In this new world of computing, where microservices, containers, serverless computing, SaaS and PaaS all gaining momentum, relying on the cloud is no longer considered to be the cutting edge of IT. Enterprises need to understand – and adopt – the latest strategies in cloud computing simply to keep up, never mind gain a competitive advantage.
As we look ahead to 2017, I have three main predictions for the cloud computing industry:
Prediction 1: Microservices are “in” in 2017.
When coupled with automation platforms, microservices will be the application architecture of the very near future. Mainstream cloud services will be constructed using microservices principles and each microservice will execute in either containers or as code fragments triggered in a serverless architecture. Microservices will drive increased adoption of comprehensive automation; the more moving parts, the more automation is needed to keep everything coordinated. Over the past few years we’ve seen microservices go from theory to practice for cloud native applications, and 2017 is the year they become a true standard for enterprises embracing the cloud.
Prediction 2: Software defined data centers and hyper-converged infrastructure systems become commodities.
This is the year we’ll see software defined data centers and hyper-converged infrastructure systems recede in importance and customer awareness. They will become the standard ‘invisible’ plumbing that underpins the services that applications use. As such, they will be increasingly commoditized in the cloud world, with fewer customers consuming their products. The proprietary technologies that succeeded previously will be replaced by open source variants, hidden behind “Infrastructure as Code” APIs.
Prediction 3: Companies put more trust in the cloud.
Enterprises will come to trust the cloud more and more, deciding that managing computer infrastructure is no longer cost effective or in their strategic interests. Not only will they embrace the public cloud, but they will do so at the higher level of abstractions of PaaS and SaaS – not at the lower level of IaaS. IT is no longer running their applications or services, nor are they hosting them, nor are they managing them running in the cloud. SaaS will rapidly emerge as the dominant model for business services and applications that don’t provide competitive differentiation.
According to Gartner, by 2020, a “no-cloud policy” will be as rare as a “no internet policy” is today, and hybrid is expected to be the most common usage of cloud infrastructure. Adopting a cloud automation strategy will be imperative to enterprises’ success in managing hybrid cloud enviroments. If you want to dive deeper into how automation can help reshape your cloud strategy in 2017, join me on January 25 for a webinar with Forrester Principal Analyst Dave Bartoletti as we explore how companies should embrace this new world of computing – or risk being left behind.