Cloud Trends to Keep an on Eye on in 2017

Forrester, Gartner, and IDC unanimously agree that the cloud presents huge growth opportunities for managed service providers (MSPs). If these predictions are accurate, we can expect to see the biggest opportunities in the public and hybrid cloud spaces, as well as in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software as a service (SaaS).

But opinions regarding how best to tackle those opportunities vary. So instead of opining, let’s turn our attention back to data. Here are 3 major data points that can be used to refine your cloud growth strategy:

  1. Most Data isn’t in the Public Cloud Yet

While Gartner expects the worldwide public cloud services market to grow 18% by the end of 2017, and continue to grow at a double-digit rate through 2020, a 2017 State of the Cloud Report produced by another firm suggests that 95% of data has yet to reach the public cloud.

So, while only a minute portion of data is currently in the public cloud, organizations are becoming more open to the idea of migrating to a public cloud environment. This means there’s a limited window of time in which to capitalize on this push to public cloud environments.

  1. Private Cloud is Out, Hybrid is In

Another interesting trend happening in the cloud services space is the decline in popularity of the private cloud, with organizations favoring either a public-only or hybrid approach going forward. A recent Forbes article noted a 5% drop in year-over-year private cloud growth between 2016 and 2017.

  1. Organizations Want Hybrid Cloud Architectures

As organizations realize the reliability, scalability, and security benefits to be gained from renting someone else’s cloud, they’re starting to push for a hybrid ecosystem that incorporates public cloud solutions for certain functions.

According to Gartner’s 2017 Planning Guide to Cloud Computing, “corporate IT will live in a hybrid world for the foreseeable future.” At the same time, however, merging homegrown private clouds with more organized and streamlined public cloud services isn’t without its challenges. With all the new technology to learn and ecosystem compatibility to test, building a hybrid environment can be tricky.

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