Massive Investment in Hybrid Cloud Strategies
There’s no question that data center needs change as business applications change direction or grow. As we look into 2017, I believe we’ll see more companies adopting hybrid cloud strategies. Likely they will look to increase buildouts in multi-tenant data centers that have direct access to public cloud providers.
An even bolder prediction is that 2017 will be the year we see a Fortune 500 company put all of its data exclusively in the cloud. It won’t be a zero to 60 transition; these are companies with a majority of their data already in the cloud. Putting all hats in the ring is an easy choice. We could also see more customers – like financial institutions for example – pull back from public cloud and deploy more private cloud. Having more control over their data is paramount to their business success, and they want their information closer to the vest.
MTDCs Go Their Own Way
Could a multi-tenant data center define its own cloud strategy? This year I believe we will see multiple multi-tenant data centers launch public cloud services. Whether it’s through an acquisition or they build their own public cloud strategy, I see major providers contributing more than space, power, cooling and connectivity capabilities, and offering more commoditized, value-added services they can own and control.
Security Concerns Still Paramount
Companies all over the world will invest millions of dollars more in securing the cloud than they have in years’ past. But hacks will continue. Breaches will happen. Even a recent Deloitte survey says companies are still highly vulnerable to cyber-threats and increasingly ill-prepared to fight them. But they know this, and more work will be done to isolate networks to combat security risks and threats. For example, IoT (Internet of Things) devices can be hacked and used as bots to attack networks. It will happen, but companies will be judged – and spend millions to try and avoid – on how fast those bots will be shut down and destroyed.
Put another way, for the first time, I think we’ll see more people worry less about their physical security and more about their virtual security. Just two years ago, 71 percent of people surveyed by GFI Software thought hijacking of a major service, like a utility for example, is a genuine threat to national security. I’d imagine that number is even higher. Companies that take active steps in securing not only their data – but the people they represent – will be a major undertaking in 2017.