Hybrid Cloud Trends 2016 - A Quick Glance Into The Future
In an amazingly short time span, Cloud Computing, also known as the hybrid cloud has managed to become an integral part of every IT department in an organization. The cloud computing platform helps freeing-up huge sets of information that were 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 research shows that “The use of cloud computing is now growing, and by 2016 this growth will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend, according to Gartner, Inc. 2016 will be a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.”
A survey conducted by Right Scale on Cloud Computing trends and its impact on large organizations and SMBs. The findings show that “77 percent of respondents are adopting private cloud, up by 63 percent in 2015 due to which, use of hybrid cloud environment has increased to 71 percent. In total, 95 percent of respondents are adopting the cloud, up from 93 percent last year”.
Hence, there has been a massive growth in the adoption rates of every technology associated with the private cloud and it is distributed across all providers. As per the survey report, for organizations of all sizes, 44% of respondents adopt the vSphere environment as the private cloud. OpenStack and VMware vCloud Suite are second with 19%.
The evolution is definitely isn’t seeing a stop sign because of the rapid and continuous advancement in the technology.
These reports back the abovesaid 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 the cloud-based 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
Improved Transparency and Data Analytics
As OpEx-based hybrid cloud models are gaining importance with time. With this, organizations are obtaining 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 aspects like cost, value, and impact, will be largely adopted. The whole idea will be to eventually optimize an organization’s cloud infrastructure according to its core business objectives and analytics that provide much deeper insights.
More Inclination Towards Private Cloud Adoption
The adoption of private cloud models has grown at a rapid pace as it comes with a pack of hosting and cloud including, customization, cost-effectiveness, and rapid enablement. Private cloud models, not only attract the IT decision-makers with a perfect cloud strategy but also accelerate the number of non-cloud natives, enterprise-grade and critical applications to migrate to the cloud.
Private Cloud models also enable IT departments for
- Optimizing the overall infrastructure costs and performance of various applications related to the cloud.
- Enhancing the service levels via customized extensions that are unique as per the user and the application.
- Increased agility in the organizational infrastructure.
- Offering an extremely high level of security options.
Security Management Across Virtual Boundaries Gaining More Focus
When moving to the cloud, the thing that worries an employer the most is maintaining data security and breach of sensitive information, that they are going to share with the third-party vendor. Moreover, the tools used by employees are becoming more virtual and thus, organizations demand 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 the cloud solution.
Complexities and Challenges Associated with Cloud Adoption
The use of cloud technology is on the rise but it comes with some major challenges
Resistance to Change
When it comes to integrating new technology, the biggest challenge is people's resistance to change. Managing the IT infrastructure on a cloud instead of an inhouse setup will be an entirely new experience for the workforce. The cloud computing provider can offer end-to-end cloud infrastructure services from designing to testing and deployment to management.
Lack of Expertise
There is no doubt in the fact that moving to the cloud can improve the efficiency and accountability of your business. But getting it done right needs expertise and certified cloud IT professionals. Whether it is defining cloud culture, or creating the right cloud management strategies, your approach to cloud adoption will decide its success. You must hire an experienced cloud vendor to leverage the potential benefits of a cloud computing platform.
In the upcoming years, we will see massive growth in demand for cloud-based services. Organizations from banking & finance, shipping & logistics and other sectors are realizing the benefits of cloud computing services and what they can procure by migrating to the cloud platform. The above discussed rapidly developing trends are already in practice catering to the needs of extremely efficient cloud strategy. These trends optimize the organizational cloud adoptions and help businesses keep pace with advancement and innovation in cloud technology. Now, only the time will decide what turn it will take in the years to come.