Journey of the public cloud and what it means for Azure going forward


Posted by Faustine Ladeiro-Levent about 2 months ago

Public cloud services are big news in the IT marketplace, to such an extent it can be easy to forget they are still a relatively new addition to the scene.

It was in the late 2000s when large public and private cloud providers arrived on the scene, and growth has been significant ever since.

A recent post on MSDynamicsWorld gathered opinions from cloud experts about the journey the public cloud has taken over the last decade and what it means for Microsoft Azure in 2020 and beyond.

Here’s a summary of those insights.

Andy Lipnitski, IT director at ScienceSoft: Cloud expenditure will continue to overshadow data centre spending as we move into 2020. Microsoft Azure will see greater income as new customers migrate to the cloud, drawn by the promise of deployment agility, configuration flexibility and the freedom to infinitely scale business infrastructure.

Blair Hanley Frank, ISG technology analyst: Hyperscale cloud providers can be more efficient with their server use, bringing hardware costs down. At the same time, businesses want to lengthen their hardware lifecycle when planning cloud transitions so are looking to curtail hardware spending.

Sean Roberts, general manager of public cloud at Ensono: With more companies adopting a multi-cloud strategy, bigger players are realising they can’t own all the workloads. Microsoft’s Azure Arc allows customers to bring Azure to any infrastructure and we can expect it to expand its offering further over the coming years.

Adam Mansfield, practice leader at UpperEdge: Companies are wondering less: Is the cloud viable for our business? and more: How can we use the cloud to boost efficiencies, productivity and analytical capabilities to stay ahead? Or are our data centres secure enough? And how can we use more of the cloud for our platform and applications? Many companies are choosing to answer these questions with Microsoft Azure.

Ricky Mehta, GTM and strategic alliances program manager at Radware: Azure’s partner-centric solution ecosystem allows organisations to deploy like-for-like partner technologies in their cloud environments. Rather than a perimeter differentiating on-prem architecture from the cloud, Azure’s architecture landscape has made for a boundless perimeter between premise and cloud.

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