Cloud Management Trends: A 2020 Breakdown

Looking Ahead

Cloud Management Trends for 2020

Looking Ahead: Cloud Management Trends for 2020

Organizations around the globe have turned their attention towards the cloud and how best to manage all of the moving parts within it. From multi-cloud deployments, to cost optimizations, to managed services, there is a lot to unpack when it comes to cloud management.

As we head into 2020, even more trends will emerge that will impact the way your organization navigates cloud management. Let’s take a look at the cloud management trends to be aware of as we move into the new year. 

Organizations Need to Invest in Cloud Expertise

When organizations first began migrating to the cloud, their decision-making process was a bit more black and white. There were fewer vendors in the marketplace and fewer ways to customize offerings. Now, with the option to merge public and private clouds into one harmonious environment, there is a gray area. Cloud environments are now more complex than ever, and require more resources and personnel to manage than organizations expected.

Organizations are often overspending when trying to keep their expertise and personnel up to date. It has been estimated that the cloud is costing organizations 5 percent of global revenue annually due to a deficiency of qualified cloud expertise. For those counting, that sets larger organizations back approximately $258 million per year.

IT departments simply haven’t been able to keep up with the level of cloud expertise needed. This lack of knowledge could be a roadblock on the way to digital transformation. In the new year, it will be more important than ever to retain and train your most valuable employees. Otherwise, you may have a difficult time finding candidates with the proper level of expertise to replace them.

The Continued Rise of Managed Services

For those that have found themselves in over their heads when it comes to cloud management, the most viable option for getting above water has been and will be cloud management services. As enterprises aim to reach their long-term business goals and future-proof their infrastructure, this can simultaneously introduce risk where the cost and security requirements are concerned.

Investing in cloud management services will become essential to getting the most out of the cloud. The wealth of knowledge managed service providers can offer to guide and support your strategy will become an advantage for organizations. Managed service providers will be able to provide the level of expertise your organization may lack, and you will be able to head to the front of the pack.

Multi-Cloud Will Continue to Surge

Another emerging trend is the adoption of a multi-cloud strategy. Instead of having to choose between clouds, organizations can now leverage services and solutions that span multiple cloud providers to create a customized environment that fits their needs and prevents vendor lock-in. The biggest concern with a multi-cloud strategy, however, is the lack of visibility and control that comes along with it, as different providers have different SLAs and expectations.

It’s easy to lose the level of visibility needed when there are many different cloud-based services in play. A multi-cloud strategy can also be quite cost-efficient, so ensure that the providers you’re working with are offering the most competitive price on the market.

Security as a Top Priority

Staying secure has remained the biggest worry for organizations, with 66 percent of IT professionals stating that security is their greatest concern when migrating to the cloud. In addition to that, at least 95 percent of cloud security failures are predicted to be the customer’s fault through 2020 according to Gartner.

These concerns certainly won’t go away overnight. Keeping your cloud environment secure is no small feat, especially with all of the complexities that are coming into play. Having a cloud management service at your fingertips will allow for around the clock monitoring, which means greater protection from threats at the first sign of a security event. This way, you will be able to mitigate risk as it happens, instead of having to react on the fly.

Automation is Key

Automation will become a huge player in the world of cloud management, and you may be wondering what the implications could be. By automating cloud policies, unused workloads can be reduced and your overall usage will be rightsized. In fact, this year alone saw 57 percent of central IT teams place a heavier focus on automating cloud policies. Through automated cloud policies, you can also begin to see your digital transformation initiative realized as it will help reduce cost and optimize your strategy.

Fast-tracking your organization’s goals will always remain our top priority. By automating our managed services processes, we are able to ensure a resilient and secure platform. This creates greater flexibility to your organization, bringing you one step closer to your cloud migration goals.

We’re also proud to bring enhanced protection, advanced monitoring, detailed configuration, and policy governance to the table. Once we’ve helped you choose the best cloud or multi-cloud technology for your needs, we can work alongside your organization to build out a strategy that will endure the new year and beyond.

Looking Ahead to 2020

As we look ahead to the new year, take some time to examine your current cloud management strategy. Find your weak spots and strengths so that you understand exactly what is needed to start the year strong. Once you’re in a good position to tackle 2020, you’ll be all the better once we hit 2021.

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Mathew Showers

Global Best Practice Manager - Technology Services

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