by Luc Van Haver
“Cloud services have matured to the point where they can absolutely deliver value for many use cases,” said Ed Anderson, research VP of cloud services at Gartner.
Here are five ways enterprises can tap into 2014’s top cloud trends to achieve a competitive edge in the year ahead.
I’ve explained hybrid clouds in human before. The more academic explanation would be the combination of two or more cloud services coming together to create a unified cloud experience. It can be a mix of private and public cloud services, but can also include combinations that are all public or all private. Experts are convinced that in the future not one particular cloud solution is going to meet a customer’s need nor give them the added value he is looking for. Enterprises therefor should adopt cloud services in a tactical way (within a strategic framework) to ensure they’re getting the right match. Most probably they will end up in with a hybrid scenario.
Cloud Operating Models
“As cloud services converge with social, mobile and information in what Garter calls the “Nexus of Forces,” companies will need to start incorporating cloud operating behaviors in a platform for digital business”, Anderson said.
“What happens if you are sourcing IT from this incredibly scalable, dynamic, adaptive environment? How can you do things differently from the way you did them before?” he asked. “Cloud is certainly a technology and we talk about it that way…but it’s really an operating model as well.”
In 2015, enterprises will need to start examining the synergies between their various cloud initiatives, Anderson said. “What are the next generation solutions that are going to come about as a result of all those things coming together?” he asked.
“Although cloud computing was driven by businesses, personal clouds reflect a growing influence of consumer-driven trends on corporate computing. Whether it’s having all their music available on all their devices, or a consistent backup of personal data, personal cloud services are starting to shape consumer expectations in terms of how they use information technology with a shift of focus from devices to services”, Anderson said.
People will start to question why they can’t have the same type of cloud-based access and services in their work environments as well. Companies looking to 2015 will need to start thinking about how to answer that question.
A Well-Defined Cloud Market
“While the start of 2014 was more like a free-for-all of cloud providers and services, look for a more well-defined cloud marketplace in 2015”, Anderson said. “There will be a handful of big, global, hyper-scale cloud providers,” he said. “And then there will be lots of smaller, regional, industry-focused custom providers to fill in all the white space around them.”
So what should enterprises expect in 2015?
“I would be thinking about the hybrid model and where I can use the big hyper-scale providers, because those are going to be the ones who are the cheapest and the most standardized,” Anderson said. “Then I would look at how to supplement that with some of these other providers to meet specific needs.”
“Organizations should expect to see a rise of cloud intermediation services in 2015,” Anderson said: “There’s a whole group of third parties who are stepping in and saying, ‘Now that cloud is pervasive, how do you pull everything together?’”
Those third-party providers—or cloud services brokers—will offer to manage and integrate organizations’ different hybrid services. Although the trend got well underway in 2014, Anderson expects it to become more prominent next year.
“Before choosing a provider”, he said, “enterprises will need to decide which responsibilities they’re going to delegate to third-parties”. “Organizations need to have a strategy that can incorporate the best of what’s happening in cloud along with things that they will continue to do on their own,” he said.
As enterprises plan for 2015, understanding the latest cloud trends can be critical to their successes in the year ahead.
“Now is the time,” Anderson said. “If you are evaluating technology upgrades, replacements or acquisitions, cloud has to be on your list of considerations.”
Based upon an article by Lisa Wirthman. Read the whole article here.