In an amazingly short time span of just a few years or so, Cloud Computing, interchangeably referenced as hybrid cloud or virtualization, has managed to become an integral part of an enterprise’s IT strategy, by helping in freeing-up a large chunk of Information Technology that was previously restricted within legacy software and hardware licensing data center models. This has revolutionized and democratized the entire approach of delivering services, data accessibility, and much more.

The evolution is definitely isn’t seeing a stop sign because of the rapid and continuous advancement in the technology. 

These reports back the above said statement,

  1. At least half of IT spending will be cloud based and over 50 percent of the organizations are expected to partner with industry cloud platforms by 2018 (IDC).
  2. Also, by 2020, the estimated growth of cloud market will be USD 198 billion, a USD 140 billion growth since 2013  (Gartner).

Let’s see what hybrid cloud trends will rule 2016 & beyond..

#1 Improved Transparency and Data Analytics

As opex-based hybrid cloud models are gaining importance with time, organizations are gaining a better view of the cloud’s performance and the costs associated with the same. This has triggered an instant need for greater transparency and cloud expenditure analysis along with the application’s performance. Thus, tools that are capable of generating and analyzing the aspects like cost, value and impact, will be largely adopted. The whole idea will be to eventually optimize an organization’s cloud infrastructure against its core business objectives and analytics providing much deeper insights. 

#2 More Inclination Towards Private Cloud Adoption

Private cloud models, along with attracting the IT decision-makers with a perfect cloud strategy, are accelerating non-cloud natives, enterprise-grade and critical applications to migrate to the cloud. 

These models also enable IT departments for

  1. Optimizing the overall infrastructure costs and performance of various applications related to cloud. 
  2. Enhancing the service levels via customized extensions that are unique as per the user and the application.
  3. Increasing agility in the organizational infrastructure.
  4. Offering extremely high level of security options.

#3 Security Management Across Virtual Boundaries Gaining More Focus

When moving to the cloud, the thing that worries an employer the most is the security of critical organizational data, that they are going to give it in someone else’s hands. Moreover, the tools used by employees are becoming more virtual and thus, organizations demand for an option that is secure enough to manage their virtual environment in a much more efficient and cost-effective way. Also, the security against a cyber attack is also what an organization seeks in their cloud solution. 

Coming years will see a strong growth in demand for cloud-based services as the organizations are fast realizing what they can procure by moving to the cloud. To cater this demand, the above discussed rapidly sprouting trends are already in practice catering extremely efficient cloud strategy, along with optimizing theorganizational cloud adoptions and helping businesses match their speed with the speed in which cloud technology is being modified. Now, only the time will decide what turn it will take in the years to come.