To kick off the new year, Gartner recently published a report (Predicts 2017: Cloud Computing Enters Its Second Decade) about predictions for, and analysis of, the cloud computing landscape. The firm notes that cloud computing is increasingly becoming a vehicle for next-generation digital business, as well as for agile, scalable and elastic solutions and that CIOs and other IT leaders need to constantly adapt their strategies to leverage cloud capabilities.
Key findings from the report include:
- Organizations are leaving behind the cloud experimentation stage and are looking for strategic relationships with cloud technology providers. Seeking strategic partnerships, large-enterprise customers will look for the breadth of a cloud service provider’s (CSP’s) vision and execution.
Our take: We couldn’t agree more. True partnerships are key to long-term success in the cloud. It is why we’ve partnered for years with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and most recently Alibaba to ensure that our relationships are strategic for the overall benefit of our customers.
- Many objections to cloud adoption are gradually becoming discredited. There is growing evidence that the security of business data in the cloud for most mainstream organizations equals or exceeds the levels achieved by mainstream IT on-premises.
Our take: We agree, and here is some further reading on advice pertaining to cloud security:
- A move toward all-in cloud should not be confused with a wholesale lift and shift of data center content onto third-party cloud infrastructure as that, in many cases, will not bring enough advantage to warrant the effort and risk of such a move.
Our take: This distinction is important. Cloud certainly isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, which is why we believe that a combination of cloud infrastructures – whether private or public – are the reality today and will continue to be in the future. Furthermore, you can’t lift and shift your infrastructure and call it a day. It takes constant and ongoing monitoring and management of cloud infrastructures to equal success. Interested in additional insights related to hybrid cloud? Here’s some additional reading:
- Affordability and cash-flow concerns are the main considerations around enterprise-level piracy, especially for small or rapid-growth businesses. Subscription models directly address affordability and cash-flow concerns.
Our take: Keeping cloud costs contained is an important element to any cloud strategy, and a priority for us. Fun fact: others in the industry bill based on metered services, meaning if you call their support teams 15 times in a month, your bill will reflect that every single month. When our clients have a solution with us, they can contact our support once or 100 times. It doesn’t matter what level of engineer you get on the phone, we do not meter our support services. For further advice pertaining to cloud costs, see Patrick McClory’s take on cloud reporting costs in a recent Network World piece: How to get cloud cost reporting under control.
To see further insights from Gartner’s recent cloud report, download the full version here: https://www.gartner.com/doc/3534418/predicts–cloud-computing-enters.