It’s that time of year when IT industry analysts and experts dust off their crystal balls and peer into the future to see what lies ahead for the technology industry. Cloud computing continues to be a sizzling hot topic as enterprises are increasingly moving to the cloud, and there is no shortage of outlooks or opinions on how the cloud will continue to evolve next year.

For example, last week Forrester Research released a new report, Predictions 2018: Cloud Computing Accelerates Enterprise Transformation Everywhere, which takes a look at the top 10 factors that will impact the cloud computing landscape in 2018. According to the report, “In 2018, we’ll cross the significant 50% adoption milestone, and cloud applications, platforms, and services will continue to radically change the way enterprises compete for customers.”

In this InformationWeek article, columnist James Connolly talks to Forrester analyst Dave Bartoletti, one of the authors of the report, about his views on the cloud market. Here are a few of the trends outlined in the article that Bartoletti says to watch for in 2018:

  • A focus on developers breathes new life into private cloud.
  • Cloud applications and development platforms drive culture transformation.
  • Cloud security will become integrated with, and integral to, cloud platforms.

Bartoletti also states that “The cloud is no longer about cheap servers and cheap storage. Cloud today is about innovation.”

We couldn’t agree more. Many enterprises are well into the adoption phase and the cloud truly is a game-changer when it comes to innovation and the ability to create software faster. This is the dream of all companies and we’ve seen this trend among our own customer base as well.

However, there are risks associated with turning up access to the cloud to a large population. For example, with hundreds of developers able to access Amazon Web Services (AWS), ensuring security, compliance and governance can be a challenge for IT managers.

Many enterprises already have a suite of tools that they have used to manage traditional infrastructure. These tools can play an important role in securing cloud infrastructure, but often leave gaps that frustrate IT pros and leave companies open to security and compliance risks. Provisioning systems, like Ansible, combined with infrastructure as code software, like Terraform, help solve some of these challenges but often still fall short of provided comprehensive and universal compliance and security governance. These gaps often lead companies to pull back from the dream of delivering full self-service access to public cloud services.

So, what does all of this mean for the future of innovation?

There has to be a balance between giving developers the freedom and convenience of spinning up their own servers and services, while also maintaining the security and governance of this cloud infrastructure.

DivvyCloud enables an agentless platform that delivers policy-driven automation for public and private cloud infrastructure. DivvyCloud empowers developers and engineers to innovate and simultaneously protects the corporate IT directive to deliver security and compliance. With our multi-cloud platform, developers have the freedom to choose which clouds are best suited for their company’s needs without IT having to develop policy automation and compliance solutions for each cloud.

Our cloud automation tools take the burden off of the IT department by automatically monitoring cloud infrastructure and automating the enforcement and remediation of issues in real time. These virtual “guard rails” provide a pervasive set of security, compliance and cost governance that complements and integrates with existing systems, like Ansible and Terraform, to ensure that cloud infrastructure is well governed.

As we head into 2018, DivvyCloud is well poised to help our customers embrace the cloud computing trends identified by Forrester. If your company wants to be at the forefront of this innovation, contact us by clicking here. Or, you can also find us in Booth #1502 at AWS re:Invent, November 27 – December 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, where we’ll be demonstrating the latest version of the DivvyCloud platform.