We know that 2018 saw a lot of cloud (industry) consolidation.
Companies merged, cloud alliances (yes, more of them) formed and platforms became more agnostic (where possible) in order that they could open themselves up to a wider selection of other services, applications and data channels.
Parks bemoans the fact that cloud management (as a term) has been used by the industry to describe a fragmented array of products ranging from optimisation to security to automation to migration and more.
So why cloud consolidation?
Parks says it’s because the market is clearly demanding more full-stack solutions… and that it’s no longer enough to merely turbo-charge or cost-optimise some virtual machines (VMs).
In 2019, Parks asserts that we’ll see a coming together of DevOps and cloud management.
“The Dev side of the DevOps equation has been moving fast and as the harbinger of digital transformation, DevOps-centric organisations are going to refuse to accept the status quo. IT teams will either embrace and leverage next-generation cloud management to enable developers, or they will find themselves wondering what happened to their domain. The same is true for cloud management tools. Ops-centric tools are no longer going to cut it. AIOps goes from buzzword to baller: many core infrastructure platforms have started taking advantage of predictive analytics to improve the datacentre in recent years,” said Parks.
He further predicts that 2019 will see increasing interest in next-gen private clouds as well as an increasing need for centralised governance over independent cloud estates.
Cloud is (still) changing in its central form, types of adoption and wider implementation across different industries and that implementation factor will have an impact on the software application developers who now seek to build (increasingly) cloud-native applications.
What’s next for cloud?
In a word: full-stack hybrid next-gen private clouds with a big dollop of AIOps.
Okay, that was 13 words, sorry.