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2020 Cloud Trends to Keep an Eye on

By Brian Garoutte

2019 was a year full of growth and innovation both in the industry and at MyCloudIT. If you haven’t read it yet, check out our 2019 Year in Review!

Now let’s take a look at what's to come in 2020…

Security – As the cloud market continues to grow, there will be a heightened focus on cloud security. We are already starting to see more stringent policy and governance enforcement as a Microsoft Partner. Emerging vendors will add new automation and capabilities to help streamline cloud security.

Hybrid-cloud, Multi-cloud, and Omni-Omani cloud – These will be standard industry terms thrown around a lot in 2020. As cloud partners and consumers, we don’t want to be locked into a single provider, but until mature multi-cloud management solutions allow for ubiquitous management IT, most of the true cloud agnostic IT organizations will be in the larger enterprise space.

Cost Visibility and Management – This is a painful reminder to many that the rate of cloud adoption has outpaced the innovation of tools to provide cost visibility in the cloud. As a result, there has been and will continue to be too much waste in cloud deployments. We have seen advances in the native tools offered by cloud providers, a few highlighted by Microsoft, but 2020 will be the year that consumers/partners seek out tools to better control cloud costs.

 

What to Expect

Cloud Growth to “Slow”
2019 was another year of huge growth in the public cloud. The increase is especially true for the top two providers, AWS and Azure. But while the earnings reports in 2020 will talk about a slower quarterly growth rate, there will still be plenty to be excited about, especially if you are a Microsoft partner, customer, or shareholder. Microsoft will continue to gain market share allowing for continued re-investment in R&D and new data center locations. 2019 saw a couple of notable wins for the tech giant helping to fuel growth were the $2 billion contract for Azure and Office 365 with AT&T and the $10 billion “Jedi” cloud contract with the US Department of Defense. Expect to see more of the same in 2020.

Better Cloud Management Tools
The cloud has been growing at such a rapid pace that management and optimization tools have not kept pace. Many customers end up in a more vulnerable position and experience higher than normal cloud costs, security gaps, and performance issues. Gartner estimates that the number of commercially available cloud management platforms will more than double by 2021 to 30+. As such, you will start to see and hear much more about 3rd party cloud management options to help reign in control.

Containers Will be Core to Future Cloud Adoption
Container technologies like Kubernetes, Docker, and those native to cloud providers enhance the ability to deploy, scale, and manage applications in the cloud, but they also offer ultimate portability. These technologies are critical to a cloud-agnostic/multi-cloud future. In 2020, we will continue to see more push for use and integration of container services from all of the major cloud providers and solutions that can help bridge disparate technologies.

What to Expect from MyCloudIT

2019 in many ways, was a year of transition and positioning for some BIG things to come in 2020. With the release of Windows Virtual Desktop, we will offer new capabilities for deploying and managing Remote Desktops and Apps in the cloud. But perhaps the even bigger news is the launch of our next-gen platform for Cloud Management. An all-in-one solution to deploy, manage, optimize, and support cloud deployments in Microsoft Azure, MyCloudIT will help you Re-Claim Control of your cloud deployments in 2020. In the coming weeks, we will share more about the timing of the release to Beta and General Availability. 

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