Can you believe that cloud is fifteen years old? Since the first Amazon AWS service launched to the public in 2004, cloud has driven a profound set of shifts in the way organizations run IT. We’ve seen cloud go through 2 major phases, and now the 3rd phase of cloud is approaching.
And you know that cloud evolves over time. From the rudimentary functionality of early Amazon and Microsoft efforts to today’s globally distributed, almost ubiquitous clouds, it has undergone profound changes as technology has emerged and matured.
Since cloud emerged, we’ve seen at least 2 phases. The first phase began with caution and worry, where everyone was concerned about whether the technology was safe, secure, and reliable. In this phase, organizations used cloud carefully, for development, storage, or a few non-essential workloads, Costs were high and CIOs were sceptical.
The second phase was almost the opposite, with organizations from the federal government on down to small businesses, adopting cloud everywhere. Public cloud exploded in size, the first private clouds emerged, and organizations began to experience the upsides—and downsides—of cloud.
But what you may not know is that we’re rapidly reaching the third phase of Cloud, one where a mature experience is replacing irrational exuberance. It’s a new, emerging paradigm of cloud that, like the first two phases, could unlock game-changing transformations for forward-looking organizations like yours.
At Cloudistics, we see the market radically changing in 2019, and the changes are a product of the evolution toward leading-edge private cloud as a tool to augment and extend public cloud.
Have you wondered whether…
- Private clouds will become common and mainstream?
- The industry will decide which workloads are for on-premise infrastructure, and which are for public cloud?
- Multi-cloud will become the standard approach?
- Clouds will ever focus on simplicity and value?
Facts are facts. Today Amazon, Google, and Microsoft all have private cloud platforms that organizations can use as a tool to cope with demanding workloads, security concerns, and the loss of control organizations face when they choose public cloud. And now, private clouds are moving into the mainstream alongside public cloud.
Organizations have come to understand that some workloads must be on-premise. Whether the workload requires specialized hardware, needs very low latency, or has precise data locality requirements, public cloud isn’t a fit for everything. Private cloud provides the performance and control public cloud can’t offer.
As a result, multi-cloud is becoming the new paradigm. Whether public and private are managed separately or linked as part of a multi-cloud strategy can vary from organization to organization, but multi-cloud is becoming the new normal for organizations of all sizes.
But multi-cloud also brings complexity. Over the next few years, you’ll see cloud vendors focusing on simplicity and value. Any opportunity to cut complexity from the cloud experience will be welcomed, and simplicity will become a new competitive differentiator for clouds that want to succeed.
Want to know more? Visit us at cloudistics.com/demo. We’d love to walk you through the 3rd phase of cloud.
We also recommend you to see this infographic: