It’s that time of the year once again when lots of predictions are made for the upcoming year. In last couple of years, cloud computing has become an integral part of IT strategy across enterprises. Here are eight cloud computing trends which will drive cloud strategies throughout 2015 and impact cloud planning processes too.

1. Enterprise workloads will move to the cloud at large: Cloud migration has been in talks since quite sometime now but it’s going to be a reality very soon in 2015. It’s not only about Amazon Web Services but there are Google Compute Engine and Microsoft Azure which will make records too, along with service veterans like CenturyLink Savvis, Verizon Terremark and Rackspace.

2. Hybrid Cloud Computing: A combination of public or private cloud services and physical application infrastructure and services is called hybrid cloud computing. From some recent developments, hybrid cloud computing looks quite promising as an unified integrated cloud model across internal and external cloud platforms.

3. Cloud investment optimisation: As cloud service promise to deliver range of benefits like shift from capital-intensive to operational cost models, cloud investment optimisation is on the cards. It can also be used to shift focus of IT resources to higher-value-added activities for the business or to support business innovations. These benefits need proper investigation as lots of challenges might come in their way like security, lack of transparency, concerns about performance and availability and so on.

4. Containers will get more popularity: Cloud poses some problems in IT operations but containers have helped solve these issues. Developers are loving containers and now the operations teams also need to containerise different parts of an application, move them to different types of cloud infrastructure and manage them in parts.

5. Price leadership will see the next step: In 2015 a two-tier public cloud structure will take shape and the top tier will be Amazon, Azure, SoftLayer, and Google Compute/App Engines. But low-price, minimalist infrastructure tiers will be more popular among independent developers, startups and small businesses, like Netcraft and DigitalOcean. Lightweight, fast cloud services will be the biggest trend in 2015.

6. Cloud Friendly Decision Frameworks: Cloud computing offers lots of important features and benefits like cost-effective use-based models of IT consumption and service delivery, and it’s believed almost by everyone now. IT can also focus on new service with cloud computing. But success of cloud adoption depends on making the structure optimised according to requirements. First know the concerns and then proper planning, implementation and optimisation of cloud strategy are required.

7. Application Designs should be cloud optimised: Organisations usually transfer their enterprise workloads to the cloud or an application infrastructure. But to explore the full potential of the cloud model, applications should be designed which are cloud optimised.

8. Software-defined security will protect workloads: Software-defined security will become integral part of software-defined data centres and accompany workloads into the cloud. If the network, the storage system, and containers and virtual machines are defined on the host servers in the software, then the security can also be defined. Software mapping systems identify system perimeters and intelligence is fed into a central monitoring system.

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