One of my favorite reasons to attend the Gartner Symposium year after year is to hear about the main trends that are dominating and obtain Gartner’s insights on the market. Last year’s event was centered around data gravity. This year, the theme was all around cloud as the baseline.
Let me explain with an analogy: when you plug in your toaster to toast your bread, you don’t care where that power came from in that moment, or if it was sourced from hydro or wind or coal, etc. Cloud is approaching that same method of thinking – the cloud is, in a way, blending into the background. Nobody wants to be preoccupied with where it comes from, but everything is being built on top of it. It’s become the standard.
Building on top of that theme, Gartner believes private clouds will eventually be obsolete. They argue you can do everything in the public cloud that the private cloud can offer. While I see their point, I would politely disagree, at least for the near term. While the public cloud, with providers such as AWS and Google, is certainly a massive shift in the way we operate today and is experiencing massive growth daily, we still see customers asking for private cloud environments to accommodate specific workloads. Eventually this could shift and will be an interesting evolution if it does, but for the time being, we see a hybrid of environments being what enterprises currently need.
As always, it’ll be interesting to see what future predictions Gartner makes, especially as we head into the end of 2016 and look to 2017.
To see even more from Gartner Symposium, check out our Storify recap of the event.