Cloud proved crucial this year, but where will cloud computing go next?
"We have witnessed how the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation priorities to mobilize workforces, facilitate collaboration, and ensure business continuity. In combatting challenges that accompany new priorities, IT departments across the globe are continuing their search for the right solutions.
According to the 2021 Gartner Board of Directors Survey, 69 percent of corporate directors want to accelerate enterprise digital strategies and implementations to help deal with the ongoing disruption of the pandemic. In our own recent Cloud Impact Study, respondents highlight cloud computing as an essential component in minimizing disruption. Aptum's study also finds that 99 percent of respondents acknowledge the cloud as essential to overall organizational success, and 89 percent characterize it as necessary for business continuity..."
The great migration of data into the cloud didn't start in 2020, but it certainly accelerated throughout the year
"And according to a new survey from IDG, the overwhelming majority of companies are planning to expand their investments in cloud data warehouses and data lakes in 2021. However, many of the same old challenges surrounding data management and ETL remain the same.
The IDG survey, which was released in September, found that 77% of IT decision-makers plan to migrate to a cloud data warehouse, or expand an existing cloud data warehouse, over the next six to 12 months. Another 21% have cloud data warehouse plans extending out the next 24 months. Only 1% said they had no plans to implement or expand a cloud data warehouse..."
Research by Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) shows that the cloud has delivered results for over 90% of organisations during the past year, when tackling the challenges that COVID presented
"CIF also points out that over the past few months, digital transformation across a majority of enterprises sped up by 69% - with 91% of decision-makers stating that cloud formed an important part of this transformation, and 40% describing the role of the cloud as crucial.
But this growth does not stop at the end of 2020. More cloud adoption and digital transformation is expected in 2021. CIF says 88% of organisations expect cloud service adoption to increase in the next 12 months. As this growth continues, we expect cloud technologies to enable organisations to operate with greater agility, resilience and adaptability compared to a few years ago. Naturally, this is good news, but where is the cloud heading in 2021? What are the trends to watch out for?..."
The benefits of hybrid cloud
"If 2020 taught us anything it is that you never know what is around the corner, but in truth businesses have always had to deal with peaks, troughs, highs, lows, famine and feast. All of these obstacles and pathways have one thing in common and that is the need for businesses to adapt to changes which are both planned and unplanned in order to maximize or minimize the impact that these opportunities or threats pose..."
What should businesses consider when embarking on their migration journey?
"This year has seen an unprecedented number of businesses migrate to the cloud - either transitioning a greater volume of data than before or migrating for the first time. With remote working here to stay in one form or another, it's clear that cloud technology will continue to play an important role in businesses' data management as we enter 2021 and beyond.
Transitioning to the cloud can be complex - especially when there are so many options out there - so what should businesses consider when embarking on their migration journey?..."
Here's an overview of the types of hybrid cloud management tools available, along with tips on what to look for in each tool category
"Modern hybrid cloud frameworks extend public cloud services into private infrastructure. While these capabilities make it easier to build a hybrid cloud, the bigger challenge is to assemble a tool set that enables you to manage a hybrid cloud effectively over the long term.
Regardless of how you design your hybrid cloud environment, you'll likely need a variety of tools to handle administration, performance optimization, cost management and security..."
As hybrid cloud becomes the go-to model for enterprise IT, watch for these trends. Experts discuss cloud platform changes, workload fit, security, and related issues
"For a while now, the cloud has been pitched as a one-way choice: Get there as fast as you can, or else. That view has been supported by lots of momentum behind digital transformation - not to mention 2020's sudden shift to remote work and the added uptake of cloud services to support that transition.
This view is sometimes too narrowly focused on the public cloud, though - and it doesn't completely capture the hybrid reality of most organizations and their actual IT portfolios, which include a mix of on-premises and cloud infrastructure. These days, it doesn't even necessarily reflect the portfolio of the major cloud platforms themselves..."
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