2019 Predictions: AIOps, Cloud Migrations, Hybrid Apps … Oh My!

By Len Rosenthal, Chief Marketing Officer, Virtual Instruments

Virtual Instruments 2018 PredictionsLast year on our blog, we offered a variety of predictions for the IT industry in 2018. Now we’d like to take some time to reflect on what really happened last year, and see what’s in store for us in 2019. Some of our predictions may surprise you!

AIOps Meets Reality

One technology increasingly hitting the headlines lately is AIOps, Gartner’s category name for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning-assisted operations. If 2018 was the year of aggressively marketing these technologies, 2019 will be the year of cutting through the hype and revealing their true value when actually applied in a meaningful manner. This is crucial, as organizations are slowly but surely understanding that AIOps may not be the “easy button” they initially thought it was.

Adoption of AIOps technologies didn’t pan out the way IT vendors may have anticipated in 2018, and that tends to happen when the “solution” really isn’t a solution at all, but rather an incremental feature or capability that’s dressed up by buzzwords and marketing-speak. However, with organizations becoming more savvy about combining real-time monitoring with AIOps in 2019 and beyond, buying decisions will shift and the adoption of true application-aware AIOps will emerge in 2019 – resulting in more successful deployments of the technology.

“Cloud-First” Becomes a Thing of the Past

It became abundantly clear in 2018 that organizations now know they need the cloud, but many still don’t know what that really means in the context of their business. We had several conversations with customers in 2018 that amounted to, “we know the cloud is essential, but we don’t know what we’re trying to achieve with it.” In the past few years, one of the ways this thinking has manifested has been through a “cloud-first” strategy: the concept that for any new IT project, the first instinct should be to think about how the application could be moved to and run in the cloud.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with a cloud-first strategy. But what does cloud-first really mean? Does it mean moving all your workloads to the cloud? Or simply focusing on cloud for new projects, particularly customer-facing applications and services? Today we’re witnessing our customers starting to take a more balanced approach to cloud, having evolved their own internal private clouds to be elastic and cost competitive. Their strategy may be cloud first, but not necessarily public cloud first. In 2019, we’ll see a more pragmatic approach to the cloud, supported by intelligent workload placement decisions.

Applications Remain the Sun in Organizations’ Universes

In late 2017, we predicted that IT managers were going to move away from the “hybrid data center” and finally realize the reality of the “hybrid application” – the concept that there are multiple components to a single application, living in different data centers and on different infrastructure types. And in 2018, we saw that prediction of an increased focus on applications come to pass, as organizations increasingly made buying and deployment decisions based on the unique needs of their applications.

It’s become clear that not only do an organization’s applications drive the business, but they actually are the business. As we move into 2019, the application will continue to be the focus of the conversation, but it will also evolve to be the central driver of IT, both from a workload placement perspective and from an operations management angle.

To dive into these predictions further, check our articles in VMblog and APMdigest, and as always, feel free to connect with us on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.