As predicted, it’s prediction time for 2018! The year ahead will bring more technology advancements, and also advancements for the people using that technology as they figure out what will work best for their users. Cloud infrastructures come in a lot of different flavors these days, but they all need to perform well and consistently if they’re going to succeed.
If you’re using cloud now, and planning to use more of it (that probably covers most enterprises), here are a couple of interesting cloud computing trends to watch. Some of them, like the Internet of Everything concept, may not be coming that soon to your data center, but the rise of 5G and continually improving internet quality will likely be welcome news for a lot of IT teams. Increasing storage capacity from cloud storage providers may also make a big difference. Those providers are using larger-capacity equipment in their data centers to handle the demands of enterprise cloud computing. Those demands include the use of PaaS and IaaS, but in 2018, SaaS is expected to be the most highly deployed cloud service, according to a Cisco survey.
For more details on the future of enterprise cloud, here’s a look at how companies are settling into a hybrid cloud environment. VMware, the on-premises virtualization leader, has released multiple management as a service (MaaS) products so that enterprises can manage their multiple cloud systems using a SaaS-based product. Their virtual networking product also lets systems and network managers control apps and services for users in many locations. And as we’ve seen elsewhere, enterprise IT will continue finding a balance between managing cloud-native applications along with on-premises tools. Containers may play an important part there.
Cloud providers are also adjusting to enterprise demands by offering network options for faster cloud connections. AWS, Google, and Microsoft have all released private connection options for customers to connect from enterprise data centers to a public cloud or colo data center. Larger businesses are choosing these networks for security and performance reasons, and new customers like the option for the big initial data transfer to the cloud. Keeping data as close to end users as possible, by matching up user locations with cloud data centers, is a good foundation for improving network performance.
Hybrid cloud and multicloud deployments are making sense for a lot of enterprises, mostly because of their flexibility. At ONUG’s fall conference, some leading companies talked about the buy vs. build decision that’s now a part of IT infrastructure growth. One surprise is that it doesn’t necessarily depend on the cost, but has more to do with the competitive advantage that building a product in-house could bring. Technology-providing companies are also obviously more likely to build a missing piece themselves. And of course, having the right mix of engineering experts is important for any company building their ideal cloud infrastructure.