Happy New Year! This will be the year when the majority of you will take the plunge into migrating your on-premise workloads to the cloud.

The advice on New Years is – don’t drink and drive – the equivalent for cloud migrations is – don’t migrate without proactive cloud modeling!

 Summary: Cloud trends in 2020

1. Cloud Migrations will dominate enterprise priorities and cloud providers are rising to address migration needs.

2. Hybrid Cloud deployments will become easier as cloud providers rush to offer various on-premise options.

3. There will be many viable alternatives to traditional VMs – Containers, Containers on Serverless, and Bare Metal systems.

4. Multi-cloud is a new mantra – being embraced by cloud providers themselves! Microsoft, Google and Oracle lead this charge.

Let’s examine these trends in more detail –  

Details: 4 Major IT industry trends in 2020:

1. Cloud migrations are set to dominate the trends in 2020. IDC predicts that cloud spend will approach a whopping $500B figure by 2023. While most IT departments have employed a cloud first strategy for new applications for many years, they are now being forced to plan for the future of their remaining on-premise applications – how will they get re-deployed into the cloud. Cloud providers have stepped up by offering ease of migrations to their platforms. We recommend you model various cloud architectures to compare their cost – benefits prior to starting migrations.

 2. Cloud providers are embracing hybrid deployments after acknowledging that enterprises have been slow to migrate their on-premise workloads. All the major clouds threw their hats in the on-premise ring with announcements of Outposts (AWS), Azure Stack (Azure) and Anthos (GCP). Now you have the ability to modernize your workloads on-premise before moving to the cloud, or build a consistent hybrid infrastructure between on-premise and cloud.

 3. While traditional VMs have been a comfortable mainstay as cloud platforms, most providers now tout additional compute options such as Containers, Serverless and Bare Metal systems. AWS now lets you use Elastic Kubernetes Service to run Kubernetes Pods on AWS Fargate allowing you to blend the advantages of Containers and Serverless Compute. Azure allows for a very similar deployment model with support for the Azure Kubernetes Service on Serverless Compute. Google continued to add more ease of migration and management as well as cross-platform support for the Google Kubernetes Services. In 2020 watch for maturing of Container deployment options giving you a new destination platform for migrations. 

IBM Cloud was the first provider to offer bare metal servers and has been followed by Oracle Cloud, Azure, AWS and now Google (with the acquisition of Cloud Simple). Bare metal systems offer a great option for legacy and specialized workloads that need to be migrated to the cloud.

 4. Expect to see more inter-operability among cloud platforms in the coming months. Microsoft and Oracle took the plunge by formalizing their collaboration allowing customers to run their familiar on-premise deployments of Windows applications on an Oracle DB back end, but now in the Azure-Oracle connected cloud. This reduces the untenable challenges in migrating one of the most prolific databases (Oracle) to the cloud.

What’s new in 2020 is a plethora of new cloud resources, hybrid options, and savings opportunities, more than in prior years.

While we are spoiled for choice in cloud options we can migrate to, the sheer magnitude of options can be overwhelming. A good start to plan your cloud migrations is to run several models in the Akasia Infrastructure Modeler (for lift & shift migrations) and the Akasia Cloud Modeler (for new cloud deployments). You can compare deployments options within the same cloud platform, or in multiple cloud platforms and compare them.

Here’s to more cloud migrations in 2020!