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Cloud computing is evolving: Here’s where it’s going next

Charles McLellan, ZDNet, Dec. 1, 2021

“’There is no business strategy without a cloud strategy,’ said Gartner VP Milind Govekar, ahead of the analyst firm’s November 2021 IT Symposium/Xpo. ‘The adoption and interest in public cloud continues unabated as organizations pursue a ‘cloud first’ policy for onboarding new workloads,’ Govekar added.  

Gartner estimates that over 85% of organisations will embrace the cloud-first principle by 2025, with over 95% of new workloads being deployed on cloud-native platforms (up from 30% in 2021). Over the next few years, the analyst firm predicts that cloud revenue will exceed non-cloud revenue for ‘relevant enterprise IT markets’. ‘Anything non-cloud will be considered legacy,’ Govekar noted. What are the headwinds that are pushing these clouds across the landscape of business IT? In August, Gartner identified four trends that it forecast would propel spending on public cloud services to exceed $480 billion in 2022:  

  • Cloud ubiquity – ‘Hybrid, multicloud and edge environments are growing and setting the stage for new distributed cloud models’
  • Regional cloud ecosystems – Driven by ‘geopolitical regulatory fragmentation, protectionism and industry compliance’
  • Sustainability and ‘carbon-intelligent’ cloud – ‘Cloud providers are responding to this growing focus on sustainability by instituting more aggressive carbon-neutral corporate goals’
  • Cloud infrastructure and platform services (CIPS) providers’ automated programmable infrastructure – ‘Gartner expects the broad adoption of fully managed and artificial intelligence (AI)-/machine-learning (ML)-enabled cloud services from hyperscale CIPS providers’.”

Read our 2021 CloudBolt Industry Insights report on how organizations view sustainability in IT, and why many are willing to pay a premium to work with vendors focused on green best practices.

AWS ups its industry ground game at re:Invent 2021

Larry Dignan, ZDNet, Nov. 30, 2021

“Amazon Web Services has been honing its industry and vertical strategy for years with cloud-driven use cases in big markets ranging from media to financial services to telecom to oil and gas. At re:Invent 2021, AWS advanced its vertical ground game. The AWS vertical strategy, which to date I’d characterize as sneaky vertical, is evolving to be more front-facing. CEO Adam Selipsky’s keynote revolved around pathfinders who changed industries. Even Florence Nightingale, arguably the mother of the visualization tools, got a plug.

AWS isn’t as blatant about targeting verticals and industries as software-as-a-service companies that have never met a cloud that didn’t go along with an industry (health care, financial services, government, manufacturing, media, telecom etc. clouds). Nevertheless, AWS has a hefty industry section with bundles of services that apply to various verticals.”

Why your cloud computing costs are so high – and what you can do about them

Paul Gillin, SiliconANGLE, Nov. 28, 2021

“Not that this is slowing cloud adoption. The recently released 2022 State of IT Report from Spiceworks Inc. and Ziff Davis Inc. reported that 50% of business workloads are expected to run in the cloud by 2023, up from 40% in 2021. But information technology executives express frustration at the difficulty of getting the visibility they need to plan accurately for cloud infrastructure costs.

A recent survey of 350 IT and cloud decision-makers by cloud observability platform maker Virtana Inc. found that 82% said they had incurred unnecessary cloud costs, 56% lack tools to manage their spending programmatically and 86% can’t easily get a global view of all their costs when they need it. Gartner Inc. predicts that 60% of infrastructure and operations leaders will encounter public cloud cost overruns.

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