Cloud computing in 2018

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An eventful 2017 will lead to an even more frenetic 2018, according to several Global Knowledge subject matter experts. Many of our major tech trends and predictions for the coming year are direct results, and sometimes fallouts, from major market-shifting surges in cloud implementation, cyberattacks and Internet of Things (IoT).

From networking to project management to cryptojacking (guard your bitcoin, people!), our experts single out the key trend areas for 2018 and predict how they will affect organizations, individuals and the IT industry.

Multi-cloud management will become increasingly vital

Organizations no longer want to put all their eggs in one basket—that’s why many are shifting to multi-cloud environments. A recent RightScale webinar, Top 10 Cloud Trends for 2018 and Actions You Can Take Now, mentions that companies are using on average at least three different public clouds to run applications and to experiment with development and testing. Different cloud providers who offer different services may align more to your business objectives and desired outcomes. So using Amazon Web Services (AWS) for core infrastructure services, while at the same time using Google Cloud for different application services, has become more of the norm than an anomaly.

As this trend continues, there is going to be a greater need for multi-cloud governance in 2018 and beyond. IT spend is quickly shifting toward cloud so organizations must govern cloud use and optimize cloud spend.

We anticipate tech providers will follow Cisco’s lead and build multi-cloud management tools to help organizations better manage and run these increasingly complex cloud environments.

We also predict a greater focus on resource management, which is critical to maintain the clarity of integration needs across all platforms.

If you are currently or plan to operate a multi-cloud environment in the coming year, Global Knowledge can improve your understanding of these environments.

“Not only are we creating vendor-neutral courses that the market is missing to help architects better understand and design multi-cloud and hybrid cloud architectures, we are an authorized training partner for all the leading cloud contenders,” Global Senior Portfolio Director for Cloud Computing Pete Vorenkamp said.

Check out our offerings for the major cloud providers: AWSGoogle CloudMicrosoft Azure and IBM.


Cost management is the next big ticket for cloud users

Organizations will use the cloud … OK, so that’s not a groundbreaking prediction. But now that cloud adoption has been embraced, what is the next step?

According to Vorenkamp, it’s avoiding waste, and therefore money.

“Cost management and cost optimization are the next big tickets for our cloud users,” Vorenkamp said. “RightScale estimates cloud users are wasting 30 percent of their cloud spend, but in reality it’s probably even higher. This clearly does happen and it’s a mistake that everyone will want to avoid as adoption continues to grow.”

Going forward, organizations—from executives to the frontline cloud services users—will need to understand how the provider’s pricing model and billing work so that they can determine the best way to operate in this highly complex area of cloud.

After companies get a handle on how they’re utilizing the cloud, in relation to costs, they’ll need to get a handle on how to maximize the usage and spend to their advantage to avoid wasting money.

Global Senior Portfolio Director for Cloud Computing

Vorenkamp says this is the year when people will finally be held accountable for the cloud products and services they’re using.

“The first step is usage but costs and billing are areas that need consideration simultaneously and constantly,” he said. “After companies get a handle on how they’re utilizing the cloud, in relation to costs, they’ll need to get a handle on how to maximize the usage and spend to their advantage to avoid wasting money.”

Global Knowledge is currently in development on a vendor-neutral course that addresses multi-cloud governance. The course will focus on managing cloud implementation, application and usage and how it affects business planning, performance and costs.


Cloud implementation has elevated four other IT services, which are here to stay

Several IT services work in conjunction with cloud to maximize the entire IT stack and push business forward. Well, those services have become trends in their own right. And they aren’t going anywhere.

Vorenkamp expects 2018 to be a big year for the following:

  • Containers
  • IoT
  • Serverless computing
  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning

Each will trend for their own respective reasons, but the end goal of these services is to take full advantage of the power of cloud.

“These trends are accelerating,” Vorenkamp said. “They’re here to stay and will impact the internal skills that are going to morph alongside the technology. As technology continues to advance at the rapid rate it currently is, I expect to see more of these services highlighted in the year to come.”

Containers will trend because they enable companies to deploy and run applications more efficiently in the cloud. IoT and machine learning allow companies to capitalize on all of the data being collected and apply the learned analytics without the programming need for developers.

Global Knowledge’s ample portfolio supports all of these services. In terms of containers, we offer Docker trainingthat teaches everything from foundational to advanced techniques. Big players like Google CloudIBM and AWS have courses that cover IoT and machine learning. Vorenkamp also expects to see more serverless computing training as the topic matures.

Global Knowledge is also expanding new agnostic skills training in data sciences, analytics and IoT to help build foundational skills needed to excel.


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