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Rubrik 2021 Predictions: Adapt and Adjust - Keeping the cloud up to speed in 2021 with architecture, automation, and AI

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Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2021.  Read them in this 13th annual series exclusive.

Adapt and Adjust: Keeping the cloud up to speed in 2021 with architecture, automation, and AI

By Bill Gurling, Technical Product Manager at Rubrik

Organizations' relationship with the cloud is changing. When the world was flipped on its head this past March, enterprises were forced to contend with stay at home orders, a transition to the cloud that truncated two-year plans into three-month turnarounds, and historic levels of criminal cyber activity. Keeping enterprises growing in such a tumultuous business landscape not only requires decision makers to swiftly adapt to new cloud technologies and practices, but also demands companies continue evolving their cloud architectures in parallel to the challenges they face. All of these factors will cause companies in 2021 to modernize their cloud architectures, rely on cloud automation, and adopt more AI into their day to day operations.

Businesses will modernize their cloud architectures in 2021: In the new year, a number of businesses will revisit their cloud implementations and explore the concept of being well-architected. While the top cloud providers each have similar types of well-architected frameworks to help customers with their cloud architectures and operating models, these recommendations can be deprioritized in favor of swifter cloud adoption. Cloud economics and cloud data security are highly dependent on having the right architectures and operating models in place, and we'll see businesses reprioritize being well-architected as they adjust operations at scale in the cloud.

Business will lean into cloud automation to increase efficiency and guard against human mistakes: Efficiency in the cloud begins with automation, and lately, it seems to begin more and more often with machine learning. As more cloud deployments incorporate machine learning driven services, we'll see a similar increase in organizations automating their cloud operations for efficiency and providing safeguards against human error. Well-implemented automation will help predict, eliminate, and even correct human errors to save organizations from cutting themselves off at their own knees. Mistakes happen; however, strategically adapted automation can quickly alert people to their errors to mitigate potential negative consequences. Mature cloud automation will help businesses remain profitable through this market uncertainty, and we'll continue to see its positive effect on non-technical workers during day to day operations.

The commoditization of AI: AI and machine learning are fast approaching a place where any lay person can come up with an interesting idea, ask some basic background questions and hit the ground running with the necessary models and little to no mathematical expertise. This coming year, we'll see a further "AI-ification" of everything in our lives -- we're already seeing it applied to refrigerators, cookware, security cameras, microwaves and other homegoods. However the commoditization of AI won't stop at everyday appliances, we'll also see that commoditization benefit the enterprise and IT teams in large ways.

2020 altered a lot of industry trajectories. It sent meetings to Zoom, enterprises to the cloud, and non-essential workers home. It also sped up the time table on digital transformation for a lot of organizations in both the public and private sectors. Heading into 2021, companies should capitalize on the transformation momentum and prepare a blueprint for continued growth by leaning in to new technologies and practices that streamline day-to-day operations. Adapting enterprises for sustained success will require modern cloud frameworks, a reliance on automation to prevent human error, and the commoditization of AI.


About the Author

Bill Gurling 

Bill has over a decade of professional experience designing, building, implementing, and managing cloud, mobility, and security products. Bill has worked in many industries including IT security, logistics, retail, financial analytics, DoD, technology consulting, and software development. Bill has held many roles including, end user support, systems and database administration, automation, managerial, and architect roles. Bill was a member of the Army National Guard where he managed an IT infrastructure team for a unit supporting thousands of soldiers. Bill's current full time role is as a Technical Product Manager focused on public cloud integrations at Rubrik.
Published Friday, January 01, 2021 7:38 AM by David Marshall
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