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6 Trends Shaping IT Cloud Strategies Today

Cloud services are everywhere, and they want to help you with everything. But as always, the more choice you are afforded, the more important strategy becomes. In an article for CIO magazine, Clint Boulton shares six trends informing IT cloud strategies right now:

  1. Seeking more co-location services
  2. Seeking cloud cost containment
  3. Hyperconverging private cloud
  4. Increasing use of containers
  5. Refactoring apps to run on public clouds
  6. Enterprise apps coming to public cloud

Clear Skies for Clouds

CIOs may be rightfully hesitant to make a big, dramatic shift into Azure or Amazon Web Services without sufficient data, so they compromise by using a co-location service. With a co-location service, business systems are moved to managed data centers that feature connectivity with a multitude of SaaS and public cloud options. So it is win-win, in the sense that the CIO is now also better enabled to try out different cloud services.

Managing costs in the cloud is complex and an all-around pain to understand, especially since different clouds want to charge for different services in different ways. Boulton finds that businesses are getting better at it, but the struggles are not over just yet. Struggles exist where security and related factors are concerned too. Boulton talks about hyperconvergence with this:

… private cloud services require advanced virtualization, standardization, automation, self-service access and resource monitoring. Stitching these capabilities together into a cohesive system is daunting and expensive.

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions promise to help, offering pre-integrated compute, storage and networking resources that help organizations get their cloud implementations running faster. Forrester recommends that organizations consider HCI as the foundation for their private cloud development, particularly for new workloads that demand rapid, automated scale-out.

Options like CloudFoundry and OpenShift are making containers an attractive pursuit in the cloud. The ability to essentially plug and play with software code across cloud services is invaluable. So the issue is not whether to do it but rather where to do it, and how to address the new security challenges that emerge with it. And although it is more expensive, businesses are in some cases considering whether to rebuild their apps to take full advantage of the cloud.

In any case, trust in the reliability of the cloud is clearly increasing, as even SAP is using Amazon Web Services for enterprise apps now. Surely none of these services will be hacked in the near future.

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About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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