Far from media emphases, the cloud will continue to grow in the coming years. The real trend will be more about fulfilling the promises of previous years …
For once, let’s put ourselves on the sidelines of the peremptory claims of analysts and publishers – who see everything in the cloud! – to be realistic in delivering to the delicate exercise of forecasts. Without taking too many risks, looking at 2019.
And for that, let’s start by looking back. We have all seen it, the ‘everything in the cloud’ is far from the norm. While the ‘cloud first’ approach is attractive, it mainly concerns start-ups and new business projects, attracted by simplicity, speed, and the Opex model without investment.
The end of ‘everything in the cloud’, even if everything will end there … The year 2019 will be the year of consolidation of experiments and cloud projects. This is reflected less in the construction of private or public clouds than in the restructuring or even reconstruction of existing IT infrastructures.
The Gartner itself recognizes that today organizations are turning away from “lift and shift” strategies, ie from one environment to another. While migration to the cloud remains a central theme with many benefits, this model is no longer seen as a priority, but as an option.
The goal now is to find the right approach to build the computing of tomorrow. 2019 will be the year of this strategic consolidation. The Garner has also postponed the deadline of the all-in-one cloud strategy to 2021 …
Simplification And Automation
This trend, we will not escape … And the fact, organizations have to deal with three fundamental movements that can not be avoided: the explosion of data, the evolution of workloads (in the cloud too), and the complexification of architectures.
Monitoring workloads on dispersed infrastructures and in the cloud and traceability of systems have become difficult missions for humans alone. Organizations will have to revisit their strategies to simplify their environments – which does not mean that they will not continue to become more complex, on the contrary! – and to manage it.
Automation is required and will play an important and even key role, it will be the only way to maintain the good practice. CIOs are aware of this and are looking for management and steering solutions that will help them achieve their goals. Still a priority for 2019.
The Hybrid Cloud Will Become A Reality
Remember, the hybrid cloud was the big trend of the cloud in 2017, after becoming fashionable across the Atlantic in 2016. It takes a year for what gets into US IT practices our shores …
In fact, and like most trends brought by analysts and relayed by the media, it is only now that we are beginning to see this approach come true! RightScale has only realized this year that the hybrid cloud has become a major business practice.
It remains to be seen whether the priority of the organization remains their private cloud infrastructure, for the moment it is the case in the majority (70%) of the companies, or if the public cloud and the colocation for the deployment of the workloads will take them in front of?
In the end, the true cloud trend for 2019 and certainly the years to come, is the pragmatism of organizations that adopt a measured strategy. Yes, they are seduced by the cloud and its announced benefits, but no, they do not rush, preferring to build a real cloud infrastructure strategy, without having to break everything to try the adventure of a random switch.