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Multi-cloud, innovation, and DIY strategies: Cloud trends to watch for in 2019

by Christina Juarez

December 19, 2018

Cloud is no longer a trend nor is it considered a new way of doing business. It’s here to stay and most IT professionals are intimately familiar with it.

Regardless of industry, digital transformation has captured the attention of C-suites across the globe, and most of these transformations include a cloud component.

But if 2017 and 2018 were years of transformation, where does that leave us, and the trusty cloud, for 2019?

Here are four ways we see it moving for the coming year:

1. Multi-cloud approach

In 2019, it’s expected that we’ll see companies take on multiple vendors for their cloud-based applications. Consider it a CYA-strategy for enhanced reliability and protection. Remember when Amazon's cloud service failed in 2017? Should there be an issue with a single vendor a company that has a secondary service is more likely to to maintain operations and avoid catastrophic data loss.

If you represent a retail brand, this can be the difference between a disastrous day and simply a bad day.

2. Cloud innovation

Serverless computers are changing the way companies use their cloud systems. So we expect that as they grow in popularity and reliability, they will prove especially useful for businesses that are rolling out applications or digital services.

Without having to build or maintain any infrastructure, developers can run their applications entirely from the cloud.

3. More privacy, please

In some industries, private clouds hosted by third party vendors are still not secure enough for some businesses and their information. With a heightened sense of security, businesses are now taking matters into their own hands and building private clouds of their own.

One DIY method uses software-defined infrastructure, something that can be extremely costly for the majority of businesses, but one that nonetheless can have benefits for others. Another approach involves having a third-party vendor build a private cloud using converged and hyperconverged software stacks.

4. SaaS ecosystems

Many industries with large enterprise organizations (think healthcare, government and manufacturing/industrial) are tied to systems like Microsoft, Oracle, or SAP. These software ecosystems fuel the way industry does business.

That's why we're expecting to see more Software-as-a-Service providers push to have an increase in integration across platforms. Salesforce's recent purchase of an API management vendor is an indication that SaaS is moving towards enhanced collaboration and shared information, which is good news for organizations in industries like healthcare, government and manufacturing/industrial.

Do one of these 2019 trends pique your interest? Chat with our team to learn more about how we can set you up for success in the coming year.