Now that cloud services have become part of IT’s “new normal,” it seems obvious that the approaches and tools we use to manage IT would also evolve and mature, though the pace of evolution varies amongst companies, of course.

According to a Website Magazine articlereferencing a Gartner survey, more than 55% of CIOs indicate they would host all critical apps in the cloud by 2020. Cloud services use cases can vary greatly, but often hold common themes around converting traditional application to SaaS or adding disaster recovery to your existing datacenter with DRaaS.

As we head into 2015, here are three key areas to keep an eye on:

  • New definition of what security looks like in the cloud
  • Convergence of backups and recovery
  • Containers will disrupt everything about hybrid cloud, cloud portability and resource consumption

Now, let’s take those concepts and dive further as we explore the upcoming cloud landscape:

Approaching security from a platform perspective will require everyone to rethink security complexity and how to approach security. Taking an agent-based approach guarantees an out-of-the-box hybrid cloud capability, and a single dashboard to see the security across everything at once—be it private, public or on-prem—provides visibility and transparency at an application-level.

Companies like Illumio are changing everything about how we approach security in a hybrid world and redefining what works. By providing a simple, agent-based approach users can view a clear map of running services matched to actual activity.

The convergence of backups and recovery will force the market to redefine the role of each technology, more strongly force integration of products and force businesses to redefine budgets and possibilities in the coming year. We’ll begin to expect backups to be more quickly recoverable and available in the same ways recovery provides availability for entire applications and environments. Recovery technology will make backups better, as recoverable backups become the new expectation.

We’re seeing both backup and recovery vendors already integrate this approach. Veeam has added cloud-native capabilities to its backup technology for DR, and Zerto has added backups to its cloud-based DR product for additional protection.

Containers have the potential to disrupt cloud technology. If you haven’t heard this phrase yet, this is really an extension of the concept of a virtual container, for example, VMware’s virtual datacenter, or vApp, taken to a whole new level of programmability and portability. Containers refer to products like Docker and CoreOS that are designed to self-contain individual applications and allows the containers to have their own APIs.

So far, a number of mega clouds like VMware vCloud Air, Google, Azure and AWS have already announced their support of companies like Docker and that trend is expected to continue in 2015.

We’re gearing up for another exciting year in the cloud industry and these are just a few core ideas that I believe we’ll see take flight and takeover focus this year.

What other trends do you see taking hold in cloud for 2015? Do you agree or disagree with these assumptions?

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