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3 trends, 4 new technologies Driving the multi-cloud world

3 trends, 4 new technologies Driving by Quest

On average, the typical cloud user leverages six clouds . It’s no surprise, then, that 80% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid clouds this year .

Chicken or egg?

Which comes first – customers embracing new technologies or new technologies created in hopes of attracting new customers? Either way, your customers face three inescapable trends:

1    Shadow IT

      1. . To stay responsive, innovative, and competitive, business units everywhere buy cloud services without IT department approval in a mass decentralization of IT “authority.” Says one Gartner analyst: “Over 90% of knowledge workers who own a personal smartphone or tablet use third-party apps for work-related tasks.”

2   The Internet of Things (IoT)

      1. . By 2020, there will be more than 600 million wearable devices and 3.1 billion M2M connections . Such massive connectivity carries enormous opportunity potential – but also serious challenges, notably complexity, since IoT solutions rely on new cloud technologies like microservices and containers, and exposure to data breaches and DDoS attacks via hijacked IoT devices.

3   The need for cloud security

    1. . Within two years, the cost of data breaches globally will top $2 trillion . So holistic, next-gen cloud security is critical. Your customers require security that’s end-to-end; designed for mobility; built on contextual, predictive intrusion prevention and detection services (IPS/IDS) as well as intelligent data loss prevention (DLP ) – and all baked into innovative infrastructures that exploit key leading-edge cloud technologies.
Technologies for a hybrid cloud, multi-cloud world

Those key, leading-edge cloud technologies are transforming cloud computing, and though your customers may understand little of their arcanities, there’s no question that to stay agile and competitive, your customers need these new infrastructure technologies to reduce cloud complexity and optimize costs :

1   Accelerated cloud workload automation

      1. that reaches above the orchestration layer to ease application management and accelerate app delivery with automated self-service provisioning and programmable networks.

2   Microservices and containers

      1. . Virtual machines are yielding to microservices – assorted discrete, single-function services assembled into applications – that run in containers. Moving virtualization to the application level makes apps much more portable across hybrid cloud, on-premises infrastructures, and even multi-cloud environments.

3   Network function virtualization (NFV)

      1. . With NFV, services such as firewalls, load balancing, and intrusion prevention systems move from dedicated hardware into a virtualized environment. NFV enables containerization and makes it easier to control the likes of DNS, IP addressing schemes, and routing choices.

4   Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) for that private cloud.

    1. Building all that a cloud requires can be daunting, but HCI solutions make it easier to construct the private portion of a hybrid cloud environment by packaging pre-integrated compute and storage resources needed for a cloud’s advanced virtualization, automation, self-service access, standardization, and resource monitoring.

To keep your customers’ businesses competitive , get help from a cloud technology provider with deep expertise at the cloud’s bleeding edge.

Adam Burke
Meet the Author

Adam Burke is Quest's Vice President of Sales and Partnerships.