Last year was a tipping point for cloud business applications. The cloud-centric IT landscape unleashed major forces for change in legacy systems, business models, and IT infrastructure management. The cloud market will continue to grow at a sweltering pace in 2017 as organizations shift cloud efforts into high gear for both core business systems as well as their customer-facing applications.
Cloud business applications have changed the playing field of technology deployment. IDC forecasts that 40 percent of IT spend will be for cloud-oriented technologies by the end of 2018, and 45-50 percent of all spend will be for cloud delivered models by 2020.
Let’s have a look into the top five trends in cloud business applications for 2017:
1. Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
Hyper-convergence is a type of infrastructure that integrates computing, storage, networking and virtualization resources with other technologies supported by a single vendor. Industry pundits are validating what cloud service providers have been experiencing for some time now – only hyper-converged cloud platforms can ultimately keep up with fast-paced growth that we will see in the future. Gradually, cloud service providers’ next-generation cloud ecosystems will be built on a hyper-converged architecture that will be able to remarkably speed up scalability and shave off maintenance costs. The pre-integrated, consolidated computation and storage resources of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions help cloud solutions run faster and scale further. It is well suited for new workloads that demand rapid and automated scale-up and scale-out.
Enterprises are paying more attention to the new trend of using containers with virtual machines. Container technology is an approach to software development that standardizes and packages pieces of code to they can quickly plugged into different programs. As microservices and containerized workloads go mainstream, new categories such as container management, security, logging, monitoring are driving conversations about public cloud deployments. Containers-as-a-service is well positioned to emerge as the fastest growing delivery model in the public cloud. We will likely see container-driven software code management rise along with Linux containers that may soon become available in most of the public and private cloud platforms in 2017.
3. Lift-And-Shift Cloud Migration Model
As hybrid clouds become more popular, many organizations would benefit from the freedom to painlessly migrate from one cloud to another. With new lift-and-shift tools, cloud migration will become easier in 2017. These tools help organizations implement and transition more smoothly from public to private clouds, or vice versa. Lift-and-shift migration tools will accelerate the rate of cloud migration in 2017. For instance, instead of just dumping existing apps onto public cloud, organizations will be able to use lift-and-shift migration solutions to re-calibrate apps to take advantage of cloud’s elasticity.
4. Cloud Monitoring-as-a-Service
Another trend that’s resulting from growing use of hybrid cloud solutions, is that more organizations are turning to Cloud Monitoring as a Service (CMaaS) to monitor performance across the multiple suppliers that will now be interdependent to an organization’s IT service delivery. It is essential that these services are independent of the providers themselves. It can also be used to monitor in-house environments and hosted and private cloud services by deploying or installing gateways into the monitored environment.
5. Cloud Management Platform and Cloud Service Brokers
Today’s average company manages at least six versions of cloud, with three in a production environment and the rest in development or test areas. As organizations continue to deploy a number of clouds across various providers to meet particularly unique requirements or for risk mitigation, IT teams are beginning to develop the cloud management headache called “cloud sprawl.” That’s why in 2017, enterprises will increasingly rely on new cloud management platforms and services to manage various cloud instances across providers, audit cloud functions, and monitor and control the platforms. Along with this trend, organizations will also see the rise of a new role: cloud service broker, a service provider that will help define and determine the optimum approach to cloud management and security.
Several enterprises moved to the cloud to gain advantage over their competitors and now need to use cloud business applications. The sheer flexibility, scalability and cost-friendly nature of cloud business applications has started to attract consumers from a wide range of industries, including aviation, healthcare, and automobile. With the largest commercial organizations gradually tapping into cloud services, cloud adoption is expected to increase to a greater extent in 2017.