4 Trends That Will Define Cloud Computing In 2017

by Wrik Sen    Dec 05, 2016


Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has been a transformative and a disruptive force over the last five years. As per Forrester Research, the cloud market will be accelerating faster, as enterprises the world around, will be looking to gain as much efficiency as well, as they look for a feasible scaling road-map for their enterprises.

What initially came as a wave in 2006 through Amazon Web Services, which started with simple computing devices, now a little over a decade later, averages around $11 billion in revenue. Dave Bartoletti, Forrester Analyst spoke of some of the trends, which would be present in 2017, when he said, “Enterprises with big budgets, data centers and complex applications are now looking at cloud as a viable place to run core business applications.” [Read the full article here]

Though not specific to India, but the data furbished by Forrester Research, from the 1,000 North American and European enterprises they considered for their study, 38 percent of the North American and European ones said that they were in process of building a private cloud infrastructure. 32% of the mentioned that that they use public cloud services, whereas the rest admitted to putting efforts to embrace cloud in some form. Out of the total, 59% even mentioned that they were ready for a hybrid cloud model. Needless to say, cloud is making it big, and 2017 has some notable trends coming up. 

1) Age of the ‘Mega Cloud Providers’

Some of the biggest cloud service providers and corporate experts, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, formed a majority of the $87 billion market in 2015, for cloud services. This figure will go up to $146 billion, where some of these players will be a playing a majority role in the series of cloud services, to provided to the world market. Considering this, there will perhaps also be some more localized players, who can cater to a more localized demand, but by and large, the biggest players in the market will occupy a majority of the market.

What is also fueling this development, is that enterprises are increasingly encountering for themselves, the challenges which cripple their efforts to building a private cloud, which actually works out to be a feasible option. Most efforts have been time and capital consuming exercises. As Capital One CIO Rob Alexander mentioned after moving to Amazon Web Services for the enterprise cloud needs, “We recognized that we were spending a lot of time, energy, effort and management bandwidth to create infrastructure that already exists out there in a much better state and is evolving at a furious pace.”  

2) Cost Management

In some regards, it is contradiction to the earlier made point about cost management; many CIOs believe that public cloud would always work out cheaper for their enterprise needs, as they also invest in cloud management software at their end. In fact, it just might work to the contrary. Hence, as companies evolve with the ‘best practices’, there will be higher efficiency in the monitoring and consumption of capital. Bartoletti also cited an example of a large software giant, which took out $300,000 out of the total $2.5 million bill for cloud infrastructure expenditure, only by monitoring the consumption patterns for public cloud services.

3) Application migration

As expensive as it will be, but in order to take advantage of the public cloud infrastructures, it is crucial that enterprises build applications meant to run on public cloud, from the private cloud framework they are working on at present. The aim will be to move from simply loading the apps on the cloud, to re-factoring them to take advantage of migration services offered, and testing the how flexible the public cloud infrastructure can turns out for native and new applications. However, the initial phases of such a move will be expensive, because there is complete recycling of the company in question.

4) Container enabled transitions

Containers are special tools which help developers manage software code, especially for those deployed on cloud. Forrester has mentioned, that with most prominent private and public clouds, there will be Linux containers available, which developers could utilize for creating new stacks to help with micro-services development. However, with the advent of the these container, within the earlier parts of 2017, companies will also need think on the lines of security, monitoring, storage and network, which are issues arising out of large scale deployment in production. As Bartoletti said, “Your first step should be to evaluate the pros and cons of on-premises private PaaS versus a managed public cloud development platform; you might need both.”