With the accelerated growth of cloud computing which will peak in the following period, businesses across the globe are presented with an opportunity to operate better and serve their customers more efficiently. Such a staggering growth rate is an indicator that this year will be all about smarter usage of the cloud resources, and that the upcoming years will most likely follow this trend.
Having in mind the growing tendency of enterprises to opt for cloud computing, let’s take a look at a few expected trends that we will witness among larger corporations, as well as smaller businesses trying to get ahead of the game.
1. Data Security as a Priority
Despite the growth rate and the preference for cloud among large enterprises, a significant number of companies still wonder over the security level of cloud servers. They are prone to look for tried and tested methods in safeguarding their sensitive information, so their reluctance is fairly understandable. At this point, the risk of jeopardizing their data is higher than that of sticking to a slightly slower IT infrastructure.
However, experts in the field, such as Scott Chasin have pointed out the safety benefits of using cloud services, both in terms of lowered financial costs and more agile technology at their disposal. Not having to worry about outdated hardware or lack of storage to hinder the business’s operability will contribute to greater utilization of cloud options in terms of security services.
2. The Rise of Artificial Intelligence
The most prominent leaders in the industry have already integrated machine learning and AI into their cloud-related services. Amazon, IBM, Google and others started leading us into the age of using cognitive abilities of systems to analyse and process data in an intelligent way, in order to speed up and simplify communication among businesses using the cloud.
Businesses depend on the results from data analysis, and finding ways to always be one step ahead is what makes or breaks a company, so these industry giants have found a way to offer their clients a competitive edge. The application of AI and machine learning for the cloud is still in early stages, but has shown great potential to change the direction of the industry and has opened a whole new well of possibilities for growth.
3. Hybrid Cloud
Due to high costs of cloud computing for large enterprises, small and medium sized companies still reap the greatest rewards from switching to cloud. However, this opens up a window of opportunity for cloud computing service providers who can now think of ways to simplify the integration of existing IT systems within large corporations and their cloud systems.
That is why hybrid cloud systems are becoming more popular among large businesses, before they can afford a complete and seamless transition to the cloud. Although challenging, this is still popular for safeguarding data from potential breaches, while still using the numerous advantages of cloud systems at their disposal.
As any eCommerce business knows well, you need to register your domain and ensure PCI DSS compliance, as it is the foundation of a secure transaction. And as a large portion of online vendors have migrated to cloud computing, there is an increased need for demonstrating the ability to retain the same compliant, secure behaviour as with the standard IT systems.
Overcoming this issue and maintaining a high level of cybersecurity will be possible through automated compliance and security solutions that will enable an eCommerce business to operate safely. Authorities that serve to protect your data will on the other hand be more cautious and apply stricter fines in case of any data breaches.
5. Cloud Containers
Another crucial step in the evolution of cloud computing is the increasing usage of containers to achieve greater portability, efficiency and flexibility. Their features allow them to operate with minimal resources, meaning that they do not need an entire OS, just enough to work with, and that allows a server to deploy twice as many containers than virtual machines.
Their scalability and simplicity makes them one of the most desirable options of cloud computing, so businesses will continue to use them to improve their services.
To sum up, cloud adaptation is expected to accelerate even further in 2017 and attract various businesses whose main goal is to improve their service providing abilities and gain the upper hand over their competitors.