ESG's Edwin Yuen provides his thoughts and predictions on Systems Management, PaaS, and DevOps for 2018.
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Hi, I'm Edwin Yuen, ESG Analyst for Systems Management PaaS and DevOps, and today, I'd like to go over my 2018 predictions in these areas.
Just like we had in 2017, we're going to see continued growth in how systems management approaches hybrid cloud, and how large vendors also approach hybrid cloud. What we're seeing is really two primary approaches. First is what we call the infrastructure-up approach. We focus on the infrastructure and then extend into cloud management. A good example of that is actually the VMware cloud on AWS, and how it extends vRealize into AWS. Second, we're seeing some cloud-down approaches, which is really focusing on the cloud side and extending it into an on-premises model. We're seeing that very well with Azure Stack, and also the recent announcement between Google and Cisco HyperFlex. The thing that you should know is that we're not seeing a convergence between those two models. We're fundamentally, probably, going to see a very divergent model with solutions with either an infrastructure-up or a cloud-down model, and not management that tries to straddle or operate within both areas.
My second prediction is, 2018's going to be the rise of multi-cloud, especially for companies that don't have their own hyperscale cloud. Any company that doesn't have their own hyperscale cloud needs to be multi-cloud unless they decide they're going to stay in one niche area, that they're only going to focus on one cloud to support and make products for. But, what does multi-cloud really mean? Does it mean a hybrid-like situation, where it's on premises and off premises? Can it be multiple public clouds? Can it be a mixture of both? We're actually conducting research that will be out very soon that's going to answer these questions. And, the research is actually going to answer the next big question that needs to be resolved in 2018, which is, "What do I get from multi-cloud? Okay, I can connect to multiple cloud providers, but what exactly do I get out of it, what is the benefits, and how do I leverage it to really run things better?"
The third prediction I'm going to make is really about the growth and the resolution in terms of container management. Right now, there's lots of different container management options. We've been talking about Kubernetes and Docker Swarm, and many other solutions, and we're seeing a lot of traditional management vendors also addressing the container management issue. But, I think, within 2018, we're going to see the maturity of the production use of containers, and we need to see that production use maturity in order to drive what the needs for management are, and then that will drive what the solutions are going to be. I expect that, by the end of 2018, we're going to see a pretty good understanding of what the default needs for container management are and what the leading vendors are going to be.
I hope that you enjoyed this 2018 predictions video, and look forward to more videos from myself and other ESG analysts.