With cloud adoption on the rise, and with so many cloud technologies and consumption models now available, the question for all size businesses is how to best leverage cloud solutions to accomplish business objectives. And, many will be asking questions like:

  • How can we deploy cloud applications rapidly and cost-effectively?
  • Is a private, public or hybrid model right for our business?
  • How do we monitor cloud consumption?
  • How can we secure cloud technologies and data in the cloud?

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With these questions and others in mind, here are three some top trends to watch in 2017:

Hyperconvergence Picks Up Steam: Hyperconverged infrastructure offers integrated IT functions like computing, networking, virtualization and storage. With this integrated infrastructure serving as a foundation, organizations can eliminate IT siloes and deploy workloads to the cloud more rapidly, making it an attractive approach to organizations looking to employ a more robust cloud strategy in 2017.

Focus on Cloud Security Increases: Cloud solutions can help organizations be more agile; reduce IT costs; stay current with new feature releases and realize a host of other benefits. But the cloud also presents security challenges that many businesses are still trying to get their arms around, such as data-level security, unmanaged traffic, regulatory compliance and application security. Organizations—particularly those that employ a large remote workforce—will look to mitigate these cloud security risks moving forward, meaning the cloud security market will grow in 2017 and beyond.

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Closer Eye on Cloud Cost: One of the most common reasons organizations deploy workloads in the cloud is to reduce costs. But lower expenses are far from a guaranteed result. Many businesses have learned the hard way that if they are not careful and make mistakes—like leaving cloud instances running when they are not being used or failing to right-size capacity needs—they can run up hefty cloud consumption bills. In 2017, IT professionals will continue to develop and mature best practices—and in some cases turn to service providers for guidance—for cloud monitoring, and ensuring they realize the cost savings that make cloud computing such an attractive option.