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Embotics 2019 Predictions: Hybrid IT - A Little Bit of Everything

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Contributed by Jesse Stockall, CTO, Embotics

Hybrid IT - A Little Bit of Everything

Today's organizations are facing a rapidly evolving IT landscape - they're adopting true hybrid and multi-cloud strategies, embracing the power of DevOps and containerized applications, and maturing in their use of cloud automation and orchestration capabilities. That said, 2019 will bring even more changes and challenges for IT departments.

Here are the four trends that I predict will impact organizations in the year ahead:

Hybrid Cloud to Multi-Cloud

Hybrid cloud has evolved in to multi-cloud. With Google's recent efforts around GCP, we have three top tier public cloud providers to choose from and smart enterprises are not putting all their eggs in one basket. In 2019 we will see companies develop true multi-cloud strategies, selecting the appropriate location of their workloads based on cost, data location and availability of services. We'll also see increased adoption of technologies that blur the line between on-premises and public cloud such as VMware on AWS, Azure Stack and the recently released AWS Outposts.

Avoiding Cloud Lock-in is Hard

For traditional applications and IaaS, the public clouds all appear to be equal and customers can migrate from on-premises to a public cloud in a straightforward manner. Once applications are modernized to take advantage of cloud native features such as serverless functions, machine learning and advanced databases they effectively become locked to that cloud provider. While adoption of Kubernetes and containerized applications will keep the main application itself portal, it is around the edges that dependencies will creep in and render the application as a whole tied to a specific provider. As with migration tools, do not expect innovation in this area to come from the cloud providers themselves as they have nothing to gain by allowing workloads to migrate away.

Automation & Orchestration

Automation is no longer a nice-to-have option. It becomes a necessity for teams moving towards DevOps and is the only way for security and compliance teams to handle the pace of modern development teams. Those already using automation will continue to mature, with an evolution from manually executed scripts to zero-touch orchestrated workflows. Automation is not the job killer that some see it as. It enables people to focus on higher order tasks and to be proactive instead of just fighting fires.


Kubernetes will continue its meteoric rise and will become mainstream. While it will remain hard to install from scratch by individuals, the number of high-quality supported offerings from public cloud providers and enterprise vendors removes the installation and configuration headache for most users. Containerized applications will become the norm and are a key tenant of a portable application that can be deployed across the various infrastructures found in the hybrid IT environments that will become prevalent in 2019.


About the Author


Jesse Stockall is the chief technology officer at Embotics. He has more than 20 years of industry experience leading agile teams from concept though to delivery and the adoption of software solutions. He has held previous positions at Symbium, CRYPTOCard, the Canadian government and Digital Equipment Corp.

Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 7:27 AM by David Marshall
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