Majority of discussion forums in India consistently discuss digitalization and there have been numerous examples of enterprises that have already adopted the same to some extent in the age of cloud. Major industry verticals that have been contributing to cloud growth are banking and securities, utilities, manufacturing, communications, and media related services.

Cloud as an optional resource is a thing of the past with nearly 75 percent organizations committing to implement diverse strategies of cloud computing such as public and private clouds according to a survey by Veritas. 

Massive growth of data generation and accelerated growth in shifting of workloads to cloud by multiple organizations would make it very interesting to see how the innovation and development of business function would be supported by cloud in the near future. Following are some of the most significant factors associated with cloud computing that may impact organizations in 2017.

Accelerated Pace of Public Cloud Adoption Set to Gain Further Momentum

In 2016, the business landscape witnessed shifting of enterprise IT functions to cloud by many enterprises. In the New Year 2017 the trend will be more pronounced in terms of frequency as well as numbers. In response to a large chunk of data being positioned in cloud, there will be need manage such data in terms of greater and reliable uptime, governance, and security.

It is also expected that the organizations will have to look for effective tools to help them derive meaningful information from the available data. This will encourage developers to design user friendly data analytics applications.  

Growth in Adoption of SaaS (Software as a Service)

Faster adoption of SaaS based cloud hosting solutions than public cloud is a global phenomenon. In the year 2017, Software as a Service will command a larger share enterprise software market since large number of enterprises and organizations will be planning to consolidate their cloud oriented business functions and enterprise IT policies.

Cloud vendors that will be offering support to enterprises for implementing this overwhelming shift and with equal capabilities of facilitating both scenarios will be one up in 2017.

Gain Competitive Edge with Better Ability to Comply with Information Governance  

Fresh regulations that are going to impact globally are already in place. These are designed to strengthen and integrate data protection. The most notable regulation can be cited as European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR. It will be essential for organizations to ensure compliance with the latest privacy and protection regulations. 

The year 2017 will witness growing focus on compliance as well as governance in addition to accelerated adoption of cloud computing and shifting of more and more data to cloud. In the light of this a new differentiating factor is sure to emerge in the form of information governance tools. 

This will prove to be an extremely important competitive advantage for enterprises. It will also require organizations to bridge regulatory gaps concerning their businesses. This will help customers gain more robust protection of their sensitive data. 

Consistently Emerging Technologies

The current scenario of emerging technologies including software defined storage will be evident in 2017 as well. Contrary to the common understanding that there will be mitigation of storage needs of businesses due to cloud adoption, enterprises will have to acquire abilities of holistic management of storage according to real needs of business. 

This will include management of uptime, responsiveness and costs. The emerging software defined storage technologies will be used to design customizable solutions to manage data across their hardware resources. This will also help integration of onsite as well as cloud based storage strategies. 

Need to Accept Hyperscalers’ Existence

There is need to accept the significant roles that are going to be played by hyperscale companies including Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. These organizations are pumping in huge investments into market forcing traditional IT vendors learning to live in coexistence. 

In 2017 the volumes of data in disparate formats and from diverse sources are going to exponentially rise. This will underline need to invest in technology that will be able to integrate with cloud as well as hyperscale companies. This will pave way for potential benefits including less downtime and enhanced potential for new innovations. 

Growth in Global Data Center Space

In response to the growth in cloud computing adoption by organizations across the globe, vendors are busy creating new data center facilities to address the huge demand and customer preferences. It is observed that new data center buildings are coming up in particular geographical zones. 

This is exclusively being done for ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and data sovereignty regulations. In 2017 we will be witness to dawn of data centers, availability zones, and new regions It is already announced by Google that it has plans to double its presence in cloud regions in very near future. 

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