Where Infrastructure-as-a-Service is Headed in 2017

Where Infrastructure-as-a-Service is Headed in 2017

IaaSWhether you embrace Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) with trepidation or enthusiasm, it is nearly impossible to ignore the potential it has to offer. IaaS continues to grow and change, and letting it gain a foothold in practically every major industry.


In 2017, expect to see IaaS involving into an even stronger solution. So, whether you haven’t taken the leap into choosing an IaaS provider or were an early adopter, here are some potential upcoming developments that make the investment even more worthwhile.


Increased Service Provider Commitment


While some enterprises have been chomping at the bit while waiting for an opportunity to migrate more of their mission-critical workloads to the cloud, the lack of strong service-level agreements have held the transition back. However, as the demand for services grows, expect service providers to begin filling this space.


If they add the option to deliver higher levels of control to the clients they serve, then you can expect businesses to push even more to make the transition. Once a major market player decides to increase their official level of accountability, a move we very well may see this year, there will be very little reason not to embrace the idea of migrating more fully.


Dedicated Enterprise Cloud Providers


IT budgets typically include higher line items for cloud services today than any other year. Additionally, the amount of funds being directed towards internal infrastructure, including large-scale data centers, is falling dramatically. But, that hasn’t made the traditional enterprise data center entirely obsolete on its own.


What is likely to shift how business views their data center is increases in the area of enterprise-level IaaS providers. As these providers create solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of companies that have traditional had to rely on their own data centers, larger organizations may shift more of their operations into the cloud. Likely, the transition will be slow due to the sheer size of projects such as these, but once a few service providers position themselves to meet these needs specifically, the migration will begin.


Reversing the Security Argument


Established IaaS providers are starting to demonstrate their clout when it comes to implementing tight security. At the beginning of the cloud solutions movement, security was often what help people back from migrating. Now, the evidence that some of the sector’s major players are truly adept at securing client data, people may migrate as a way to increase their level of protection.


Cloud service providers have access to resources that just aren’t present in most business environments, allowing them to create layers of security that simply aren’t practical at the company level. That means the cloud is actually becoming a safer solution that maintaining certain information in-house.


Additionally, Security-as-a-Service, or SECaaS, is seeing significant growth, and may integrate well with those who choose IaaS options for their operations.


Improving Digital Development


Concepts like agile and DevOps fit in with cloud services. IaaS provides access to storage and processing capabilities well beyond what most in-house development infrastructures can provide. This allows more businesses to develop solutions that may have been initially out of reach. Machine learning and artificial intelligence can grow as IaaS provides strong resources than what were previously available.


This means we may see significant technological advances as a result of increased capacity. And that means the impact of IaaS may be larger than anything we imagined before.

Nathan Weatherford

Nathan is in charge of Marketing & Business Development at VocalPoint Consulting. Launching new marketing initiatives, planning for events, meeting with clients and providers is all part of the job.

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