July 25, 2017

Cloud Tech Trends to Watch in 2017

Written by
Bjorn Kuijt

Cloud technologies are evolving quickly as increased demand is leading to increased innovation. More and more enterprises and companies are transitioning at least some computing workloads into the cloud. Whether you’re just making the switch or moved some time ago, you want to make sure your cloud service provider is at the forefront of these developments and can help you benefit from them. Your provider should also be able to assist you in planning the computing, information protection, and data storage capabilities you need as your business changes and grows.

Here is a brief look at some cloud tech trends worth watching.

Containers and microservices simplify the cloud

Companies benefit from the ease of use, standardization, efficiency, and economy of containers and microservices to keep their cloud environments current with what businesses need.

Quickly finding widespread adoption, containers can greatly simplify the lives of developers and business managers relying on the cloud. Containers isolate applications built for the cloud from specific cloud platforms and infrastructures. They can therefore run in any cloud environment, which makes it easier to share and reuse them. Containerization from its very inception has always been highly standardized to make data and applications transferable and thereby more useful.

Containers make it possible to run microservices – well-defined, circumscribed tasks. Developers can easily build such microservices, choosing from a variety of programming tools. Businesses can run these small workloads in any cloud environment they like. They can quickly be deployed, scaled, or turned off when no longer needed.

Companies are flocking to the hybrid cloud

Once you determine that it’s not useful to move all your computing workloads into the cloud at the same time, you need to determine which work best in the cloud and which should remain on-premise. In many organizations, such relatively standard computing areas as HR, finance, sales, or distribution move to the cloud, while development and more specialized workloads often don’t. Hybrid-cloud environments are quickly becoming the first choice of many businesses.

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Modern cloud resources make it easy to integrate the cloud with on-premise technology and provide a productive, seamless user experience. By one measure, annual growth in the hybrid cloud between 2015 and 2019 is said to outpace the IT market overall by close to 30 percent.

Microsoft Azure, for example, is known for its effectiveness and versatility in supporting hybrid cloud environments. The modular architecture of Microsoft Dynamics 365, which lets you implement discrete CRM and ERP workloads one at a time, makes it easier for you to act on your preferences for what capabilities should live in the cloud and which stay onsite.

Hyper-convergence combines all the cloud capabilities you need

In the hyper-converged cloud, technology providers bundle computing, storage, networking, and virtualization resources in a single, software-driven architecture. Hyper-converged cloud technology can be managed systematically, using just one set of tools. Nodes can be added to extend the functionality.

Hyper-converged cloud infrastructures save companies much of the work of implementing and integrating separate technologies and enable them to realize the benefits of the cloud sooner. Many companies are adopting hyper-convergence as the most efficient way to get their private, hybrid clouds running and realize their advantages.

Cloud security is better than ever

The public cloud has never been more secure than it is today, and it continues to improve. Both real and perceived differences in the security of cloud compared to on-premise computing continue to shrink. As a result of aggressive R&D backed by large investments, cloud security standards are becoming more stringent and reliable, and groundbreaking threat detection and response technologies are rapidly turning into proven solutions. The IT managers in many companies have quickly learned how to best protect their applications, data, and resources in the cloud by combining security functionality provided by their cloud service providers with tools they choose to implement on their own.

On the Microsoft Azure cloud, you can flexibly define the security policies you want to apply to your various subscriptions, using best-practice recommendations. Powerful analytics and global threat intelligence help you understand and address potential threats before they can affect your cloud resources.

In implementing strong security, it also helps companies that Microsoft and its partners are maintaining a productive, compelling user experience that does not suffer from limitations imposed by increased security measures. As a result, you see companies move enterprise applications such as ERP, PLM, logistics, service management, or CRM into the cloud with a high level of confidence.

Many To-Increase solutions are available to complement Microsoft Dynamics 365 on the Azure cloud, and others are rapidly going through the update and certification process. You can rely on our technical and business expertise to help you create a powerful, scalable cloud infrastructure that can support your business for years.

If you are planning to move business-critical workloads to the cloud, it pays to take the time to plan what you want to accomplish and how you would measure success. It’s less a question of what’s possible, and more of what’s the best way to meet your requirements.

Bjorn works for To-Increase innovation to make sure customers are always happy. To-Increase partners play a key role in making customer-centric solutions a reality.