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HyperGrid 2019 Predictions: Industry and Organizational Changes On The Horizon

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

Contributed by Manoj Nair, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, HyperGrid

Industry and Organizational Changes On The Horizon

By any measure, 2018 was a significant year in cloud innovation and adoption. Businesses across market segments looked to cloud as part of their digital transformation efforts, resulting in 77 percent of enterprises now having at least one application or a portion of their computing infrastructure in the cloud, according to IDG's 2018 Cloud Computing Study. For anyone still unsure, we have officially reached the turning point - cloud is here, it is the future and anyone still holding out is only falling further behind!

As we look ahead to 2019, the growing wave of private, public and hybrid cloud adoption, highlights some critical holes that must be filled, presents opportunities for the integration of other next-gen technologies with cloud, and indicates a continued shift in how businesses spend money. Below are four trends that will drive cloud market evolution in the coming year:

1.  Reduction In Spend On New Data Centers

This one may seem obvious, however despite the continued growth in cloud adoption, businesses so far have continued to invest in building out or expanding on premise data centers. In recent years, spending on data center systems has started to level off which Gartner predicts will continue to happen, growing only 1.1 percent in 2019. A year from now, I believe we will look back and be able to say that 2019 was the beginning of the coming year will be the beginning of a downward trend in IT spend on new data centers, with most businesses budgets instead going to updating or maintaining current infrastructure. The economics of the cloud and availability of next-gen solutions for managing hybrid cloud environments will be at an all time high and too appealing to ignore.

2.  AI Taking A Hold In The Cloud

No, I haven't been living under a rock, and yes, I'm aware that everyone is talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI) already. With the caveat out of the way, I ask that you give me a moment to extrapolate, as I believe AI will move a layer deeper this coming year.

To date, AI has primarily permeated the application layer, providing increased efficiencies to businesses by automating and orchestrating data center and network data traffic in a programmatic way. The benefits of this have been profound, however I believe 2019 will see us cross the chasm from application AI to whole cloud AI. Today this seems foreign. However, in the new cloud-centric world, AI in the cloud makes a lot of sense, especially as businesses increasingly adopt hybrid cloud IT strategies to maximize capabilities and budget. In the coming year, businesses will explore the potential benefits of leveraging AI within their cloud deployment decision making, and determine that the technology holds promise far beyond the traditional data center, autonomous car and smart home applications being hyped the most today.

3.  Market Consolidation Anticipated

Despite 2018 seeing some significant purchases of both startup and longstanding hybrid cloud management companies, I believe we will see increased consolidation in the coming year. Traditional data center equipment and cloud providers will look to improve cross-cloud management for their vast user bases, resulting in further consolidation. Top of their list will be companies and/or solutions that simplify cloud planning, management and orchestration, as well as those that help customers maximize cloud spend (and eliminate cloud wastage).

4.  Massive Re-Training Effort To Begin

Having worked with numerous companies across a variety of industries, I can tell you from first-hand experience that everyone underestimates the level of IT expertise and staff required for an effective and efficient digital transformation. In fact, I feel very confident in saying that no matter the size of your team or their cloud experience or skillset, you will fall short of what's required for the vast majority of digital transformations to succeed. That realization isn't meant to speak ill of your team. Rather, it is meant to acknowledge the fact that traditional data center and cloud-centric environments require vastly different skillsets.

In 2019, I believe we will see IT professionals across companies and industries seek training in mass in a variety of topics not covered in depth during traditional IT and/or developer programs. Drilling a layer down, I believe deep dives into leading public clouds and cloud cost management will be at the top of the list for both current IT staff and students.

Next year promises to be an exciting one. With cloud adoption on the rise and IT budgets continuing to be stretched thin, I believe we are on the cusp of a cloud avalanche, with businesses of all sizes realizing they have a "cloudy" future and that the wait is over.


About the Author


Manoj Nair is Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at HyperGrid. Manoj is responsible for the Technology directions, Product Management, Marketing and Engineering activities at HyperGrid. Previously Manoj was at HPE, where he was GM and VP of Product Management for Converged Infrastructure. His team was responsible for driving the Product Strategy and Roadmap across all elements of the Converged Cloud Portfolio. Prior to HPE, Manoj was SVP leading strategy and R&D for Public Cloud at EMC Federation. This was an incubation team driving cloud strategy and investments across the EMC & VMware federation of companies. Previously, Manoj was SVP & GM at RSA - responsible for IAM & Authentication product lines and a big consumer of Public Cloud Platforms like AWS. He also was part of the seed team that drove the establishment of RSA Security Analytics business unit and ran Product and R&D for that business. Manoj also led R&D for EMC's internal incubation spin out, EMC Infoscape, as well as the architecture of the EMC PowerPath product family. Manoj has also held R&D positions at Data General, Novell and US NSF funded Research Labs. He is also the holder of over a dozen patents granted by USPTO in Systems Software, File systems, Information Management and Security. Manoj holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Clemson University.  

Published Friday, January 04, 2019 7:42 AM by David Marshall
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