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Mission 2019 Predictions: Public Cloud Adoption Accelerates, Serverless and Container-Based Computing Swells, and PaaS Overtakes IaaS

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Jonathan LaCour, Chief Technology Officer, Mission

Public Cloud Adoption Accelerates, Serverless and Container-Based Computing Swells, and PaaS Overtakes IaaS

1. Enterprises will flock to the public cloud at an even more rapid pace in 2019.

Public cloud offerings are hardly new, having stood as a pillar of the technology landscape for more than a decade now. And yet, taking a long-term perspective that accounts for its still-vast potential and accelerating growth, it's fair to say that the public cloud of today is in its relative youth. The intensive growth demonstrated by AWS and other hyperscale providers shows that enterprises appetite for public cloud solutions is only increasing. Expect this trend to intensify, as more and more enterprises see their private infrastructure reach the end of its life and recognize the unmistakable value of transitioning to public cloud infrastructures.

2. More businesses will (confidently) explore alternative cloud computing models.

As organizations migrate to the public cloud, expect those at the head of the curve to test out different compute options. Specifically, adoption and deployment of serverless computing and container orchestration figure to gain even more momentum in the coming year. Where incongruent standards pertaining to various servers and services creates obstacles to multi-cloud strategies, Kubernetes, Docker and others have the power to abstract these obstacles away. At the same time, serverless computing promises to increase operational and DevOps efficiency, making it far simpler to scale applications with much more dexterity. As the most innovative enterprises succeed in proving out these advantages, others are certain to follow.

3. The IaaS vs. PaaS discussion will tip decisively in favor of platforms.

We've come a long way since developers first embraced the cloud-native solutions available via the earliest IaaS offerings. With AWS simplifying access to valuable application-level services - from database and analytics to machine learning, workflow, IoT, gaming technologies and more - enterprises will increasingly capitalize on these solutions in the coming year (and well beyond). Expect a strong move toward adopting these platform-level managed services in 2019, as businesses from all industries see the opportunity to shift away from traditional virtual machines and toward these more beneficial options.

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About the Author

 

Jonathan LaCour is the Chief Technology Officer at Mission, a managed services consulting company for cloud platforms including AWS and Azure. He has held several technical and product leadership positions throughout his career - most recently at DreamHost, one of the largest web hosting and cloud computing providers. As Chief Technology Officer at Mission, Jonathan guides the development of Mission's product and platform.

Published Wednesday, January 02, 2019 7:34 AM by David Marshall
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