Seven Predictions for Mobility, IT, and Cloud in 2016 (7th in a series)
PREDICTION 7: MIGRATION FROM PRIVATE CLOUD TO HYBRID CLOUD
The same interoperability that will drive a consolidation of cloud providers will also be key in shifting to a hybrid cloud environment. It’s important to note that private clouds aren’t singular, independently contained cloud architectures, they’re essentially instances of mass virtualization, making the value proposition smaller. As companies realize they don’t get true “private cloud” in the way they had imagined, they start looking around and realize the only way to get true private cloud is via public cloud.
To stay in the game, private cloud enablers are opening the gates to hybrid cloud. Consequently, public cloud providers know that they have to get companies comfortable with moving data outside of their four walls and focus on control of data rather than complete infrastructure ownership.
Hybrid cloud is that transition path from private to public which aligns with the self-interests of all three parties: CIOs continue to “own” certain components, private cloud providers get to stay relevant, and public cloud providers gain legitimacy. In the end, the only option will be public cloud. In fact, the question has never been “if,” but “when.”
- We look forward to watching the evolution of the relationship between IT and financial departments as they work together to maximize the technological and cost saving benefits of cloud computing. Despite the fact that hybrid cloud adoption is in the early stages, customers will see the benefit of moving to a single cloud solution, and this will be a key factor in driving provider consolidation.
- Interoperability of cloud configurations will become more important in 2016 and will better enable consumers to begin using multiple public clouds in production environments. In addition to reducing the number of proprietary cloud platforms, interoperability will give consumers more control over what services they want as opposed to being told what is available.
- In 2016 we will see more progress in truly mobilizing business and the workforce itself. The marriage of cloud and mobile will mature further to create new possibilities for efficiency and productivity as enterprises move to a device model that focuses on need rather than employee preference.
- The growing shift away from subsidized device models will be interesting to watch and it raises some important questions in 2016, such as:
- Is the employee required to wipe the device before returning it to Apple for an upgrade or will your IT department do it?
- What about application lifecycle management for the old and new device?
- Are your network entry and application policies for new or unrecognized devices current and enforced?
- It is clear that EU roaming fees will be eliminated in 2017 and will be reduced as early as April 30, 2016. We expect all US carriers to follow T-Mobile’s move and decrease their international roaming offers in 2016.
- IoT is poised to make a quantum leap in prevalence and adoption across the globe, but it may take a few more years. IoT will surely improve supply chain management and add a welcome boost to manufacturing processes, but we don’t predict the rise of a truly dominant IoT eco-system leader in 2016.
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