5 Trends That Will Change the Landscape of Cloud Management in 2020

23 January 2020 | Posted by Cass Information Systems, Inc.

In the last few years, cloud management services have ballooned. More companies than ever are adopting them to ensure their cloud environments are compliant, secure, and efficient.

Cloud is fast becoming more integral to the success of so many businesses, with Gartner reporting worldwide cloud growth in 2020 and beyond as well. So, with more organizations investing in the cloud and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) as a whole, how will the landscape of cloud management change in 2020?

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Cloud Management Services Take on Security

After a high-profile data hack involving Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2019, the future of cloud management will focus heavily on security and improving how data is secured in the public cloud.

According to a report released by Forrester, before the hack, cloud management providers defined security as ‘access control, permissions, and policy creation.’ But this definition overlooked workload security, cloud security gateways, encryption, threat intelligence, and more.

The handling of private and public data is an incredibly sensitive and important subject across the world. Companies will need to use cloud management services to be extra cautious about how they protect data in the cloud.

Using Cloud Management to Overcome Challenges Related to Hybrid Infrastructure

Although cloud services have seen a massive adoption rate, the reality is that they often exist alongside on-premise infrastructure. 53% of cloud stakeholders surveyed revealed that more than 50% of their infrastructure is on-premise still, with that number dropping to 47% by 2021.

A hybrid approach will continue to be incredibly important. In fact, many companies believe that a careful balance of both on-cloud and on-premise infrastructure is the future of cloud management. Having a cohesive cloud management system that allows you to converge your infrastructures means you’ll have better knowledge of where data is held, improving visibility and security.

Developing a hybrid cloud roadmap is essential for getting the most out of the cloud. In 2020, more enterprises will adopt a hybrid infrastructure as they reconfigure their business to work on-premises and in the cloud. By doing so, and managing them effectively, they can get the best out of both.

Continuing Rapid Consolidation of the Tools Market

This particular trend is already taking root and looks set to transform the software market in 2020 and beyond. Multiple software companies are already acquiring cloud management vendors to bolster their software offerings, enabling many of them to provide cloud management services alongside their normal output. 

VMWare acquired Boston-based CloudHealth Technologies, Apptio Inc. has acquired multi-cloud financial manager Cloudability and just as recently as December 2019, Snow Software announced the acquisition of hybrid cloud management company Embotics. These very recent acquisitions are just the beginning - as more companies move their processes into the cloud space and struggle with the migration, you can expect more consolidation from enterprises and vendors.

However, with the market consolidating in such a way, there is renewed value to be found in independent cloud management vendors. Independent vendors can offer a level of stability that new partnerships and acquisitions simply can't, and are able to dedicate themselves to cloud services fully.  

Optimizing Cloud Costs to be More Important than Ever

Throughout 2020, 80% of companies are expected to overshoot on their cloud IaaS budgets due to a lack of cloud cost optimization management. As multi-cloud infrastructures become commonplace, many teams don’t have the right processes to manage costs across these complex environments.

According to Gartner, the IaaS market is growing worldwide year-on-year, so you’re likely to see budgets rise. Therefore, more people are turning to cloud management services that offer cost optimization. You need a cloud management system that shows where your charges come from – and helps you optimize your costs. You can also use it to forecast future expenses, making long-term commitments easier to handle.

Cloud cost optimization also helps show where the cloud isn’t being used efficiently. By pinpointing these areas, businesses can use their budgets more wisely. 

Multi-Cloud Adoption

When we looked at last year’s cloud management trends, the multi-cloud revolution had just arrived. Now, businesses are investing more into the cloud, often across numerous providers each with their own toolset. But the reality of working across multiple cloud vendors is that it’s often messy, difficult, and costly. That’s why, more than ever, the future of cloud management lies in multi-cloud management.

In 2019, 81% of enterprises described their strategy as multi-cloud, up from 74% last year - and that number is only increasing. When you look at the benefits, it’s easy to see why – no vendor lock-in, better workload flexibility, and more competition between providers to name a few. If you're using this approach, multi-cloud management can help optimize your service while reducing latency between multiple deployments. You can also customize cloud deployments to help identify and prioritize the best, most relevant solution. 

Meaningful cloud management is increasingly important as more companies adopt the multi-cloud approach. In fact, the adoption of multi-cloud might be the trend that will shape cloud management the most as the industry changes.

Get Prepared for Cloud Management in 2020

Due to the immense scale of the cloud and the services it offers, it’s becoming hard to manage without the help of a cloud management service. As more companies use multiple cloud vendors, throughout 2020 and beyond, cloud management will be vital for getting the full benefits of the cloud.

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