More Cloud Computing Trends for 2015 and Beyond

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
March 11, 2015

Late last year we shared some thoughts that Gartner had about what 2015 had in store for cloud computing. You can check out the details from our post, but here is a quick recap…

  1. Formal decision frameworks facilitate cloud investment optimization.
  2. Hybrid cloud computing is an imperative.
  3. Cloud services brokerages (CSBs) will facilitate cloud consumption.
  4. Cloud-centric design becomes a necessity.
  5. Cloud computing influences future data center and operational models.

These cloud computing trends will certainly have you thinking about your IT transformation and modernization, but there are other predictions which are also worth noting from some other technology gurus.

From Gigaom:

  • Cloud consolidation will continue. The cloud M&A scene was busy in 2014 and I think this prediction is probably spot-on. Amazon, Google, and Microsoft may dominate the public cloud computing landscape at the moment, but consolidation will likely create a number of niche players in the months ahead.
  • Legendary IT giants will keep slimming down. Gigaom believes that IBM and VMware will continue to pare headcount, and while this may be true it does say something about the maturity of the cloud computing landscape. Has the public cloud computing market become a commodity?
  • Yes, there’ll be more price cuts, but feature wars will spike. I think this is inevitable! As prices bottom out and becomes less of a buying factor the key players will have to up their game to increase market share.
  • It’s all about security, silly. I believe that security will become the most important factor for public cloud success. I do believe that for most organizations and enterprises, data security will drive more hybrid cloud adoption, and I think that data security will become a hot topic for all organizations and consumers as well. The data breach will continue to be a headline in 2015 (and beyond).

IDC revealed their cloud predictions for 2015 as well, and in fact looked even further beyond 2015 for many of their thoughts:

  • More than 65% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud technologies before 2016, vastly driving the rate and pace of change in IT organizations. (Just as Gartner suggested and as we’ve discussed).
  • By 2017, 20% of enterprises will see enough value in community-driven open source standards/frameworks to adopt them strategically.
  • By 2017, 25% of IT organizations will formally support a "consumer tier" to allow workers to develop their own personal automation.
  • By 2017, IT buyers will actively channel 20% of their IT budgets through industry clouds to enable flexible collaboration, information sharing, and commerce.
  • By 2016, more than 50% of enterprise IT organizations building hybrid clouds will purchase new or updated workload-aware cloud management solutions.
  • 60% of SaaS applications will leverage new function-driven, micro-priced IaaS capabilities by 2018, adding innovation to a "commodity" service.
  • By 2015, 65% of the selection criteria for enterprise cloud workloads in global IT markets will be shaped by efforts to comply with data privacy legislation.
  • 75% of IaaS provider offerings will be redesigned, rebranded, or phased out in the next 12-24 months.
  • By 2016, there will be an 11% shift of IT budget away from traditional in-house IT delivery, towards various versions of cloud as a new delivery model.
  • By 2017, 35% of new applications will use cloud-enabled continuous delivery and DevOps lifecycles for faster rollout of new features and business innovation.

Certainly there are big things ahead for cloud computing solutions and IT in general. What do you see in the months and years ahead for cloud computing? How is your data center evolving?

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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