Trilio Data is sharing its 2018 predictions.

2018 Will be the Year of the Hybrid Cloud

Enterprises are increasingly adopting the cloud for data management and the hybrid cloud, the use of both private and public clouds, is heading the same way.  According to a SUSE survey, hybrid cloud strategies are growing faster than private or public cloud, with 66% of respondents expecting hybrid cloud growth to continue, compared to 55% for private cloud and 36% for public cloud. Additionally, MarketsandMarkets estimates that the hybrid cloud market will grow from $33.28 Billion in 2016 to USD $91.74 Billion by 2021, at an annual growth rate of more than 22%.

“Organizations evaluating cloud solutions have traditionally been concerned about data privacy, security, and sovereignty and private clouds were seen as the way to address these issues,” said David Safaii, CEO, Trilio Data. “But if there are data security concerns, enterprises should use the security method that makes the most sense, and will increasingly seek out hybrid or multi-cloud approaches. This approach maps performance, data protection, and cost to each workload.”

GDPR Changes the Face of Data Storage and Protection
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will serve as a catalyst for enterprises investing in data governance, and change the face of data protection as we know it. With the impending May 2018 GDPR deadline, companies are seeking out next generation data protection solutions to replace or fill in gaps. This is happening regardless of their current solution and use of legacy deployments. As public clouds become riskier options under GDPR, this will further bolster interest in hybrid cloud.

“Gartner estimates that fewer than half of all organizations affected by GDPR will be in full compliance by the end of 2018,” said Murali Balcha, CTO and Founder, Trilio. “While GDPR will call for seismic shifts in how businesses manage their data, it may take seeing a non-compliant organization receive a blockbuster fine for some to really take action.”

U.S. Adoption of OpenStack Accelerates
OpenStack has become a popular and strong alternative to traditional IT service delivery models for large enterprises worldwide. An OpenStack User Survey released earlier this year found that while overall adoption of OpenStack has dramatically increased, sixty-one% of users and 74% of their deployments are physically located outside of the United States.

"We will continue to see strong growth of OpenStack in international markets, but 2018 will be the year we see an accelerated uptick in U.S.-based OpenStack deployments," said Balcha.