2019 Cloud Predictions - Part 1
January 15, 2019
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As a continuation of the list of 2019 predictions, APMdigest invited industry experts to predict how Cloud will evolve and impact application performance and business in 2019.

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Scaling up, and quick: We’re seeing the momentum of scale steadily speed up as a result of continued enterprise adoption of cloud technologies. As the technologies mature and are integrated into cloud solutions, enterprises grow more familiar with them, gain trust in their value and increase adoption. It’s a virtuous cycle, which we wrote about in the Foundation’s latest research report, and it’s only going to start spinning faster in 2019.
Abby Kearns
Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation


Advances in technology will make the cloud substantially more suitable for critical applications. With IT staff now becoming more comfortable in the cloud, their concerns about security and reliability, especially for five-9s of uptime, have diminished substantially. Initially, organizations will prefer to use whatever failover clustering technology they currently use in their datacenters to protect the critical applications being migrated to the cloud. This clustering technology will also be adapted and optimized for enhanced operations in the cloud. At the same time, cloud service providers will continue to advance their service levels, leading to the cloud ultimately becoming the preferred platform for all enterprise applications.
Jerry Melnick
President and CEO, SIOS Technology


Last year, 451 Research released a report that indicated 60 percent of IT workloads will run in the cloud by 2019. In the past year, we have seen a significant shift from cloud as a method of finding cost savings to cloud as a transformative platform for driving business growth. The message from cloud providers used to be focused on the economics — move to the cloud to shift from capital expenditures to operating expenditures and lower your Total Cost of Ownership. We see now that the value isn't necessarily in potential cost savings, but in how we enable our customers to be fast and agile while protecting their most important currency — their data. Looking forward, 2019 will present a new set of challenges for many organizations in their cloud journey, and an opportunity for cloud providers to partner with their customers in new ways.
Brian Kuhn
Chief Digital Officer, OVHcloud


2019 will be a year of consolidation in the cloud ecosystem, from startups to publicly traded companies. The recent enormous acquisitions we've seen across the industry — such as IBM and Red Hat, Microsoft and GitHub, and most recently VMware and Heptio — are the latest confirmation of one thing: open source continues to be the driving force behind innovation for companies of all sizes. In 2019, we'll see a deeper investment in open source technologies to power innovation, new entrants, and more exits across the entire cloud ecosystem.
Abby Kearns
Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation


Two Clouds Are Better Than One: More enterprises will adopt a multi-cloud strategy to avoid vendor lock-in and enhance their business flexibility. However, a multi-cloud approach raises new management challenges that users will need to address to ensure a positive experience.
Jon Toor
CMO, Cloudian

The business multi-verse expands through multi-cloud as data inefficiencies are solved: Multi-cloud promises tremendous reward if it can be used properly, but data inefficiencies and complicated compliance policies hinder progress for many. 2019 will see some of those data inefficiencies fade away as effective data strategies are implemented and new technologies unleash true multi-cloud functionality to the masses.
Laurent Bride
CTO, Talend

According to IDC, by 2020, more than 90 percent of enterprises will use multiple cloud services and platforms. Most organizations began as multi-cloud as a result of shadow IT and a lack of oversight and visibility into cloud procurement and management. Going forward, it will be a purposeful strategy. The public cloud isn't a one-size-fits-all solution, and even as organizations choose a strategic cloud partner to host a majority of their applications, they will find better fits for some of their legacy workloads elsewhere. IT leaders will be challenged with evaluating, procuring, and managing multiple cloud platforms, and delivering a seamless cloud experience to their end users.
Brian Kuhn
Chief Digital Officer, OVHcloud

Multi-cloud strategies reached new levels of adoption last year, with Virtustream finding 86 per cent of enterprises to be taking such an approach. But, despite considerable uptake already, we expect multi-cloud's prominence to grow further still in 2019. Multi-cloud is almost becoming the default cloud strategy as organizations look to avoid vendor lock-in, granting themselves greater flexibility in deploying the most relevant cloud across different departments and functions. While such an approach offers the added bonus of improving ROI, it is the increased performance and autonomy which are most appealing to enterprises. Instead of being restricted to the ecosystem of one vendor, a multi-cloud approach permits organizations to deploy a mixture of cloud apps to suit their needs across the business, while at the same time technologies such as Kubernetes can be used to containerize and deploy applications across different cloud providers when necessary.
Stephan Fabel
Director of Product Management, Canonical


In 2019, hybrid cloud deployments will accelerate, adding to a pressing need to make data management consistent, efficient, and reliable. Enterprise hybrid clouds need standardized deployments and application workflows. Solutions will evolve to consume cloud storage as an extension of local storage.
Gaurav Yadav
Founding Engineer/Product Manager, Hedvig

Mainstream enterprises will look beyond just getting their apps to work in the cloud. They will move to the next phase of optimizing performance, manageability, and security as part of a true multi-cloud deployment, where they have critical workloads both on-premise as well as within one or more public clouds.
Brajesh Goyal
VP, Engineering, Cavirin

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