The future of data management is in the cloud, according to Gartner. The tech consulting giant’s experts believe that the dawn of a “new cloud-based ecosystem” is here.
In fact, Gartner researchers have predicted that enterprise spending on public cloud computing will overtake traditional IT spending by 2025. The company’s research vice president Michael Warrilow said in a recent press release:
“The shift to the cloud has only accelerated over the past two years due to COVID-19, as organizations responded to a new business and social dynamic,”
“Technology and service providers that fail to adapt to the pace of cloud shift face increasing risk of becoming obsolete or, at best, being relegated to low-growth markets.”
But what does all this mean for data management?
The rapid adoption of cloud computing has driven enormous strides forward within data management, offering major benefits for both organisations and their customers.
For minimum upfront costs compared to a traditional data management setup, it offers flexible and highly scalable solutions. It provides consistent and uninterrupted data access, wherever the data resides.
Other key benefits include:
- Better accessibility and opportunities for collaboration
- Greater security compared to on-premises deployment, as cloud solutions are backed by automatic security updates
- Customisation to meet specific organisational needs
- Integration with other cloud services and multiple data sources, both on-premises and in the cloud.
Of course, there are downsides for organisations to bear in mind. Cloud data management often involves limited control over the service, and businesses may be locked into using a particular vendor. Internet outages can also lead to costly periods of downtime.
What’s next? Looking to the future of cloud data management
So, what can we expect to see in the field of cloud data management in 2023 and beyond? Experts such as Krishna Subramanian from Komprise Intelligent Data Management have a number of predictions. These include rising demand for simpler cloud data management tools, to bridge the persisting skills gap in this area. In a recent Spiceworks article, he says:
“The learning curve can be steep as cloud providers are constantly revamping their offerings. Meanwhile, no cloud is the same, and complexity grows in this age of hybrid, multi-cloud deployments.”
“Increasingly, these tools are becoming easier for IT generalists to use, giving them the ability to run automatic assessments of their data, network and infrastructure footprint with recommendations as to which actions to take next.”
Another key trend to watch out for is cloud analytics, which is expected to become a core component of unstructured data management. In a recent Komprise survey, it was found that 65% of organisations are planning to deliver unstructured data to their big data analytics platforms – or they’ve already started doing so.
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