Big Things Predicted for Infrastructure-as-a-Service in 2017
Taken a look outside today? You may have noticed clouds looming over enterprise IT as the new year unfolds. These aren’t rain clouds, however; they represent the building momentum of cloud services across the entire IT spectrum. As it turns out, one service in particular — infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) — may just be finding its stride.
In an effort not to sound like a broken record, this article will refrain from claiming that 2017 is the year in which cloud adoption finally reaches maturity. That being said, current trends do suggest that the Year of the Rooster might be a year to remember for enterprise cloud solutions, according to a recent piece on CIO Today highlighting a few IaaS trends to watch in the coming months.
A common theme running through the predicted impact of IaaS on IT this year is the reversal of enterprises’ thoughts on cloud. For instance, one of the cloud’s greatest deterrents has been data sovereignty and security. Sure, the very tangible boost IaaS provides to scalability, flexibility and cost savings is great, but the sacrifices to control have proven too great to overcome for many — at least until now.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service Matures Beyond Its Years
Thanks in large part to the growing maturity of cloud service providers and the market in general, CIO Today suggests that the security capabilities of these providers have not only caught up with but actually surpassed those of the modern enterprise. It has become so ingrained in their operations that workloads and data in the cloud are now quite possibly more secure than they would be in a traditional data center.
The result is that 2017 will likely see a stark decline in private data center investments. Quoting Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, CIO Today predicts an 80 percent decrease in corporate-owned data centers by 2025. As this transition materializes, mission-critical loads that were once deemed off-limits for cloud infrastructure will no doubt become more commonplace on IaaS deployments.
Additionally, CIO Today believes that 2017 will mark the beginning of a similar migration for systems management. With an overwhelming 90 percent of organizations employing multiple solutions for systems management, the cloud makes perfect sense as a way to simplify this convoluted aspect of modern IT. It’s predicted that 60 percent of these businesses will have moved critical systems management software to the cloud by 2020, according to the source — that’s impressive movement in only three years.
As cloud services like infrastructure-as-a-service continue to empower and shape the business world, it’s apparent that the next few years — 2017 in particular — will be quite telling as to what the future holds for enterprise IT.