Cloud computing is a fast moving beast, with new trends and technologies popping up all the time. Last year we predicted serverless and Kubernetes to maintain their strong momentum, and that the ‘big three’ vendors would maintain their stranglehold on the market. Some of that held true, but serverless continues to be much talked about but little deployed, and Microsoft and Google did make some inroads into AWS’ dominant market share over the course of the year. This year we don’t expect serverless or Kubernetes to go anywhere but they will continue to evolve as adoption ramps up and enterprises look for ways to leverage these new ways of working. In a blog post for its 2019 cloud predictions report, Forrester analyst Dave Bartoletti has pegged 2019 as the year of widespread enterprise adoption of cloud to power digital transformation efforts. In the report, by Bartoletti and Lauren Nelson, the analysts go on to state: "In 2019, cloud computing will be shorthand for the best way to turn disruptive ideas into amazing software." That’s a lot of industry jargon, but it does have the research to back it up, predicting the global cloud computing market to exceed $200 billion in 2019, which is up 20 percent on last year. As we take stock of the year gone by, here are some predictions for where cloud is heading in 2019, both in terms of the technology and the big vendors powering the industry. Hybrid cloud momentum With the release of Outposts in November, Amazon Web Services (AWS) finally admitted that it needs to be more hybrid cloud friendly for customers that will have applications hosted in their own data centers for some time to come. It’s a bit of a backward step for a vendor that has always been bullish (for obvious reasons) on the possibility of every app being ripe for cloud migration if needs be, but it seems like some customers have got their message through as AWS will now provide customers with a truly hybrid solution. This brings AWS into better alignment with Azure, which has long been hybrid-friendly through Azure Stack, and Google claims to offer a bunch of tools to allow customers to stretch their applications out to the cloud, such as Kubernetes Engine and Compute Engine, as well as Stackdriver for holistic monitoring and Apigee for API management. Add to that the major hybrid cloud play inherent in IBM’s $33 billion acquisition of Red Hat in October. "IBM will become the world’s number one hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses," IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said in a statement at the time. Stephen Line, VP EMEA at Cloudera sees that acquisition as part or a broader industry trend towards hybrid cloud and the need to provide customers with choice. He predicts: "The hybrid model is a challenge for public cloud as well as private cloud-only vendors. To prepare, vendors […]
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