Predictions For Cloud Data Management In 2018

By Penny Gralewski

What will 2018 hold for cloud data management? More use of multi-clouds as large data assets move to cloud storage? A larger focus on cloud computing? A data discovery that changes the face of medicine? Until we know for sure, let’s explore some predictions of how cloud data management may change in the next 12 months.

Prediction 1: More budget for cloud computing. In the 2017 Executive Cloud Survey, 87 percent of surveyed IT leaders said they plan to increase their cloud computing budget in 2018. What’s important is how those firms protect their cloud investments.

Data protection and data recovery has never been more important than today when ransomware or human error may jeopardize your data in the cloud. The cloud computing budget has to include a line item for cloud data protection.

Prediction 2: A renewed focus on staff training – especially around developing skills that translate to the cloud. In the 2017 Executive Cloud Survey, 65 percent of surveyed IT leaders said developing talent and acquiring staff skills was a barrier to moving more data, apps and workloads to the cloud.

Now is the time to help your team be prepared for cloud with training and professional development. There is so much flexibility for free and paid online training, how-to videos, reference architectures and in-person training events/conferences. IT leaders need to help staff develop the skills to prepare the business.

Prediction 3: Multi-cloud will diversify, while IT streamlines management tools. IT budgets will likely be shifting from spending money on duplicate management systems – like legacy data backup, data recovery or disaster recovery point products – to instead diversifying their cloud storage options.

Many surveys show IT teams managing data in more than one cloud. They need to be able to move, manage and use that data across clouds. With the public clouds racing to create more and better services, features and capacities, it’s no surprise 81 percent of IT leaders surveyed reported being concerned or very concerned about missing out on new advancements related to cloud.

Prediction 4: ISVs, channel partners and global system integrators will be more active in developing strategies for enterprises to move large volumes of data to cloud. Many organizations have moved large data sets and workloads to the cloud, but other organizations are struggling.

In the 2017 Executive Cloud Survey, 68 percent of surveyed IT leaders said the volume of data to move was preventing progress in moving more apps and data to the cloud.

With support for large data storage options like Amazon Snowball, the Commvault platform can help to speed data migration. Your partners and GSIs are critical to help develop strategic plans for cloud data migration, including databases, workloads and applications.

Planning your 2018 Cloud Data Management strategy

You can plan for inevitable changes like these that will affect your cloud data management strategy. Start with exploring helpful cloud data management resources and then have a conversation with Commvault about your 2018 priorities. We look forward to connecting with you on cloud data management in 2018.

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