Last year, Forrester, a U.S. consultancy, predicted that businesses would begin modernizing their core business with cloud computing in 2019, and that the transformation had indeed begun. In 2019, IBM completed its acquisition of Red Hat; Some unexpected new alliances are also beginning to emerge:
Oracle partnered with Microsoft to establish a high-speed link between Oracle Cloud and Azure, and VMware introduced its Cloud Foundation to Google Cloud. The landscape of cloud vendors is constantly expanding and changing. Which side will win the cloud computing battle in 2020?
According to Forrester, the public cloud market, including cloud applications (SaaS), development and data platforms (PaaS), and infrastructure (IaaS) services, will grow to $299.4 billion in the new year and reach $5 trillion in the next few years. This market is maturing. Today, 65 percent of businesses in North America rely on public cloud platforms, while 66 percent run on-premises private clouds.
Here are three key points in the Cloud World Trends Forecast for 2020:
Alibaba may overtake Google, IBM and Oracle to stay familiar. IBM and Oracle will not exit the hypermassive public cloud market, currently dominated by AWS, Microsoft, Google and Alibaba. IBM is committed to helping businesses modernize their core business applications by using Red Hat’s OpenShift development platform on the cloud. Oracle will focus on its SaaS and Autonomous Database products, while Azure will use common cloud development services such as AI/Machine Learning, Kubernetes/Containers, IoT, and other emerging innovations. Alibaba’s global cloud platform will surpass Google’s to $4.5 billion in revenue, but it will remain in third place in North America because of alibaba’s lack of market share in the region.
Open source cloud native development will focus on service mesh and serverless. Hundreds of open source projects and vendors are competing for developer attention in the cloud-native development ecosystem, and in 2020 there will be a fierce battle. Last year, Kubernetes won the container orchestration battle and launched a number of new commercial products. As for Service meshes, it promises to provide greater interservice networking, visibility, and security. At the same time, serverless ness opens up new programming models that are completely abstracted from the infrastructure. Istio now stands out in the service mesh space, and Knative is a reliable serverless choice , both of which are likely to be used by enterprises as part of a cloud-native development platform.
Cloud managers must and will address cloud security issues. AWS’s Capital One vulnerability has raised concerns about the cloud management challenge of protecting applications and data in an increasingly hybrid cloud world. Super-scale cloud leaders will invest more in native security products, while cross-cloud management providers will have to purchase, build, and/or gain security capabilities that go beyond identity and access management. Some security actions have emerged in 2019, when VMware acquired Carbon Black to inject security into its cloud management, virtualization, and container products.
Overall, global public cloud leaders will have more alliances and will re-examine their core strengths by 2020; leading business application vendors will abandon their proprietary infrastructure; high-performance computing will take off; and many cloud-native development ecosystems will provide a service mesh and serverless computing; in addition, cloud managers will shift their focus to security after a public cloud data breach.
The original forecast report:
Predictions 2020: Cloud Computing Sees New Alliances And New Security Concerns