2015 Marks the New Chapter in Cloud

2015 Marks the New Chapter in Cloud

As the use of cloud solutions increases, both business and IT leaders are recognizing that the safety and success of their business depends on their finding ways to take full advantage of cloud innovation while also ensuring consistent service levels. IDC expects 65% of workloads moving to cloud will be determined by security and compliance requirements that will favor hosted private cloud delivery models. In addition, the emphasis on IT service management and driving DevOps adoption for enabling agile and flexible business operations is increasing.

"Cloud buyers will witness significant change in their application landscape and their vendor ecosystem. This implies that the time is ripe for cloud technology players and service providers to up the ante in order to stay relevant," says Mayur Sahni, senior research manager, Cloud and Services Research. "The 'need for speed' of LOBs and the requirement, therefore, from IT to be quick to respond to LOB requirements to stay competitive in their addressable market, will be facilitated by much easier provisioning capabilities through a host of APIs and migration tools. Winners in this marketplace will be those that provide tools that control the way business processes and application services connect to each other," adds Chris Morris, AVP, Cloud and Services Research.

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
Chapter 1.0 of Cloud (2009–14): Vendor-, Technology-Driven
Chapter 2.0: Cloud for Business
Future Outlook
Prediction #1: By 2016, 65% of Enterprise IT Organizations Will Commit to Hybrid Cloud
Enterprise IT Organizations to Have More Than 10 Cloud Providers
Prediction #2: By 2017, Demand for Applications Based on IoT Concepts Will Mandate Hybrid Cloud Services to Become the Dominant IT and Business Service Delivery Model
Prediction #3: Hybrid Cloud Environments Will Expose Deficiencies in Service Management
Leading to Significant Investments in Tools for the Management, Automation, and Consumption of Externally Managed Services as Alternatives to On-Premises Deployment
Prediction #4: Off-Premises IT Service Delivery Will Reach 50% of Customer Workloads by 2016
Driven by Improved Maturity and Capability in Cloud Offerings That Are Targeting Complex Workloads
Prediction #5: APIs for Cloud Services Management Will Become a Critical Selection Criterion
APIs not just a Feature, Rather a Key Differentiator in Mature Markets, from 2015 through to 2017
Prediction #6: By 2015, 65% of Selection Criteria for Enterprise Cloud Workloads in Global IT Markets Will Be Shaped by Compliance with Data Privacy Legislation
Prediction #7: OpenStack Will Become the Standard SKU for Private Cloud in 2015, and for Hybrid Cloud by 2016
IDC Believes that 2015 Is the Year that OpenStack Will Emerge in the Region as a Viable Cloud Platform
Prediction #8: By 2017, IT Buyers Will Actively Channel 20% of Their IT Budgets Through Industry Clouds
To Enable Flexible Collaboration, Information Sharing, and Integrated Commerce
Prediction #9: Cloud Partnerships with Infrastructure Players Will be Forged in the Crucible of Desperation
More than 1/3 of Existing Channel Partners Will Fail on their Promises to Principals
Prediction #10: Micro and Functional IaaS Will Rise
60% of SaaS Applications Will Leverage New Function-Driven, Micropriced IaaS Capabilities by 2018, Adding Innovation to a "Commodity" Service
Essential Guidance
CIO Guidance
In the Short Term (0–12 Months)
In the Medium Term (12–24 Months)
Vendor Guidance
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Related Research
Figure: Comparing Chapters 1 and 2

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