Skip to main content


4 Trends Shaping Cloud Strategies

Cloud computing has helped many enterprises transform their IT practices over the past decade, turning an otherwise nuanced way of computing into a normalized strategy. With cloud having shown its strength, there are still other trends driving long-term adoption. According to a Forrester Research survey, 38 percent of enterprise decision-makers said they are building private clouds, with 32 percent procuring public cloud services and the remainder planning to implement some form of cloud technology this year. The hybrid cloud is also heating up, with 59 percent of respondents saying they are adopting the model.

There are numerous options on the market, including IBM’s own cloud platforms in Bluemix and Softlayer. In this blog post, we examine the trends leading to increased adoption and explore why these trends are important going forward.

  • Trend #1: Co-Location Services Adoption is Rising: With most CIOs looking to cease running their own data centers but uncertain about which cloud horse to bet on, many are turning to co-location services. allow CIOs to move their systems to managed data centers, where they benefit from convenient connectivity to various public cloud and SaaS services. These systems allow CIOs to move their systems to managed data centers, where they benefit from convenient connectivity to various public cloud and SaaS services. As agility and switching between platforms become easier, co-location services will increase in popularity.
  • Trend #2: The Rise of Containers: The use of containers, which enable developers to manage and easily migrate software code, has blossomed of late and is something we discuss often on this blog. Many companies are using them to enable portability between cloud services from their cloud platform of choice as they build out their DevOps strategies. While there will always be a need for security and best practices, containers allow organizations to go light while maximizing their innovation interests.
  • Trend #3: Enterprise Application Hosting: Several companies are hosting enterprise applications in AWS, suggesting that CIOs have become more comfortable hosting critical software in the public cloud with the increase in security and better SLAs. Hosting software in the cloud also means an acceleration in business results since many cloud platforms have complementary business intelligence tools.
  • Trend #4: Application and Data Migration: Some companies are also seeking to refactor apps to run on public cloud systems, leveraging migration services, rather than simply dumping existing apps into a public cloud. The optimum option to move an application is to rewrite it to take advantage of cloud’s elasticity and allows organizations to gain the maximum TCO from their application investments.

Migrate to the Cloud

Are you looking to get into the cloud? Send us a message at and talk to one of our specialists for a consultation today. Download our hybrid cloud guide below for even more best practices around adopting cloud solutions.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Albert Qian

Albert Qian is a Marketing Manager at Perficient for our IBM PCS, DevOps, and Enterprise Solutions Partners focused on cloud computing technologies.

More from this Author

Follow Us