Cloud computing is fueling digital transformations and modernizing IT portfolios and has become the de facto platform for them. By renting software through vendors such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google, companies are increasingly finding business agility or cost savings. Most enterprises procure cloud services from two or more vendors and the trend that will gain traction in 2019, boosting the coffers of AWS, Microsoft, Alibaba, Google, IBM and Oracle, which according to Forrester Research will enjoy the lion’s share of the $200 billion in global public cloud spending for 2019. As companies modernize core business apps with analytics, machine learning (ML), IoT, messaging, and database services created in the cloud, the innovation-seeking approach will boost enterprise adoption and spending. Here is our take at the key trends shaping cloud adoption in 2019.
Innovation in the cloud
The way core enterprise applications are deployed is being reshaped, thanks to containers, Kubernetes, and “serverless” computing. Adoption of Docker containers has grown in recent years due to corporate developers having modernized application deployment. Kubernetes, the software that automates the deployment, scaling and management of containers, has emerged as the enterprise’s orchestration layer of choice. With vendors rolling out new features for API-driven security policy orchestration, Kubernetes will become easier to deploy, scale and secure in 2019.
As more companies look to roll out digital services and applications, the emerging “serverless” computing deployment model will also gain traction. Customers develop, run, and manage applications without building and maintaining the infrastructure to run them in serverless computing. It provides an API to associate the function with one or more event, for instance, such as when an IoT sensor facilitates an action. Serverless, also called function-as-a-service (FaaS) will make AWS, Microsoft, Google and other cloud vendors to ramp up their portfolios soon.
Along with containers and Kubernetes, serverless will form the foundation for modernizing core business apps. In the future, all of cloud will be serverless the tech industry is only at the “tip of the spear” regarding serverless. As per Gartner’s estimates, more than 20 percent of global enterprises will deploy serverless computing technologies by 2020, an increase from fewer than 5 percent today.
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