The cloud is everywhere. By 2020, industry analysts project that the market cap for large public cloud providers will exceed $500 billion by 2020. Adoption trends continue to skyrocket. All in all, it’s readily apparent that the cloud is here to stay – and it’s bringing some unexpected changes to the tech landscape.

Personnel problems

Traditionally, security has been the number-one challenge of moving to a cloud environment. Now, according to a survey conducted by RightScale, lack of expertise across the board is becoming a more prominent problem in the industry. Thirty-two percent of the industry experts surveyed stated that this was a top issue for the cloud, a full 3 percent higher than the vote for security.

This is concerning, because as the cloud market continues to expand, so too does the demand for industry professionals who can develop, deploy and manage these kinds of cloud infrastructure. If the pool of expertise available to these companies remains stagnant, the discrepancy can only increase further. Compounding this problem is the lack of other important resources, including budget.

RightScale’s report indicated the top priorities of the central IT team where it comes to cloud computing, according to ZDNet contributor Joe McKendrick:

  • 29 percent of executives believe that IT departments should leverage hybrid cloud.
  • 27 percent view public cloud deployment as essential.
  • 23 percent task central IT with the management of private cloud environments.

With all of these responsibilities placed on the shoulders of central IT teams, it’s crucial that resourcing is addressed to give them the tools necessary to succeed.

The future of the cloud depends on industry experts, but there is a lack of resources in this area.The future of the cloud depends on industry experts, but there is a lack of resources in this area.

Changes coming to the vernacular

Even as expertise issues continue to plague the cloud marketplace, ZDNet contributor Eileen Yu noted that industry experts are tracking a shift in how IT infrastructure is referenced. Hybrid cloud deployments are still popular and thus enjoying accelerated levels of growth, with the RightScale report noting that 71 percent of organizations now employ a hybrid cloud strategy, as opposed to last year’s 58 percent. However, organizations are also starting to realize the advantages of migrating only some of their data to the virtual realm.

“I sense even the term hybrid cloud is approaching a use-by date,” said Bob Hayward, KPMG’s managing director of the Asia-Pacific Centre of Excellence for IT Leaders in Singapore. “If anything, I’m hearing more about hybrid IT. As public clouds, private clouds and community clouds are adopted, the ‘old’ IT environment is rarely completely replaced.”

“Organizations are starting to realize the advantages of migrating only some of their data.”

Therefore, Hayward went on to say, it’s becoming popular to combine software-defined infrastructure, legacy IT systems and cloud environments – public and private – into one comprehensive hybrid strategy. In the near future, we may see a falling away of terms like “hybrid cloud” as more organizations follow this path toward an IT environment that integrates legacy systems with cloud infrastructure.

The continuing emergence of the cloud has led to several transformations within IT. The takeaway? As these kinds of hybrid architectures become the norm, and central IT teams have more on their plates with the move the cloud environments, it’s critical that companies have the right kind of professional expertise on hand.