Five Cloud Trends for 2015

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
December 1, 2014

Do you have a strategy for capitalizing on cloud computing? What about your data center modernization plans? Are you factoring in cloud trends?

According to Gartner, a strong and regularly updated cloud computing strategy will be essential to enterprises to avoid costly mistakes and missed opportunities. Vice President and Gartner Fellow David Clearly explains:

Cloud computing is a major technology trend that has permeated the market over the last two years. It sets the stage for a new approach to IT that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they'll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models. Cloud computing has a significant potential impact on every aspect of IT and how users access applications, information and business services.

Gartner offered up five trends that enterprises need to be aware of through 2015, which will affect how they make informed IT decisions. Here’s a recap:

  1. Formal decision frameworks facilitate cloud investment optimization. Sounds like something that the IT Jargon Generator would state, but what Gartner is saying here is simply that to make the most of any cloud computing investment you need to consider how the cloud impacts a number of IT areas including security, lack of transparency, application performance and availability, possible vendor lock-in, licensing constraints, and IT integration needs. Cloud computing can be wide-reaching in terms of its impact on your IT environment so you need to consider all the areas in which it touches.
  2. Hybrid cloud computing is an imperative. We’ve blogged before on the benefits of the hybrid cloud computing model for organizations that are concerned about data security and scalability, and Gartner also thinks a hybrid model is sound. They believe that enterprises should establish guidelines and standards for how external cloud services (public or private) should combine with internal systems to form this hybrid cloud environment, and we believe this is sound advice.
  3. Cloud services brokerages (CSBs) will facilitate cloud consumption. As evidenced by the questions and challenges our clients are faced with when it comes to implementing smart cloud computing solutions we also think CSBs will continue to grow.
  4. Cloud-centric design becomes a necessity. Gartner suggests that enterprises look beyond the migration of workloads to the creation of cloud-optimized applications that make the most of the potential the cloud can provide. The more cloud computing solutions affect the organization as a whole, the more complex decisions becomes. Placing existing applications in the cloud, versus replacing applications with new cloud-driven solutions, are two completely different decisions with different enterprise-level implications.
  5. Cloud computing influences future data center and operational models. Any data center modernization effort needs to factor in cloud computing solutions. How does the use of any public cloud services impact your data center? The cloud can help your data center (and IT organization in general) increase agility and efficiency, but some legacy data center elements may be hampering this goal. Application Mapping may be a necessary first step in achieving cloud nirvana.

The cloud continues to proliferate and make inroads in most enterprises, but that’s not to say that most have it completely figured out. As we roll into 2015, these five trends Gartner has tabled will certainly continue to play out.

About Dustin Smith Throughout his twenty-year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist, Dustin is responsible for the strategic direction of aligning the company’s growing consulting services with the client challenges he finds in the field, and he works closely with his regional architects to design new programs to address these issues.

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2 Responses to 'Five Cloud Trends for 2015'

  • Ulf Mattsson, 12/19/2014 12:39 p.m. I agree about "benefits of the hybrid cloud computing model for organizations that are concerned about data security and scalability, and that "Cloud services brokerages (CSBs) will facilitate cloud consumption." I think that we urgently need better security for data in public cloud since IBM’s third annual Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) study reported "While concern over cloud security remains strong, close to 90% of respondents have adopted cloud or are currently planning cloud initiatives."

    I found good news in a report that is addressing Security and Cloud, by Gartner last month. The report analyzed solutions for Data Protection and Data Access Governance and the title of the report is "Market Guide for Data–Centric Audit and Protection.”

    The report concluded that "Organizations that have not developed data-centric security policies to coordinate management processes and security controls across data silos need to act."

    Gartner also reviewed “Cloud Encryption Gateways”, providing encryption and tokenization before the data is sent to the cloud. Cloud encryption gateways typically provide a choice of various encryption and tokenization algorithms to meet the requirements of different data sensitivity levels.

    It looks like a cloud security gateway can be an interesting option since it can provide data tokenization. Data tokenization proved to be a cost effective approach to secure the sensitive data itself across the entire data flow. Recent studies reported that data tokenization can cut security incidents by 50 % compared to alternative data protection methods, like encryption.

    I think it is time to re-think our security approach and be more data-centric.

    Ulf Mattsson, CTO Protegrity
  • Brajesh Goyal, 12/26/2014 1:20 p.m. I couldn't agree more with the above trends. We are seeing these trends at our customers.

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