Given our focus on public cloud cost control, we here at ParkMyCloud are always trying to understand more about the future trends in cloud computing, specifically the public cloud infrastructure (IaaS) market. Now that public cloud has reached a key peak in growth, there’s a common theme. While new services and products continue to develop, more and more of them are focusing on not just creating capabilities that were previously lacking – they’re focused on optimizing what already exists.
Are Cloud Services Still Growing?
Before we dive into optimization, let’s take a look at how the cloud market continues to grow in 2019 and beyond. Gartner estimates that $206B will spent on public cloud services in 2019, up 17% from 2018 as outlined in the table below:
And according to IDC, almost half of IT spending was cloud-based in 2018, “reaching 60% of all IT infrastructure and 60-70% of all software, services and technology spending by 2020.” So, between Gartner and IDC, no one expects cloud adoption and spending to slow down any time soon. So what’s driving this growth and what are the future trends in cloud computing we should be on the lookout for in 2019 and beyond?
The Future Trends in Cloud Computing You’ve Probably Heard About
There is definitely a lot of hype around Blockchain, Quantum Computing, Machine Learning, and AI, as there should be. But at a more basic level, cloud computing is changing businesses in many ways. Whether it is the way they store their data, improving agility and go to market for faster release of new products and services, or how they store and protect their secure information, cloud computing is benefitting all businesses in every sector. Smart businesses are always looking for the most innovative ways to improve and accomplish their business objectives, i.e., make money.
When it comes to cloud technology, more and more businesses are realizing the benefits that cloud can provide them and are beginning to seek more cloud computing options to conduct their business activities. And obviously, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, IBM, and Oracle plan to capture this spend by providing a dizzying array of IaaS and PaaS offerings to help enterprises build and run their services.
How These Trends Make Computing Better
- Containers Become Mainstream: Application containerization is more than just a new buzz-word in cloud computing; it is changing the way in which resources are deployed into the cloud. More and more companies utilized containers in 2018. This is another trend that will continue into 2019 and beyond. How it Optimizes: at a development level, containerization allows applications to be developed and deployed faster than ever before. If used efficiently, they can also result in a lower cloud bill.
- Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud: Once predicted as the future, the time of multi-cloud and hybrid cloud has arrived and will continue to grow. Most enterprises (74 percent) described their strategy as hybrid/multi-cloud in 2018. In addition, 62 percent of public cloud adopters are using 2+ unique cloud environments/platforms. These numbers will only go up in 2019. While this offers plenty of advantages to organizations looking to benefit from different cloud capabilities, using more than one CSP complicates governance, cost optimization, and cloud management further as native CSP tools are not multi-cloud. As cloud computing costs remain a primary concern, it’s crucial for organizations to stay ahead with insight into cloud usage trends to manage spend (and prevent waste).
How it Optimizes: it’s a complex problem, but we do see many organizations adopting a multi-cloud strategy with cost control in mind, as it avoids vendor lock-in and allows flexibility for deploying workloads in the most cost-efficient manner (and at a high level, keeps the cloud providers competitive against each other to continually lower prices).
- Growth of Managed Services: The global cloud managed services market grew rapidly in 2018 and is expected to reach USD 82.51 billion by 2025, according to a study conducted by Grand View Research, Inc. Enterprises are focusing on their primary business operations, which results in higher cloud managed services adoption. Business services, security services, network services, data center services, and mobility services are major categories in the cloud managed services market. Implementation of these services will help enterprises reduce IT and operations costs and will also enhance productivity of those enterprises.
How it Optimizes: managed service providers – the good ones, anyway – are experts in their field and some of the most informed consumers of public cloud. By handing cloud operations off to an outside provider, companies are not only optimizing their own time and human resources – they’re also pushing MSPs to become efficient cloud managers so they can remain competitive and keep costs down for themselves and their customers.
Cloud Trends Are Always Evolving
While today, it sometimes seems like we’ve seen the main components of cloud operations and all that’s left to do is optimize them, history tells us that’s not the case. Cloud has been and will continue to be a disruptive force in enterprise IT, and future trends in cloud computing will continue to shape the way enterprises leverage public, private and hybrid cloud. Remember: AWS was founded in 2006, the cloud infrastructure revolution is still in early days, and there is plenty more XaaS to be built.