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Top 5 Cloud Trends in 2020
Cloud computing is growing , and it is already a fact that cloud usage is now an IT standard. Over the past few years, the rise of the cloud has transformed business technology and tech infrastructure in countless ways.t
We have compiled a list of the top 5 cloud trends in 2020 that will shape the future of cloud in the short- and long-term.
1. Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Solutions
Hybrid/multi-cloud computing refers combined usage of a private cloud with a third-party, public cloud service. This configuration offers workload transfer flexibility between private and public clouds in two different computing environments.
Unsurprisingly, hybrid/multi-cloud is expected to grow to a whopping $97.64 billion by the year 2023. Microsoft, Amazon, and other tech giants have made substantial investments in hybrid/multi-cloud computing as a product. Namely, the benefits of hybrid cloud computing include robust security, improved and consistent server reliability, customizability, and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) capabilities.
Cloud management needs without specific platform or infrastructure have paved the way for a hybrid and multi-cloud computing surge. Businesses are looking for the right solution for a specific task. In fact, the on-premises systems may not even be on the cloud or the system may be too unwieldy to be adapted.
Enter the hybrid and multi-cloud systems. In 2020, this emerging trend decreased business concerns of being stuck with a single cloud vendor. They are instead embracing hybrid or multi-cloud offerings that provide required and flexible solutions.
Estimates show that a quarter of mid- and large-tier organizations will have adapted to hybrid or multi-cloud computing. These predictions indicate that 2020 was a year for great acceleration in the shift towards hybrid/multi-cloud.
2. Serverless Architecture
A serverless architecture entails that there are no barriers present in a traditional IT infrastructure. Therefore, cloud users no longer have to rent or purchase servers for running their data. Instead, third-party handles this process.
Serverless computing provides a host of benefits. These include easier operational management, reduced costs and liabilities, zero system administration, and a superior offline experience. Furthermore, serverless models have a “pay-as-you-go” system that allows true flexibility and gives companies more autonomy in choosing their cloud-hosting costs.
Since 2019, serverless computing went from being a novelty to near-omnipresence due to its cost-effectiveness. The next step is likely meeting business function needs through an app store or marketplace for serverless computing. The result is a completely fresh approach to applying IT to businesses.
3. The Kubernetes Revolution
Kubernetes is a management tool introduced by Google and maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The open-source system automates deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Accordingly, the system groups containers that transform an application into logical units for easy search and management.
Numerous cloud services offer a Kubernetes-based platform or infrastructure as a service (PaaS or IaaS). This technology will play a critical role in reshaping the global economy. Removing cloud barriers has also shaped discussions amongst developers of cross-cloud unity as a viable option.
As companies strive to stay ahead in a highly competition-driven market, Kubernetes continues to be an important cloud infrastructure trend from 2020.
4. Further Automation in Hybrid/Multi-Cloud Settings
IT environments around the globe grow and evolve with more complexity. As such, they present new challenges for IT service providers and IT departments to ensure smooth operations.
Enterprises increasingly seek ways to manage complexities of using multiple on-premises, public and private clouds from different vendors. Therefore, this make-or-break issue will determine the future of hybrid/multi-cloud strategies. Automation is the main solution to this issue. Moreover, it can tame the related complexity of using hybrid/multi-cloud systems. Clearly, tools that incorporate AI into cloud systems will be on the rise in 2020.
Several tech giants have already implemented AI solutions for processing Big Data and revitalizing business functions. AI can also help cloud computing platforms significantly increase their efficiency. Therefore, organizations can now automate and manage all their cloud processes more efficiently and quickly.
With time, automation capabilities will be combined with a comprehensive dashboards that present a holistic picture of the company’s cloud operations. This feature will become increasingly important in an IT administrator’s toolkit.
Automation tools can also aid IT teams in managing costs, as well as, fine-tuning and putting appropriate workloads in the right places. Furthermore, they can assist IT teams to oversee security issues like keys and encryption methods.
The AI model certainly allows for easy scaling of operations and adapting to different needs in the changing business environments.
AI is another major trend in cloud computing supported by an IBM study that showed 65% of organizations believe AI is crucial for their strategy and success.
5. Advanced Security Features
Initially, costs were the main focus of companies for cloud adoption. However, security is at the forefront of concerns these days. Increasingly, cloud consumers view security as their most important criterion for selecting a cloud vendor.
Business ventures don’t want to depend on third-party solutions. Subsequently, companies without a comprehensive security solution in-house will need to make an external purchase. As a result, companies are making security a priority and acquiring modern security stacks.
For instance, Microsoft has already bought Blue Talon earlier this year to revamp its data security and governance. In fact, Google has done the same by acquiring Chronicle, an affiliated company in Alphabet.
Plus, there is no shortage of startups that can help cloud providers develop a complete portfolio of native security features.
We have listed just some of the major trends in cloud computing for the year 2020. These trends are likely to continue in the next few years. With exponential developments in this area, surprising and unexpected trends may be on the horizon.
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