According to a Forrester Research survey, 38% of enterprise decision-makers said they are building private clouds, with 32% procuring public cloud services and the remainder planning to implement some form of cloud technology this year.
1. Co-location services are on the rise
Most CIOs are looking to cease running their own data centers. Many are moving their systems to managed data centers, where they benefit from convenient connectivity to various public cloud and SaaS services.
2. Cloud cost containment
CIOs engaging with multiple cloud providers are facing increasingly complex cloud vendor management, increasing costs. Many companies are hiring or partnering to help choose and negotiate cloud contracts.
3. Hyperconverge your private cloud
More Forrester clients are citing security as a reason to shift to public cloud services, but not every CIO wants to accept risks associated with entrusting their customer and other sensitive data to a third-party vendor. On-prem Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions offer pre-integrated compute, storage and networking resources that help organizations get their cloud implementations running faster while maintain full control.
4. There’s a container for that
The use of containers enables developers to manage and easily migrate software code. Many companies are using them to enable portability between cloud services (such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud) as they build out their devops strategies for faster software production.
5. Lift and shift those cloud apps
Companies are seeking to refactor apps to run on public cloud systems, leveraging migration services, rather than simply dumping existing apps into a public cloud. The optimum option to move an application is to rewrite it to take advantage of cloud’s elasticity, although this lift-and-shift migration can be costly.
6. Enterprise apps come to public cloud
Companies are hosting enterprise applications in AWS, suggesting that CIOs have become more comfortable hosting critical software in the public cloud. Dollar Shave Club runs Spark analytics software in AWS. Cardinal Health runs Splunk in AWS. Several others are running business apps, such as SAP, in AWS. You can expect this trend to continue as CIOs rely more heavily on public cloud providers.