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Navisite 2020 Predictions: The Cloud Database Crusades Will Heat Up (Plus Other Tech Predictions You Need to Hear)

VMblog Predictions 2020 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2020.  Read them in this 12th annual series exclusive.

By Chris Patterson, senior director of product management at Navisite, an RDX company

The Cloud Database Crusades Will Heat Up (Plus Other Tech Predictions You Need to Hear)

It's that time of year where we, as a tech industry, analyze what trends we've seen proliferate over the past 12 months and what we predict is on the horizon for the year ahead. After reflecting on 2019 trends and analyzing recent activity across our customer base, I've developed three cloud predictions that I believe will come to fruition in 2020. Here goes.

1.     The cloud database crusades will escalate.

The Oracle/Amazon/Azure wars will continue to heat up as more organizations move workloads to the cloud. Why? Cloud migration creates a window of opportunity for companies to evaluate and switch to different database providers, since the migration process takes the same amount of effort, regardless of whether a company is sticking with its existing vendor or selecting a new one. This is turning the enterprise database market on its head. Case in point: In a recent RDX flash survey of more than 100 IT professionals, 50% of respondents said they expect Amazon, a relative newcomer to the enterprise, to be the No. 1 enterprise database provider within 10 years versus today's established enterprise database leaders, such as Microsoft (34%) and Oracle (14%).

Regardless of how the cloud database crusades play out on the vendor side, organizations are the true winners of this competition as, in addition to taking advantage of the many benefits the cloud has to offer, they now also gain access to more providers and services than ever before.

2.     Multi-cloud management will emerge as a top priority for IT.

We're heard a lot about multi-cloud adoption this year - and it's a 2019 trend that has gone mainstream. In fact, "In a recent Gartner survey of public cloud users, 81% of respondents said they are working with two or more providers."

With multi-cloud strategies now commonplace within many organizations, in 2020, we'll see IT teams place a laser focus on the next cloud phase: unifying management of all environments. This will involve taking inventory of all applications and where they reside - whether that's on-premise, on a hyper-scale cloud or anything in between - and implementing a governance framework that ensures interoperability between platforms as well as common management and connectivity planes. 

3.     IT will begin to take a more methodical approach to achieving cloud native status.

Running cloud native applications is an end goal for many organizations, but the process of getting there can be overwhelming - especially because many companies believe they have to refactor everything at once. Refactoring is the process by which developers re-code applications and adjust database schemas, and it's a requirement for migrating off of one database and onto another. However, in many cases, it also serves as the chief impediment to cloud migration due to the number of staff hours required.

In 2020, we'll see more IT departments realize they don't need to take an "all or nothing" approach to refactoring, and a process founded on "baby steps" is the best way to achieve cloud native goals. In other words, we'll start to see more IT teams forklift applications into the cloud and then implement a steady, methodical approach to refactoring them.

Bonus Prediction

Big data has long been an industry buzzword, but it has been mostly limited to large enterprises and academia due to the complex tools and specialized knowledge required to take advantage of it. Companies such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft have brought these tools to the masses through their cloud platforms, and other companies (including Navisite) are able to provide the expertise to sort through that data and provide tangible business results. Whether it's Aston Martin tracking metrics to optimize assembly processes, or restaurants predicting customer trends, big data will increasingly be used to inform business decisions.

With this shift, organizations no longer need to focus on how to access data at their disposal; rather, they need to determine how to ask the right questions of their data and who within their company is best positioned to analyze and glean answers from that data - two new challenges that will make big data a buzzword with meaning for organizations of all sizes.  


About the Author

Chris Patterson 

Chris Patterson is the senior director of product management at Navisite, an RDX company. Leveraging his technical background and consulting skills, Chris was a key player in building Navisite's hosted and external cloud services from the ground up and is responsible for overseeing their continual upgrades in response to constantly evolving market needs.

Prior to joining Navisite, Chris spent nine years at MTM technologies as the director of information security services, where he gained extensive experience developing and consulting on security policies in a variety of different industries, including financial, retail, legal, health care and public sector. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and currently lives in Delaware.

Published Monday, December 23, 2019 7:52 AM by David Marshall
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