enterprises looking to have a better advantage over their competitors, more and more enterprises will migrate to cloud.
While small companies are able to compete on a same level with the bigger enterprises, the large enterprises themselves look forward to cutting costs with their cloud adoption strategies. So every category of enterprise (big, small or medium) is likely to benefit from the new trends in cloud computing.
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