During the initial days of cloud computing in the enterprise, there was prediction after prediction made of a winner between public cloud vs. private cloud and even of specific cloud platforms within those environments. However, it’s becoming abundantly clear that all those arguments were wrong-headed as we enter 2019. In fact, everyone won, and everyone lost at the same time. Which of those early prognosticators would have ever guessed that Amazon would offer a version of Amazon Web Services (called AWS Outpost) in 2018 that a company could run on Amazon-branded hardware in the company’s own data center/private cloud?
It should be noted that there’s no single cloud computing solution that works for everybody. Public, private, and hybrid combinations all have their place. Within each of those groups, different platform options all have a role. Although Amazon currently leads overall cloud computing, Microsoft’s Azure, Google’s GCP (Google Cloud Platform), or IBM, Oracle, or SAP cloud offerings might all make sense depending on the type of workload or other requirements.
Regardless of where or by whom it’s being hosted, the real winner is the cloud computing model. Cloud computing has changed expectations about performance, reliability, and security. Additionally, the DevOps software development environment it inspired and the container-focused application architecture it enabled have radically reshaped how software is written, updated, and deployed. This is the reason for companies shifting their focus away from the public infrastructure-based aspects of cloud computing and moving towards the flexible software environments it enables. This has led them to recognize that leveraging multiple cloud types and cloud vendors isn’t a weakness or disjointed strategy, but actually a strength that can be leveraged for future endeavours. In 2019, cloud platform vendors are expected to work towards more interoperability (and transportability) of workloads across different platforms, making it clear that the multi-cloud world is here to stay.