The cloud isn’t just a white puffy mass in the sky, and it’s not just a storage tool for businesses anymore either. One look at cloud computing trends tells you what you need to know – businesses are now looking to the cloud as a means to accomplish their business goals.
For example, at least half of IT spending will be cloud-based in 2018, reaching 60% of IT infrastructure and 60-70% of all software, services, and technology by 2020.
So much for storage. Here are seven cloud trends to keep your eye on in 2018.
1. Wild Growth in Cloud Solutions
With cloud computing on the upswing, wouldn’t it make sense that cloud-based solutions would follow close behind?
Software as a Service (Saas) opened the door for businesses to try early cloud solutions. These days, SaaS will continue to take the trophy for most-deployed cloud service on the market, all across the globe.
While its sister branches, Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will also grow, their growth is predicted to be more modest in comparison to SaaS.
2. Hybrid Cloud Solutions
There’s not just one type of cloud computing anymore. And it’s not even just about the four key types of cloud computing – private, public, community and hybrid.
These days, hybrid cloud solutions are taking the center stage in cloud computing trends.
Let’s take a look at two of them.
Cloud to On-Premise Connectivity
Most businesses retain on-premise solutions. Which makes sense because there are some data and security solutions that you just feel better about having on site.
In the new wave of cloud-based computing, plenty of these on-site solutions will be retained. With new cloud-based solutions added to them, heavily customized based on a business’s wants and needs.
Why? Well, for starters, when it comes to security, you’re still better off with an on-premise system. Plus, many businesses have been out of the loop with cloud computing for so long that the cost of migrating everything is too expensive.
Instead, it’s a mix-and-match solution.
Then, for the more technologically inclined, there’s cloud-to-cloud connectivity.
Think of it this way.
You’ve got all that business data in the cloud, right? Except, if something’s going on with the provider, you can’t get to any of it.
Businesses don’t particularly like that.
That’s why many cloud providers are opening up APIs on Platforms to connect multiple cloud-based solutions together.
3. Multifaceted Use of Cloud Storage
The cloud is getting cheaper, but it’s also getting smarter.
Doesn’t it make sense that we’re starting to use the cloud for other things?
There used to be just expensive and not necessarily reliable traditional cloud storage.
These days, there’s crowd-sourced cloud storage.
This is a good option for people who want to take advantage of the cloud’s benefits but would rather keep the cost on the low end of things.
Cloud Cost Containment
If the cloud is growing and getting more use, that means the costs are going to rise with it. Which is why cost containment is so important.
Using strategies along the lines of crowd-sourced storage, this will help keep the benefits of the cloud more open to the general population while keeping it affordable for the general population.
4. Increased Storage Capacity
We couldn’t talk about cloud computing trends without talking about storage capacity, could we?
Storage was one of the founding attractions of cloud computing. And as cloud computing grows and becomes more and more central to the way we do business, storage space will have to grow at a rate that matches it.
And this will leave a lot more space for businesses to take advantage.
An easy example is big data. Companies that work with large data sets that tend to bog down their systems could use this increased space to store data, perform analytics, and so much more.
5. The Internet of Everything (IoE)
2017 was the year of AI and the Internet of Everything (IoE). There’s no turning back now.
What does this have to do with the cloud?
Well, if the ultimate goal of IoE is to simplify all machine-to-machine and human-to-machine interactions, then the cloud technology plays a significant role in allowing humans to interact intelligently with every device on the network.
6. The Serverless Cloud
What’s one problem you can picture with the cloud today?
It’s on a server. That server can get slowed down, hacked, or just fritz for little apparent reason.
Enter: the serverless cloud, which will allow developers to run software and services using all the benefits of the cloud without simultaneously having to manage the cloud’s server system.
It dramatically simplifies the time and effort needed to maintain the system, makes it easier to distribute updates, and thus allows developers to make smarter use of cloud technology in real time.
7. Enhanced Internet Quality
As the cloud and cloud computing trends skyrocket in the direction of more more more, it bears the question: how do you handle all of these services while retaining decent Internet?
By improving the quality of the Internet, obviously.
We see this in the amount of data that will be generated in the coming years. The simple task of retaining all that data is enough to bog everything down. So it only makes sense that the next logical step for developers is to make a strong push toward full 5G networks to improve computing speed.
Making Sense of Cloud Computing Trends
Let’s be real: technology changes all the time. It gets confusing, especially when you’re trying to figure out how to make the most of it for your business.
So it helps to have a bit of backup on the subject.
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