Gartner’s Predictions for Cloud Computing and Edge Infrastructure Outlook

In today’s digital-first world, where enterprise infrastructure is constantly evolving and changing, infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders need to make adaptation and protection one of their top priorities.

The number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices is doubling every five years, so the security risks they pose must be mitigated. The use of cloud computing is exploding, enterprise applications are migrating to the public cloud, and organizations are increasingly adopting cloud-native deployments. The adoption of edge computing is accelerating as hyperscale cloud providers develop solutions to distribute cloud capabilities closer to the edge.

Based on a few key predictions below, IoT leaders must be ready to operate anytime, anywhere.

// Isolated or segmented campus network devices provide greater resilience to cyberattacks

Gartner predicts that by 2029, more than 15 billion IoT devices will be connected to enterprise infrastructure. Enterprise, guest, trusted and untrusted devices all pose risks to the business if I&O leaders cannot properly coordinate when and how these devices are connected.

IT organizations often find IoT devices on their networks that are not installed, secured or managed by themselves. Hackers can break into these devices in just three minutes, while organizations can take six months or more to discover a vulnerability.

Bring together the entire enterprise organization to agree on a common device connectivity governance structure. Without this, IT organizations may lose control over cybersecurity. Create a device authentication process for all devices that must pass authentication before any device can connect to the corporate network. Please involve and contribute to cross-functional teams, not just IT.

By segmenting or isolating devices, you can make your business less vulnerable to cyberattacks. In fact, between now and 2023, businesses that take this measure will reduce successful cyberattacks by 25%.

// Cloud deployment is accelerating

Nearly all respondents to the 2020 Gartner Cloud Computing End-User Buying Behavior Survey said their organizations plan to maintain or increase IT spending on cloud computing over the next 12 months.

The rapid pace of innovation in cloud infrastructure and platform services (CIPS) has made the cloud the de facto platform for new digital services and today’s traditional workloads. That’s why by 2023, 40% or all enterprise workloads will be deployed in CIPS, compared to just 20% in 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a realignment of cloud strategies. Collaboration, mobile and virtual desktops are rapidly moving to the cloud to enable secure distributed workforces. Disaster recovery and scaling applications that benefit from cloud elasticity are now one of the top considerations for cloud migration.

John McArthur, senior research director at Gartner, said:

IT leaders need to develop a cohesive, scalable and forward-looking cloud strategy to fully realize the business value of cloud. Make sure that the strategy adapts to the latest industry trends in cloud-native platforms and distributed cloud services.

// Edge computing solutions will be wiped out in the next five years

Edge computing platforms are software and hardware that enable secure zero-touch distributed application and data processing computing architectures at or near the edge.

With centralized cloud hosting management and a growing portfolio of general-purpose cloud and edge capabilities, hyperscale cloud providers are able to meet broader computing needs near the edge. By the end of 2023, only 20% of installed edge computing platforms will be delivered and managed by hyperscale cloud providers (up from less than 1% in 2020).

Edge computing addresses a number of growing needs, including reducing latency, handling growing amounts of data at the edge, and supporting resilience after network outages.

McArthur said:

Edge computing is broad enough to support many submarkets, but it will shrink from supporting thousands of custom patterns to just a few dozen. Cloud providers will play an important role or complement edge solutions throughout the edge migration process. Enterprises must prioritize distributed cloud-based solutions as the default solution and rely on partnerships and ecosystems rather than one vendor to enable future edge solutions.


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