Security and multi-cloud top cloud provider expectations for year ahead

In many ways, say experts, 2017 was the year of the cloud. So what do sector stakeholders see for the year ahead?

Jeff Rowe | Jan 09, 2018 12:00 am

It’s one thing to read predictions about the future from analysts, but it’s another thing entirely, at times, to hear direct from your peers.

In a recent “looking forward/looking back” piece at CloudTech, writer James Bourne reviewed the year gone by, then asked among cloud stakeholders for a sense of what the industry is expecting in the year just begun.

For example, said Ross Mason, founder and VP product strategy at MuleSoft, “2018 will be the year that self-serve IT goes mainstream, as organizations look to become more agile by decentralizing IT and empowering internal teams to drive more of their own innovation. One approach that will gain increasing popularity centers around IT creating an API marketplace, where the wider business can easily discover and reuse IT assets and capabilities.

Meanwhile, Rich Campagna, CEO at Bitglass, opted to issue a bit of a warning. "Organizations tend to adopt security measures in a reactive fashion,” he observed. “With the cloud's rapid rise to prominence, many enterprises still fail to close cloud security gaps. Even among informed, cloud-first firms, it is inevitable that a new vulnerability will be exploited in 2018 that will trigger a frenzy to secure data-in-transit, regardless of how that data is being transmitted.

“In the near future, data transmitted via API may find itself on systems or stored in apps that are vulnerable. Even if an enterprise has secured one cloud app, other connected apps may be readily exploited.”

On a more strategic level, Issy Ben-Shaul, CEO and founder at Velostrata, a cloud provider, predicted, “the majority of enterprises that will migrate to cloud at scale will employ a multi-cloud strategy. More specifically, they will split their production workloads across more than one public cloud.”

For one thing, he noted, industries such as healthcare can be “mandated to have an alternative cloud to run on. Others just want to make sure they can switch in case of security breaches, outages, or other issues that might affect a specific cloud.”

Similarly, Amit Gupta, VP of product management at CloudPassage, expects that “as enterprises continue to adopt public cloud solutions, they’ll develop diversified cloud policies. Multi-cloud will be a key design requirement for CIOs and CISOs.”

Echoing Rich Campagna, Gupta also pointed to security concerns, noting “unified security standards will be paramount, as few enterprises will want separate security solutions across clouds. . . Enterprises will look for comprehensive security solutions across multi-cloud environments in an attempt to future-proof their security. Point security solutions have reached the end of their usefulness.”