Many companies are now looking to refactor apps to effectively run on the public cloud systems. This would help leverage migration services and it works better than simply dumping apps into a public cloud.
The fact that business today operates completely on cloud is no longer ‘news’. Cloud computing is a necessity, an expertise in which determines the success of a business.
The New Wave
There is a second wave in the cloud computing market that is affecting the public, private and hybrid cloud services. Many enterprises are now building private services or procuring public cloud services. There are still other enterprises that are planning on implementing new cloud technology.
Companies like Google, Microsoft and IBM are opening data centres to lure big companies to their cloud. There are also many speciality clouds that have cropped up recently after Amazon’s venture into cloud computing services. These developments in the market makes it imperative for CIOs to not only adopt but also catch up with the new cloud strategies that is changing the business scene. There are basically six trends that are reshaping the second wave in the market of cloud adoption.
A Rise in Co-Location Services:
Running one’s own data centre is a lot of work! It also eats away a lot of time of CIOs. This has increasingly made them avoid a possibility of running data centres. However, it is not easy to decide on a particular cloud given that there are so many options to choose from. This has resulted in CIOs turning to co-location services. Co-locations like Equinix and Digital Realty, etc. allow a business to move their systems to a managed data centre, where they can get all the benefits that come from various public clouds and also SaaS services.
Co-location services also help businesses to test and try the cloud before deciding on what works best for them. A CIO who is unsure about a cloud service can easily test services from Azure, AWS or Google Cloud without the need to be committed until they feel their business is ready to move.
Cost Containment Tools:
Cloud cost management is a factor that is increasingly getting complex. This results in businesses that engage with multiple cloud provider get really confused with cloud vendor management – reason being many vendors themselves are inexperienced. The huge corporations like AWS etc. do not make things any better what with their many cloud services consumption plans. CIOs who have used the services of AWS knows that they charge customers for the cloud services by the number of messages exchanged and in some cases messages exchanged in an hour.
Interestingly because of this complexity companies have started the trend to hire a Cloud Architect who can help choose the correct cloud services and negotiate contracts. All of this has given rise to cloud cost management tools like Cloudability, Cloud cruiser and Cloudyn.
The Rise of Hyperconverge Infrastructure Solutions:
Businesses are often tempted to move to public clouds given the fact that it makes things easy for them. But not all CIOs are allured by the risks to their company data that a shift to a public cloud or a third-party vendor brings with it. Managing private clouds on the other hand brings a lot of expenses. Mostly because a private cloud comes with the costs of virtualization, automation, standardization, resource monitoring and self-service access etc.
This is where the Hyperconverged Infrastructure solutions comes in. This provides:
- Pre-integrated compute
- Storage and Networking Resources
- Faster Cloud Implementations
The benefits of HCI has made it increasingly popular with organizations for their private cloud development.
Use of Containers:
Containers are the latest development that has made its presence felt in the world of Cloud Computing. Containers is basically a process that allows for a reliable software transfer from one computing system to another. Developers all over are increasingly making use of containers to migrate and manage software code. Their popularity and ease of usage has made many companies use it to enable portability between services from the big corporations like AWS, Google Cloud etc.
Container Development is one trend that is catching up on the Cloud Computing world.
However, the usage of containers also opens a new dimension where companies need to struggle with fresh security, monitoring, storage and networking problems. These problems will continue to rise as containers start to be used extensively in production all over.
Lift and Shift Tools:
The lift and shift tools is another popular tool that has arrived in the cloud computing world. This tool allows one to accelerate the pace of cloud migration. For the bulk application migrations it comes with a very low cost feature.
Many companies are now looking to refactor apps to effectively run on the public cloud systems. This would help leverage migration services and it works better than simply dumping apps into a public cloud. The lift and shift tools are costly but then it helps a business to take maximum advantage of cloud’s elasticity feature.
Enterprise Apps Moving to Public Cloud:
Using public cloud is convenient. Many CIOs are comfortable with hosting software in the public cloud. Spark Analytics, Splunk and SAP to name a few are software that companies prefer to run in AWS. This is a trend that is catching up fast with all companies. There is a growing trend that CIOs will start to rely even more in the future on the services of the Public Cloud Providers.
The business world is evolving every moment. It was not long ago that cloud computing started as a concept. Looking at the scenario now it seems like it has been in the business world forever. Some even question the possibility of doing business without a cloud computing system. It is important for businesses now to know the trending changes that shape the digital market world. We have looked at the six trends that has reached the cloud computing market today. Rest assured that these will soon be history and there will be fresh, more advanced trends to look out for. The only mantra that would work today is ‘Keep looking, keep implementing and keep evolving with the changes.