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10 Emerging IT Trends To Watch Out For In 2020

We take a look at some of the biggest trends to follow this year across cloud, data center, networking and mobility.

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Fewer Siloes In The Cloud

Cloud computing is entering a phase of standardization and increased compatibility. Cloud infrastructure—public, hosted private and on-premises—is increasingly less siloed, allowing workloads to be more portable and data streams more mobile. That standardization, largely thanks to the open-source movement, is allowing a shift in focus up the stack, with new channel roles emerging to support application-level processes, from enabling artificial intelligence and high-performance computing, to delivering novel SaaSOps and application development services.

As applications become even more portable, compute cycles easier to procure in real time, data integration platforms streamline connectivity, and vendors form cross-platform alliances, the trend toward multi-cloud might start looking more like an "omni-cloud" in the near future. As a general rule, the largest enterprises may soon be customers of all the hyperscalers and some niche providers, allowing them to take advantage of increasingly differentiated services, specific deals and avoid lock-in.

Meanwhile, Kubernetes has won the day for container orchestration. As such, Kubernetes isn't just bringing a wrecking ball to cloud barriers, but it's also creating an unusual market dynamic. Consider Google's Anthos service, which can run as easily on Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure as it can on Google Cloud Platform. The multi-cloud world appears to be one where not only customer workloads span clouds, but the cloud providers themselves routinely extend into rival territory.

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