What’s on the horizon for cloud computing?

Originally, cloud computing was an experiment. Over the past ten years’, it has come a long way and is a critical part of today’s IT via its capabilities and expectations.

In its first decade, it was problematic to IT. But now, as technology is continuously maturing, objections to cloud computing are lowering.

According to Gartner, as cloud computing continuously evolves it should move away from experimentation and towards enterprise-wide implementation.

 Adapting strategies

“As it enters its second decade, cloud computing is increasingly becoming a vehicle for next-generation digital business, as well as for agile, scalable and elastic solutions,” says David Mitchell Smith, vice president and Gartner Fellow in the company’s blog post.

“CIOs and other IT leaders need to constantly adapt their strategies to leverage cloud capabilities.”

Cloud computing has become essential for security analysis, with an array of vendors engaging a cloud-first approach to product design and some technology and business innovations available only as cloud services, including innovations in the IoT and artificial intelligence.

Designing roadmaps

Furthermore, the number of organisations designing roadmaps to reflect the need to shift their strategies to the cloud has skyrocketed, with enterprises increasingly pressuring IT departments to embrace cloud computing.

“The key to an all-in cloud strategy is not to “lift and shift” data centre content. Instead, enterprises should evaluate what applications within the data centre can be replaced with SaaS, refactored or rebuilt,” continues Gartner in its blog post.

The global research and advisory firm also stated that an “all-in strategy will have more impact on IT compared to a cloud-first or cloud-only strategy”.

Written by Leah Alger