The cloud may have matured from its previous state of revolution to one of evolution, with 95% of respondents to RightScale’s 2016 State of the Cloud Survey now using some kind of cloud solution, but that doesn’t mean that the sector exactly lacks new and exciting developments in 2016.
In an IT infrastructure landscape now increasingly shaped by data and analytics as well as the cloud, the evidence is that cloud computing is continuing to make the most of a wide range of disruptive opportunities.
Here are just some of the trends to have been observed or predicted for cloud computing this year.
The hybrid cloud comes of age
Hybrid cloud environments – those characterised by a combination of on-premise, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services – have become increasingly the norm in 2016.
According to the aforementioned RightScale survey, a big jump in the proportion of respondents adopting private cloud – 77%, compared to last year’s 63% – has helped to drive up hybrid cloud adoption to 71%. Only 6% of respondents depended solely on private cloud solutions, compared to the 18% using only the public cloud.
The biggest corporations realising the value of the cloud
Cloud migration may have once been seen as something that only start-ups and other small organisations needed to consider – given the greater resources of the largest firms that enabled them to invest in their own on-premise hardware and software – but that is set to change considerably in 2016.
The biggest enterprises – even those in especially change-resistant industries – are coming to realise that by embracing cloud technologies, they can reduce costs and risks while maximising their competitiveness. With overheads becoming increasingly unsustainable otherwise, the cloud is rapidly proving its relevance to every business size and sector.
Security no longer the greatest concern…
While all of RightScale’s State of the Cloud Reports since 2013 had seen IT professionals declare security the top challenge in the cloud sector, a hike in the proportion of respondents citing lack of resources/expertise – from 27% to 32% – made it the most commonly expressed concern in the 2016 survey.
Such a trend could probably be seen as a natural consequence of improvements in cloud security and the associated tendency for organisations to increasingly trust the cloud as somewhere to place their workloads, heightening the need for suitably trained IT and development staff to deal with it all.
…But it won’t cease to be an issue anytime soon
Cloud security is still a subject of anxiety to many IT professionals – as a matter of fact, a greater proportion of respondents to the RightScale survey cited it this year (29%) than last year (28%).
Furthermore, as the cloud comes to be adopted by ever-more organisations, meaning the greater prominence of confidential data and apps on remote servers, such security challenges as DDoS attacks are likely to become more of a worry, rather than less, for many of the IT professionals grappling with the cloud in 2016.
By using a trusted cloud migration specialist for your own organisation’s switch to the cloud, you can better ensure that your business negotiates the relentless changes that are continuing to be felt in the cloud computing space. One such company, RedPixie, has written a useful cloud guide for CFOs.
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