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Leaseweb 2019 Predictions: Exploring Trends for Cloud and IoT in 2019 and Beyond

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

Contributed by technology experts from Leaseweb

What's Next: Exploring Trends for Cloud and IoT in 2019 and Beyond

With 2019 in full swing, technology experts around the world are gearing up to deliver another year full of innovative products and services. During 2018, we saw continued advances in cloud computing and IoT, with no signs of slowing anytime soon.

So, what will cloud and IoT technologies look like in 2019 and beyond?

Several technology experts from Leaseweb offer their thoughts on what they believe is coming in the year ahead.


Svenja de Vos, Chief Technology Officer

"2018 saw companies continue to focus on short-term cloud planning - stumbling into the cloud, constraining budgets and only focusing on current organizational needs. 2019 needs to be the year of long-term cloud planning.

So much information is out there about cloud adoption and cloud strategy, that it can be hard to know where to start. For this reason, word of mouth recommendations still scores highly when making choices on services and products, but don't be tempted to take tips from your network if you have not yet explored the options first-hand.

In 2019, companies should re-examine cloud strategy to ensure they have a custom approach that includes an exit plan. An organization needs to know how it is independent from a cloud service provider and how it can switch to a new cloud technology, should it be required."

The CTO also believes the cloud will make increasing demands on the human element involved on both the vendor and user side.

There is a growing need for long-term, relationship-based cloud partners who can guide organizations through the various stages of the cloud journey. Additionally, it is good to seek out and utilize the employees who have a great deal of knowledge and experience available about the industry, customers and the trends. In 2019, nobody should underestimate the impact of human touch in the cloud industry."


Eltjo Hofstee, Managing Director

"While a lot of talk has been about the growing demand for cloud, we have noticed an increased demand for dedicated servers as specialized companies look to have more control over infrastructure, cost and performance. This is leading to customers creating hybrid environments where specific parts of the infrastructure - or the base load - ends up on dedicated servers, while the commodity piece is in the cloud.

In 2019, there is going to be even more of a push towards commodity hosting in cloud environments as they offer performance levels and lots of flexibility. Specifically, when there are many peaks in the load and you want minimal maintenance, cloud is the preferred solutions. However, if you really need to pinch out the CPU frequency or lowest latency, a cloud price tag might be a bit shocking. This is exactly where the demand for dedicated servers comes in and continues to grow."


Arno Witvliet, Chief Sales Officer

"IoT technologies are changing the game, but they are also putting companies reliant on legacy infrastructures at a disadvantage as they can't support the advantage of this technology. In 2019, we expect to continue working on modernization projects for enterprises looking to adopt cloud - or at least a hybrid model - in order to experience improved connectivity with IoT devices.

IT and business leaders should learn as much as they can about hybrid cloud and plan for a future with ubiquitous IoT. You can't flick a switch and immediately transform an organization's entire architecture, which takes time to plan and scale. A hybrid approach will allow you to establish the right mix of application hosting options and keep pace with the ongoing IoT revolution."


Published Friday, February 01, 2019 9:01 AM by David Marshall
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