The advent of microservices is making public cloud a lot less agnostic, according to Tom DelVecchio, founder of Enterprise Technology Research. That's forcing the channel to make important alignment decisions that will impact their practices for years, DelVecchio told attendees of The NexGen 2017 Conference & Technology Expo Monday in Los Angeles.
ETR research makes clear CIOs are increasingly leveraging "the dynamic nature of cloud and containers" to shift their companies to microservices application architectures, DelVecchio said at the conference produced by CRN parent The Channel Company.
And popular microservices solutions are coalescing around the "two-sun solar system" that is Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, he said.
The two leading public cloud providers have become "super stop-and-shops," with microservices stocking their aisles. Solution providers should think about how their partnerships with the two "mega-vendors driving the cloud" will determine "what tribe am I going to be associated with" going forward.
ETR captures large-scale technology spending trends through surveys of thousands of enterprise CIOs, helping customers "navigate those aisles of the new stack."
The company's data scientists have figured out how to hone in on the "predictive CIOs"—those who have shown an aptitude for prophecy. Their input is especially useful in identifying up-and-coming vendors, as well as those poised to decline rapidly, he said.
Fortune 500 CIOs and their development teams have clear-cut reasons for embracing microservices. Breaking up applications into smaller services delivers lower costs, more agility without long-term Capex spending, easier scaling on-demand, and increases the return on investment.
"We're dealing with developer-driven IT," DelVecchio said. "Developers have a say like they've never had before."
The research also makes clear enterprise CIOs are eager to abandon monolithic applications.
"Single-trick solution offerings are being decimated by vendors that offer microservices," DelVecchio said.