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HotLink 2017 Predictions: 4 Public cloud predictions corporate IT will fulfill in 2017

VMblog Predictions 2017

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2017.  Read them in this 9th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Lynn LeBlanc, CEO and founder of HotLink

4 Public cloud predictions corporate IT will fulfill in 2017

At this time last year, corporate IT teams were looking at the bell-shaped adoption curve for public cloud initiatives from a very different vantage point than they are today. In the past 12 months, early adopters have done what they do best: prove the value proposition of a wide range of cloud use cases in terms of speed, agility and cost effectiveness. Their trailblazing clears the way for enterprises to embrace the public cloud in 2017, and we can expect corporate IT in all industries to adopt the cloud for more critical production workloads this year. It's really a very exciting time for IT as mainstream users benefit from public cloud technologies and services.

This will play out in four key areas:

1.      IT teams will move increasingly valuable applications to the public cloud.

The early adopters had to take several key steps in their ascent toward public cloud adoption. They moved their dev/test workloads to the cloud, and they migrated non-production applications and data backup. By the time they leveraged Amazon Web Services (AWS) for disaster recovery and business continuity, the first-movers were showing everyone else that capabilities that had once been completely unaffordable were now within reach. Today, no one can deny that these accomplishments have cleared the path for the systematic movement of production operations to the cloud.

2.      Corporate IT will emphasize hybrid management.

As these trends continue and more mid-market and enterprise businesses become home to hybrid IT infrastructure, they'll have to find efficient ways to manage blended computing models. Effective hybrid management constructs are essential for providing predictable, reliable and secure computing operations. For this reason, we'll see corporate IT aggressively seeking out methods to extend their on-premise management environments to the public cloud. Hybrid management, orchestration, automation, security and analytics will be the key to keeping operational complexity in check.

3.      Enterprises will hold the line against vendor lock-in.

The public clouds are pushing the same lures that create vendor lock-in as many CIOs have seen before, and they won't allow it to happen again. It might be easier to deploy an environment built for a single platform, whether on-premise or in the cloud, but corporate IT knows painfully well that this simplicity comes with the price of vendor handcuffs. Instead, enterprises will architect workload portability and management extensibility for the benefit of their businesses - not for the benefit of vendors.

4.      Business resiliency will be the public cloud killer app of the year.

It used to be that disaster recovery and business continuity were in reach only for the most fiscally flush companies and the most critical workloads. It was just too costly to ensure resiliency for the whole business. No more. The public cloud has completely changed the value proposition for DR/BC, and it will become the No. 1 strategic cloud opportunity for corporate IT this year. Comprehensive business resiliency is now available, accessible and affordable for the mainstream.

Corporate IT's view of the public cloud adoption curve at the start of 2016 was mostly uphill. This year, things are looking very different. Data centers of every size are in a position to ascend in 2017 and reap the economic benefits of the public cloud. As importantly, they'll be able to do so without making concessions on complexity, extensibility or lock-in.

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About the Author

Lynn LeBlanc, CEO and founder of HotLink Corporation, has more than 25 years of enterprise software and technology experience at both Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley startups. Prior to founding HotLink, Lynn was founder and CEO of FastScale Technology, an enterprise software company acquired by VMware, Inc.

Published Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:05 AM by David Marshall
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