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Avere Systems 2018 Predictions: Top 3 Cloud Trends

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Scott Jeschonek, Director of Cloud Solutions and Dan Nydick, Technical Director and Co-founder at Avere Systems

Top 3 Cloud Trends

As competition for the top public cloud provider intensified in 2017 among Google, Amazon and Microsoft, so did the attraction to the cloud by high data growth industries like life sciences, financial services and media and entertainment.

In 2018, cloud adoption will continue to soar as the cloud becomes even friendlier to IT budgets and just as importantly, more secure.

Cloud Domination Slashes Cloud Costs and Slows Spending On Data Center Infrastructure

In the past couple years, the rapid adoption of public and private cloud services has sparked a major reallocation of IT budgets. Enterprises are moving away from relying solely on on-prem data center systems and are boosting spending on IT infrastructure for deployment in cloud environments.

The availability of cloud applications in business environments has helped create a cloud-based workforce, making it is easier than ever for employees to work remotely. This is just one example of why more companies are operating with no local IT infrastructure. Cloud providers have recognized this reliance on the cloud and we believe they will continue to focus on reducing the barriers to migrating to the cloud in the year ahead. More companies will pull from their data center budgets and apply the funds to building cloud-ready business applications and improving security. Also, based on the competitive nature of today's top cloud vendors, the overall cost structure of the cloud is expected to continue going down.

More Robust Cloud Security Boosts Confidence in Using the Cloud

Worries about data security have made many enterprises hesitant to store sensitive IP in a public cloud environment. But the increasing sophistication of internet attacks has made it almost impossible for non-experts to keep their on-prem corporate networks and servers secure. To protect data, we expect more willingness for organizations to move their sensitive IP to the cloud to leverage the security infrastructure and expertise of the major cloud providers. This poses a new challenge for organizations: protecting data from the cloud providers themselves and securing data as it flows to and from the cloud. We expect to see cloud vendors increase efforts to improve organizations' confidence in the security of their data in the cloud.

What will this look like? We expect to see more ability for users to manage data security in the cloud. This will include expanding access to features that protect sensitive data, such as user specified encryption keys, secure key storage appliances, encryption of network traffic, and encryption of data at rest. Additionally, we believe cloud vendors are putting effort into developing radically new (but currently immature) technologies to securely operate on data, such as homomorphic cryptography. Homomorphic cryptography allows an entity (such as the cloud) to do searches and computations on encrypted data, without needing the keys or access to the plaintext. This will allow customers to use the cloud for computation without granting the cloud vendor any access to the actual data.

Cloud Computing = More Serverless Tech and Hosted Services

Organizations often spend significant time and effort managing compute infrastructure, a cost which is not central to their mission. No longer having to manage this infrastructure has always been one of the main benefits of moving applications to the public cloud. The cloud vendors are providing increasingly high level managed services that allow customers to concentrate on their mission without needing to be distracted by management of virtual machines, web servers or databases. We'll see increasing use of hosted, scalable web services (such as Google App Engine and AWS's Beanstalk) and of serverless technologies such as AWS Lambda and Google Cloud Functions as a more cost-effective way to manage and deploy complex enterprise applications.

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About the Authors

Scott Jeschonek 

Scott Jeschonek is Director of Cloud Solutions at Avere Systems and has 20 years of enterprise, telecommunications and vendor experience. At Avere he works closely with AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure teams to define and shape Avere's vision for its hybrid cloud offering.

Dan Nydick

Dan Nydick is the Technical Director and Co-founder at Avere Systems. He built Avere's engineering team from ground zero. Today, he is an architect and team lead for developing high performance, highly scalable, distributed file system products running on hardware and cloud-based platforms.

Published Friday, January 05, 2018 7:24 AM by David Marshall
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