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Komprise 2021 Predictions: Enterprise File Workloads Shift to Cloud Data Management in 2021

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Enterprise File Workloads Shift to Cloud Data Management in 2021

By Krishna Subramanian, President & COO at Komprise

The year 2020 has been a learning experience for all of us. The pandemic underscored the importance of being agile, responsive, and resilient. As the year comes to a close, 2021 is going to be a year of transition to a new normal. Businesses are adapting to the new realities of economic uncertainty, remote work, limited access to datacenters, and shifting priorities. Last year, we predicted a move from datacenters to the edge and cloud - not only did this happen, but this shift is accelerating with the pandemic. As we look toward 2021, we predict that data management will continue to be a priority in the cloud as organizations look for ways to accelerate cloud data migrations and manage data more efficiently.

1)      Cloud Data Migrations become Intelligent - Over the past few years, cloud adoption has steadily increased - particularly for new cloud-native applications that are largely object-based. With the shift to remote work, businesses are moving to a more aggressive "cloud-first" strategy - all new investments and expansions are shifting to the cloud instead of adding to datacenter capacity. This means core enterprise workloads that are largely file-based and running in datacenters are now shifting to the cloud. The market is responding. In 2020 several NAS and cloud vendors announced performant cloud file storage for both NFS and SMB. In 2021, businesses will evolve from a blanket "lift-and-shift" cloud data migration approach to a more nuanced approach of "intelligent cloud migrations" using analytics and data management to move the right data at the right time to the right cloud storage class - so they optimize as they migrate and reduce costs significantly in the process. 

2)      Cloud Storage Management Transitions to Enterprise IT from DevOps - Most companies are already using two or more clouds, and this trend will accelerate in 2021. As cloud becomes mainstream, there is a shift happening on who manages cloud resources. Historically, a lot of cloud applications were cloud native and so DevOps teams typically handled cloud storage. But now with core IT workloads going to the cloud, Enterprise IT teams are increasingly managing cloud storage - this trend will accelerate in 2021, spurring demand for data management that gives a single pane of glass to manage data across on-premises and cloud storage. 

3)      Data Management-as-a-Service gains prominence - Enterprise IT teams are already straining to do more with less, and the complexity of what they have to manage is exploding as they now have to work across multiple clouds and storage vendors.  In 2021, simpler automated Data Management-as-a-Service (DMaaS) will gain prominence for its simplicity and flexibility.  Enterprises don't need to babysit their cloud storage costs and environments, DMaaS solutions will elastically adjust their capacity to migrate large workloads or move data across storage classes and tiers and optimize costs, all through policy-based automation.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques will be leveraged more in DMaaS solutions to grow their analytics-driven data management capabilities and become more adaptive.

2021 brings a new normal where cloud becomes core to enterprise IT strategies, and multi-cloud data management becomes important. Simplicity, flexibility and efficiency become paramount in 2021. DMaaS that simplifies data management, data analytics and data migrations with a single pane of glass across multi-vendor clouds and storage technologies will gain prominence. 

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About the Author

Krishna Subramanian 

Krishna Subramanian is co-founder and COO of Komprise, the leader in intelligent data management across clouds whose mission is to radically simplify data management through intelligent automation. Komprise is used by enterprises to manage data at scale and has won numerous industry awards and recognition including Gartner Cool Vendor in Storage Technologies, 2017 and CRN Tech Innovator 2017. Prior to Komprise, Krishna held executive roles at both large companies and startups for over 25 years including VP Marketing for Cloud Platforms at Citrix, Co-founder and COO of Kaviza (acquired by Citrix), Sr. Director Corporate Development and Cloud at Sun Microsystems, and CEO of Kovair. Subramanian holds a Master's degree in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Twitter handle: @cloudKrishna 
Published Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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