The second cloud wave is upon us, ready or not

I often get asked about the next generation of cloud technology — and most people are disappointed with my answer. The next wave of cloud computing tech is not about a cloud at all; it’s about cloud governance and management.

We’ve spent the last 10 years building clouds and moving applications to them. In the United States, about 5 percent of IT workloads now run in the cloud, but that figure will double to 10 percent quickly — by 2018.

That means we’re approaching a tipping point for moving to cloud, where traditional management and governance approaches won’t work with the number of applications and data stores in the cloud. I think that tipping point is at about 10 percent.

Moreover, most enterprises are deploying not only one type and brand of cloud (a multicloud approach), which adds further complexity — so governance and management become even more important.