Against the backdrop of political commotion, Brexit and cyber-attacks, the wheels of the cloud hosting market continue to turn, and the consequences of a customer-led, digital-centric market are becoming clearer.
The future of cloud hosting is well and truly upon us, and 2017 is set to take the industry through some significant, and perhaps memorable, changes. But what can you can expect from the year ahead?
Here are the primary cloud hosting trends that will shape the industry in 2017:
The Pace is Quickening
No matter who you ask, you will struggle to find a prediction that doesn’t see the cloud hosting industry gathering steam throughout the new year. In 2016, the number of businesses migrating their services to the cloud grew rapidly, and in 2017, it is estimated that over two-thirds of all business workloads will be processed in cloud data centres.
The growth in cloud adoption can be attributed to the wealth of migration benefits, such as reduction in cost, high availability, and a more scalable business ecosystem, increasingly organisations are also beginning to migrate their business to not one, but multiple clouds.
According to a report from Forrester, this trend is only set to increase in 2017, with CIOs aiming to orchestrate cloud ecosystems that connect employees, customers, partners, vendors, and devices to serve rising customer expectations.
Adopters turn Providers
As cloud technology advances, so too does the understanding of what it takes for businesses to maintain a high-performance cloud ecosystem. Some CIOs have taken this comprehension yet further and have begun to offer an end-to-end environment for their clients. Becoming stewards of their own cloud systems, making the leap from adopter to provider.
This movement is likely one that will continue during the new year, as many more companies set their sights on becoming cloud independent, having followed early examples from the likes of GE and Bosch.
Although this transition will not be the goal for most businesses, there has been some significant progression from the aforementioned – the Bosch IoT Cloud aims to have all the company’s electronics IoT-enabled by 2020. Meanwhile, GE has migrated hundreds of its own enterprise applications, and has recently signed a partnership with Microsoft Azure to help attract the interest of other businesses looking to migrate.
Containerisation, Network and Security
With the capability to power a full spectrum of digital enterprises, cloud computing has evolved to become one of the most exciting and disruptive forces in technology today.
As businesses continue to recognise the advantages of cloud adoption, and the industry strives to make the concept of migration easier to digest, developments in hyperconverged containers, security, and networking will be necessary to deal with increasing cloud expansion in 2017.
The mounting challenge of cloud management, caused by increasing business uptake, will push CIOs to tap new and maturing enterprise-grade solutions aggressively in order to handle the new demand in cloud services.
Advances in hyperconverged containers deliver the ability to “build once and run anywhere", allowing increased server efficiency and scalability for technology managers. Incremental improvements of a cloud network's performance will ensure greater flexibility, integration, mobility, and automation for cloud users, and upgraded security will help to prevent the chance of downtime and loss/theft of critical information caused by cyber-attacks.
As cloud hosting companies gear up to enter the new year, they will be faced with the whole spectrum of new challenges and opportunities. The trends outlined above are, of course, just best-guess estimations, gleaned from an accumulation of evidence and research, however they may provide a small snapshot into the future of cloud hosting within 2017.
With all signs pointing toward growing cloud adoption and increased technological advances, the ability of a cloud hosting company to adapt will be instrumental to their success. To learn more about how containerisation can impact your business in 2017, download our free guide now.