2020 Cloud and Containers Predictions
See how cloud service providers will grow and adapt int 2020 and how enterprises are using clouds and containers.
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As 2019 draws to a close, we've been busily compiling thoughts from across the internet about what's going to happen next year. When I first started at DZone back in 2016, Docker Swarm was eagerly competing with Kubernetes, hybrid clouds were definitely going to solve everyone's problems, and the debate raged over managed services and vendor lock-in. Clearly, some things have changed, and others haven't.
Regardless, we asked our contributors and contacts what they thought next year will look like, and here's what they had to say.
Frank Eaves, Sr. Engineer, DZone.com: Backing into open source: If you look at the main competitors in the space of cloud, you have Amazon, Microsoft, then you have Google. All of them are going to be fighting for customers. They're going to provide better services. They're going to make it easier and faster to do that.
I think it's fascinating to see how open source plays to this. Open source looks out for the community, whereas Amazon, Microsoft, and Google look out for their stuff. So they're going to have to find a way to interface with open source.
- Ankur Singla, CEO, Volterra: Multi-cloud beats multiple clouds: “Multi-cloud” has gained a lot of buzz these past couple years, but very few organizations have adopted a true multi-cloud strategy. Most enterprises are indeed deploying apps in several public cloud platforms, but they’re typically keeping one app entirely in one cloud and another app entirely in another cloud rather than deploying a given app across several clouds. This siloing has partially been driven by creeping shadow IT practices.
In 2020, this will change, however, as more and more apps will each be deployed across two or more public clouds. This true approach to multi-cloud allows organizations to better embrace microservices and enables them to optimize apps by leveraging unique features in each cloud. Furthermore, it yields better availability for each app (if one cloud goes down, you have the app in another) while also meeting certain compliance requirements (in case you need an app’s data to be located in a specific region).
- Kunal Agarwal, CEO, Unravel Data: Kubernetes for everything: Kubernetes recently surpassed Docker as the most talked-about container technology. In the future, every data technology will run on Kubernetes. We may not quite get there in 2020, but Kubernetes will continue to see rising adoption as more major vendors base their flagship platforms on it. There are still some kinks to be ironed out, such as issues with persistent storage, but those are currently being addressed with initiatives like BlueK8s. The entire big data community is behind Kubernetes, and its continued domination is assured.
- Haoyuan Li, founder and CTO, Alluxio: Rise of the hybrid cloud (really): We’ve been hearing people talk about the hybrid cloud for the past three years now. And for the most part, that’s all it’s been — talk. 2020 is the year it gets real. But first, what does hybrid cloud actually mean? Red Hat defines hybrid cloud as “a combination of two or more cloud environments — public or private.” We are seeing large enterprises refusing to add capacity on-prem to their Hadoop deployments and instead invest in the public cloud. But they are still not willing to move their core enterprise data to the cloud. Data will stay on-prem and compute will be burst to the cloud, particularly for peak demands and unpredictable workloads. Technologies that provide optimal approaches to achieve this will drive the rise of the hybrid cloud.
- Paul Ponzeka, CTO, Abacus: On-prem continues to flounder: Expect to see an increase of third-party vendors ramping down development and upkeep for legacy on-prem software while accelerating their Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based model. On-prem software is incredibly more difficult to scale, particularly on the support side. To be able to properly support customer environments, where the vendor is blind to the rest of the infrastructure ecosystem is time-consuming, and a reputational risk to them in comparison to the public cloud SaaS-based model.
- Vadim Vladimirskiy, CEO, Nerdio: MSPs will need to adopt a recurring revenue business model: Many MSPs aren’t equipped with a business model that allows them to grasp making money in a cloud world, so to stay competitive in 2020 they will need to adopt a business model based on recurring revenue.
- Amol Dalvi, VP Product, Nerdio: More cloud, more managed services: Public cloud adoption will increase and will make it easier for companies to take advantage of other new technologies as well because they can be adopted easier, faster, and more affordably through the cloud rather than companies testing and implementing tech like AI, IoT, etc. through custom data centers.
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