OPINION: The cloud in 2019: Multi-cloud, serverless computing, and Kubernetes containers

Enterprises are quickly moving up the cloud stack (image erhui1979/iStockPhoto

Based on “active data” from more than 1,600 customers using Sumo Logic’s platform, a new report shows:

None of this data should surprise you given the explosion of the market, but it is interesting to confirm that enterprises are now quickly moving up the cloud stack. Your focus is moving away from infrastructure services, such as basic storage and compute, to the services the “cool kids” are using, meaning multi-cloud management, serverless computing, and containers.

So what does this mean to the technologies and their deployments in the coming year?

First, everything will be multi-cloud. And for a few good reasons: There is not much of a cost penalty for going multi-cloud, other than the added complexity management that will be needed. However, smart companies will get ahead of this quickly, including using advanced multi-cloud-oriented cloudops platforms.

Second, serverless computing will become systemic to most cloud development services, including databases. It’s much easier to use, and it removes people from making the resource provisioning and scaling decisions on the fly. Moreover, cloud development services will improve and expand the serverless subsystems quickly, which will put more pressure on traditional PaaS systems.

Third, as containers grow, so will Kubernetes. It’s razors and razorblades at this point, and Kubernetes is now table stakes if you’re running containers at any kind of scale.

What is less obvious is the speed that enterprises will continue to adopt this technology. Still, adoption won’t be consistent. Chances are we’ll eventually see slowdowns as the technology and bandwidth of IT to deploy the technology become saturated.


David S. Linthicum is a chief cloud strategy officer at Deloitte Consulting, and an internationally recognized industry expert and thought leader. 



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