Cloud Computing Trends in 2013: Provisioning and Managing Seamlessly Across the Hybrid Environment

January 17th, 2013Mobility

As IT delivery models proliferate and multiple cloud options including private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud and community cloud become more broadly adopted within enterprise IT environments, most major organizations are grappling with increased choice, differing financial models and new levels of complexity. CIOs must identify ways to reduce this complexity and implement technologies that can help automate the management and operations of their new, transformed environments so they can continue to reap the benefits of these models without escalating costs or losing control.

We have observed that the current limited deployment of brokering technologies to seamlessly procure capacity and the low penetration of integrated enterprise systems management to enable end-to-end management of cloud and non-cloud environments limit the ability for organizations to fully leverage cloud benefits.

With these challenges in mind, we anticipate that in 2013, organizations will begin to identify their strategy and implementation plans for management tools and brokering platforms to better manage their hybrid environments while tightly integrating into their existing process, policy, governance and compliance frameworks. The brokering platforms will provide broader choice, helping enable the selection of a “fit for purpose” cloud environment, provide faster time to deployment, and a “one stop service” to procure and manage cloud providers.

To counteract the “shadow IT” phenomenon, whereby business units directly procure cloud services from third-party providers, we expect that CIOs will press their internal cloud teams to seek out more automated techniques for rapidly deploying and operating their cloud infrastructure. This will include automated tools to help assess which enterprise applications are best suited to which cloud deployment models while meeting SLAs and compliance requirements, and self-service portals for cloud provisioning as part of their private cloud implementations. In effect, these internal IT services groups will become the providers of sophisticated brokerage, procurement and enterprise systems management capabilities to the organization, enabling workloads of all types to be provisioned and managed seamlessly regardless of IT delivery model.