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Solstice Cloud-Native Trends for 2018


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The cloud-native group at Solstice has compiled a list of the 6 most important trends that we see taking hold in 2018.

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Solstice Cloud-Native Trends for 2018

  2. 2. CLOUD-NATIVE FORECAST 2018: 6 TRENDS 2 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL 1. 2. 3. 5. 4. 6. There’s a Cloud for That: Abstracting Multi-Cloud with PCF K8s for Everyone: Containerization & Orchestration Google Becomes Your Next Data Center: GCP in the Enterprise When Less is More: DevOps on the Rise The New Enterprise Developer: Reactive Programming & Serverless Insights from on High: AI/ML in the Cloud
  3. 3. 3 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL There’s a Cloud for That: ABSTRACTING 
  4. 4. PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL Around 45% of enterprises employ multi-cloud solutions Almost half of enterprises today leverage multiple cloud providers, according to this survey by 451 Research. While most of these multi- cloud instances today are used for hosted cloud solutions, enterprises are increasingly looking to try out new clouds for application development use. We expect a sharper rise in multi- cloud enterprise environments in 2018. PCF broadens provider supports Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry product continues to be the best cloud abstraction in the market. Pivotal recently introduced support for Kubernetes, beta support for Azure stack, and a new PCF Quickstart for AWS. As the platform evolves, its core tenant of portability remains its most popular feature. Also, as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and others continue to price their cloud platforms aggressively, these price wars could lead to provider swapping in 2018 and beyond. Retirement of legacy apps & infrastructure Increased security compliance and high platform maintenance & licensing costs are driving the retirement of legacy apps and infrastructure within the enterprise. Most legacy apps are being replaced by cloud-native apps using microservice, 12-factor architectures which are built cloud-first and infrastructure agnostic, thus easing the transfer of these apps across multiple cloud environments. There’s a Cloud for That: ABSTRACTING MULTI-CLOUD WITH PCF 4
  5. 5. 5 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL There’s a Cloud for That: ABSTRACTING MULTI-CLOUD WITH PCF So what? Enterprises can shop around for multiple cloud hosting environments and leverage technologies like PCF and 12-factor architectures to provide a common layer that simplifies migration between providers. This is a win-win for CTO and infrastructure teams— they can deliver more capabilities to their customers while also driving better cost efficiencies. Joe Nedumgottil Cloud-Native Architect @jnedum
  7. 7. 7 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL K8s for Everyone: CONTAINERIZATION & ORCHESTRATION Applications for K8s Multi/Hybrid- Cloud Management 2018 will see a larger introduction of applications for managing multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud models supporting Kubernetes. At Solstice we’ve seen cloud provider specific applications for managing features such as logging, scaling, and monitoring. We expect to see an abstraction of these provider specific types of applications as well as new classes of applications to handle K8s multi/hybrid-cloud models. Diversity in the Cloud and a Larger K8s Footprint We expect to see an increased demand for “choice” among consumers for diversity in the cloud, as K8s support rises in cloud vendors (i.e. PCF 2.0/PKS). As an effect, consumers will be able to break away from and/or avoid vendor lock-in scenarios. Increased Maturity and Adoption 2018 will see a rise in maturity among cloud vendors as well as consumers. Specifically in areas such as security, portability (i.e. porting to/from between cloud vendors) and cloud agnostic tooling (i.e. Istio).
  8. 8. 8 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL So what? In 2018, we expect to see enterprises continue to shift away from vendor lock-in, as they will be empowered to leverage K8s between multiple cloud vendors and bare-metal with little to no restrictions. Enterprises will be in a position where if they’ve already modernized or are just beginning to modernize their infrastructure, they can start taking next steps towards customizing their own cloud infrastructure how they see fit. Keun Lee Cloud-Native Architect @keunlee K8s for Everyone: CONTAINERIZATION & ORCHESTRATION
  9. 9. 9 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL Google Becomes Your Next Data Center: GCP IN THE ENTERPRISE
  10. 10. 10 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL Google Becomes Your Next Data Center: GCP IN THE ENTERPRISE Google is already a core component within your organization Google and Pivotal partnership grows stronger GCP AI/ML ahead of the competition Over the last 5 years Google has actively sought to win over the enterprise with tools like G-Suite and Google Analytics. Today, Google’s enterprise offering includes Google Cloud Platform (GCP), along with popular open source tooling created by Google such as Kubernetes. As time has passed, Google has slowly found ways to become part of the enterprise. We see this trend accelerating in 2018. It’s evident that Pivotal and Google share many of the same values and ideas in the cloud-native computing space. Pivotal Cloud Foundry’s upcoming 2.0 release contains numerous points of collaboration between Pivotal and Google including: • PKS (Pivotal Container Service) co- developed by Pivotal/VMWare in partnership with Google Cloud • GCP Service Broker Tile: allows for PCF access to native GCP services Although it’s debatable which cloud platform will win the cloud AI/ML wars, its easy to see that Google’s AI/ML offering is wider and deeper than its primary counterparts. We see this gap between Google and its competition to remain the same or widen in 2018. While the MLaaS battles are far from over, Google remains in the lead and that will attract enterprises to its cloud platform.
  11. 11. 11 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL Google Becomes Your Next Data Center: GCP IN THE ENTERPRISE So what?In April, Google made a bold statement that they believe that GCP will become the world’s largest public cloud provider by 2022. As Google’s cloud ecosystem of platforms, tooling and partnerships continues to grow, it will be coupled with enterprises who are deciding to flee AWS based on current or future potential competition with Amazon businesses. It’s easy to envision GCP becoming a welcome new alternative for cloud-native computing for the enterprise in the very near future. Joe Nedumgottil Cloud-Native Architect Mike Koleno VP, Technology @_koleno @jnedum
  13. 13. Traditional enterprise IT requires developers and operations to take on a plethora of mundane tasks to deploy and operate software. In 2018, expect enterprises to realize a more efficient way to operate through a new DevOps centric model where the journey of software travels through automated pipelines rather than a checklist of manual tasks. Continuous Delivery is now within every organization’s reach! Further DevOps adoption in 2018 will eliminate the need for the Superhero (Development) and Firefighter (Ops) personas within Enterprise IT. Autonomous cross- functional teams create the best models for supporting production apps. Also noticeably missing from a DevOps-driven world will be Zombie-looking Operations teams who have battled numerous production battles for days on end. 13 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL When Less is More: DEVOPS ON THE RISE Less Yak Shaving Less Superheroes and Firefighters As cloud abstraction platforms and containers rise to rule the earth, there is less demand for understanding how individual applications and component stacks are uniquely supported. Platforms like Docker, Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry make managing applications from different stack lineages a much more reasonable and achievable task than ever before. Less Specialization, even in a Polyglot world
  14. 14. 14 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL So what? Regardless of where you are in your DevOps journey, enterprise IT outfits should be striving to reach the same goal in 2018— to build and operate systems at scale through cross-functional autonomous teams. As organizations become comfortable with these new models, developers and operations team will shed traditional mundane tasks for those of higher value. As cloud-native platforms and tooling evolve, organizations will gravitate toward singular platforms that also abstract away low value, mundane tasks. As DevOps models scale, expect to see less SMEs and Gatekeepers who seem to play larger than life roles in the traditional IT world. Surely expect to do more with less than you ever have before! @_koleno When Less is More: DEVOPS ON THE RISE Mike Koleno VP, Technology
  16. 16. 16 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL The New Enterprise Developer: REACTIVE PROGRAMMING & SERVERLESS Serverless computing brings many benefits to cloud-native applications. Because it executes code only when needed, business logic is further isolated, which improves maintainability and decreases the likelihood of bugs. It also can bring operational savings because your serverless function is only running when needed, so there is no cost accrued when the business logic isn't being used. Reactive programming has been growing in popularity in recent years, and it will explode in 2018. An application that is built reactively can handle far more activity with far fewer system resources. Reactive programming is a perfect fit for data-intensive applications. Go Serverless, Reap Rewards Do More With Less, Go Reactive Serverless computing will not entirely replace traditional microservices. Many use cases remain for the latter. For example, long-running processes such as data processing jobs would not be appropriate for serverless computing. Enterprises will need to find the sweet spot where they use serverless and microservices at the right times. Find the Sweet Spot Between Microservices and Serverless
  17. 17. 17 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL The New Enterprise Developer: REACTIVE PROGRAMMING & SERVERLESS So what? Enterprises naturally and rightfully want to minimize risk while also minimizing cost. Serverless computing and reactive programming are two tools that help achieve those goals. To achieve them, you must find the sweet spot between when to go serverless, when to use a traditional microservice, and when to program reactively. Finding that spot will make maintaining your applications easier and allow you to be more competitive as you are able to deliver greater value to users. Steven Calderwood Cloud-Native Architect @steveninchicago
  18. 18. 18 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL Insights from on High: AI/ML IN THE CLOUD
  19. 19. 19 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL Insights from on High: AI/ML IN THE CLOUD More than 50% of companies expect to implement AI solutions in 2018. There is a big push to provide AI/ML cloud services from all the top cloud providers geared to increase company growth. Services are also meant to simplify very complex AI/ML implementations that can be utilized by developers, rather than requiring data scientists for common patterns. The proliferation of services that run on AI will push for increased cloud storage just to meet the need for shorter data processing and analysis. There will continue to be an increased focus on data collection across all industries in order to derive more meaningful insights and predictions using AI/ ML. AI/ML going mainstream Push For Increased Cloud Storage As platform wars continue among big tech companies like Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, and IBM, we can expect continued investment and innovation in this space in 2018 and beyond. Innovation
  20. 20. 20 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL So what? Companies sit on huge amounts of data today that, in many cases, is not being utilized. There is a strong desire to derive meaningful insights and predictions from this data in order to grow, save costs, gain new customers, and optimize operations. Every CTO will need to take advantage of AI/ML capabilities soon. This will lead to increased focus on AI/ML cloud solutions, as well as increased demand for data storage. Andy Koziol Cloud-Native Architect @andrekoziol Insights from on High: AI/ML IN THE CLOUD
  21. 21. Want to talk cloud? 21 PROPRIETARY & CONFIDENTIAL Mike Koleno VP, Technology & Head of Cloud-Native Practice 815-530-6029