Verticalization, managed services and sustainability to drive cloud trends in 2023

No matter how reliable their sources, IT analysts’ technology adoption forecasts are fundamentally interpretive – opinions based on the data received. This is especially true when it comes to predicting deployment trends in tomorrow’s cloud market.

Cloud service providers’ predictive insights, meanwhile, are informed by direct interactions with customer IT teams experienced in projecting their organizations’ technology needs.

“Forecasting cloud needs has become a core skill for IT strategists,” said Oscar Garcia, global vice president of strategy and technology at NTT. Garcia’s role positions him well-positioned to take a look at cloud trends for 2023, including changes in the areas of cloud verticalization, large-scale edge computing, SaaS management and sustainability. from the cloud.

First, the rise of cloud platforms pre-built for an industry or sector reflects the continued adoption of multicloud in high-value organizations.

“When organizations want ‘horizontal’ clouds tailored to an industry, reengineering is needed to prepare the cloud for that industry’s requirements, such as core services and compliance,” says Garcia. “It results in duplicate efforts.”

Increasingly, organizations want pre-configured clouds for necessary compliances, says Garcia: “Clouds with industry-specific features don’t need to be configured from scratch every time, which simplifies cloud integration. They save time and money and have built-in continuity with the standards of a given industry.

Large-scale edge computing is gaining momentum

Cloud trends are rarely attributable to a single driving force. Take the demand for managed hyperscale edge computing services, which Garcia advises for estimable growth.

“Companies across industries are increasingly looking to distribute their workloads,” Garcia reports. “This drives a need for distributed computing and storage that brings instantaneous response times to the edge.”

Associated benefits include reduction of data processed in centralized clouds. This avoids network latency and other operational overhead. It also improves data security by limiting its exposure on networks.

“Edge as a Service options enable the implementation of edge networks, operations, and computing that deliver real-time automation and processing,” adds Garcia. “Unified operating models simplify operations and allow IT managers to focus on business imperatives.”

SaaS Management Services Request

The number of companies having outsourced the management of their applications is on an upward trend which will increase until 2023.

“The need for SaaS management is a result of enterprise workloads moving to SaaS applications and the emergence of new complexities associated with this delivery model,” says Garcia. “SaaS solutions are precisely priced. When cost leaks from poorly managed SaaS solutions come to light, it can come as a shock. »

Another reason more and more organizations are outsourcing their high-level application monitoring and management is to free up their IT expertise to focus on technology-driven business initiatives, Garcia adds.

Measurable cloud durability

Another trend for 2023 will be the desire to improve cloud sustainability.

“While moving to the cloud doesn’t automatically make an organization’s IT greener, the cloud can create conditions that make transformation possible,” says Garcia. “That means transforming IT to be more environmentally efficient, but also transforming business through IT, using IT to drive positive change in the organization.”

NTT strives to provide a “sustainability budget” that quantifies sustainability in the form of values ​​rather than direct costs.

“When we provide correct operational sizing to change changing CPU utilization, or projected storage requirements, or other compute parameters, we scale the budget outlay from a potential change to an impact on sustainability,” says Garcia.

IT decision makers may not always recognize sustainability metrics presented as quantitative methodological benchmarks, but they will respond to financial metrics, adds Garcia: “They may say, ‘Well, that’s not the least expensive, but it provides the best durability’ result’. They can then apply an ROI value. So if it’s 10% more expensive, say, that 10% will be an investment in improving the position sustainability of their organization.

How Multicloud as a Service Can Help You

Even the best managed cloud environments can be complex, and multiple clouds bring multiple complexities. A Business Impact Brief from 451 Research found that this complexity is driving organizations to ask service providers to implement effective multicloud management.

No service provider is better qualified to meet this requirement than NTT. Their multicloud solutions address these complexities from infrastructure to edge. It’s still the cloud as you know it, but simplified, more connected, and delivered as a managed service.

Find out how NTT Multicloud as a Service can help you get the most out of your strategic cloud investments.

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