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Nutanix 2019 Predictions: Cloud Architecture and Emerging Growth Areas in 2019

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

Contributed by executives from Nutanix

Cloud Architecture and Emerging Growth Areas in 2019

The past few years have given rise to many questions about the direction of cloud computing and its impact across the enterprise.

We've discovered that instead of being the panacea many hoped for, public cloud became the new "lock-in": a lock-in to unknown costs, unused capacity, data, and application mobility. In 2019, we believe organizations will continue to seek out solutions that offer flexibility and ease in moving between public and private clouds. It will still be about hyperconverging the cloud to deliver a seamless experience that enables companies to scale, deliver new applications, control cost, enhance visibility, and make better, more informed decisions. Because it's not about technology; it's about what the technology enables.

While 2019 will present its own challenges, we believe the future of cloud computing is not nebulous - it is bright and complex. As an industry that continues to evolve and adapt, especially as technologies like IoT and Kubernetes stay relevant, we'll find new ways to harness and optimize its power. Below are what many of us at Nutanix are predicting for the coming year:

Dheeraj Pandey - Co-founder & CEO

In 2019, I predict we'll see clouds begin to miniaturize and decentralize. This will be in part due to the IoT and GDPR-like sovereignty movements, but also in tandem with the emerging growth of hybrid consumption models for IT in which enterprise agreements will straddle both on-prem and off-prem consumption. I expect to see open source consumed even more via a public cloud service as well, both over IaaS and as PaaS.

Binny Gill - CTO, Cloud Services

2019 will be the year for "Java" for clouds. One particularly hot topic we can expect to see is a cloud agnostic environment for running applications on any cloud without change to the application. This is not just Kubernetes, but a host of PaaS capabilities that are needed by modern apps.

From here, and likely within the next five years, we'll begin to see cloud architecture mirroring that of the human body. I predict we'll see the big, larger clouds operating as the brain providing long-term memory and higher level cognition, the local clouds functioning as the spinal cord, the internet as the neurons spanning the nervous system, and all things mobile and IoT as the senses.

Vijay Rayapati - General Manager, Beam

In the coming year, we will see more connected and converged cloud architectures used by businesses (public, private & edge) as they scale and accelerate digital adoption across the enterprise. This digitization will not only drive modern IT architectures powered by cloud, containers, and microservices, but also create new challenges in monitoring, management, and governance for enterprises.

Rajiv Mirani - CTO, Cloud Platform

In 2019, multi-cloud will become a business imperative for CIOs as it becomes apparent that no one cloud is ideal for all applications. Avoiding vendor lock-in will provide further impetus to businesses to remain cloud-agnostic. We can also expect that data sovereignty will remain an issue for CIOs and drive adoption of regional clouds.

Sunil Potti - Chief Product and Development Officer

Next year, I predict we will be in a world of many clouds, ranging from private to public, and that more architectures will emerge. In this new world of many clouds, the focus on operations will transform from automation to autonomic, powered by AI. 

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Published Friday, January 18, 2019 7:42 AM by David Marshall
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