Public cloud, a brand new, bright shiny object back in the mid-2000s, is now a foundational component of enterprise IT environments. While scalable, flexible infrastructure remains part of the value proposition, enterprises and vendors are shifting their focus from "building clouds" to "building on top of clouds." As a result, architectural approaches and Day 0 thinking are starting to displace basic migration and operational issues — leading to broader considerations involving application, data management, financial cost optimization, distributed computing and hybrid/multicloud strategies. Cloud (both public and private) is coming into its own as a platform for digital innovation and transformation, and the analytics, edge/internet of things, generative (as well as traditional) AI and other specialized solutions built on top are changing the game — resulting in shifting organizational dynamics, new technology roles, greater IT-business alignment and development of extensive cloud partner ecosystems.
Explore the ten key trends that the 451 Research analysts anticipate will affect the cloud industry.