Cloud computing technologies have changed the way both small businesses and large enterprises operate. Cisco Global Cloud Index has recently stated that global cloud IP traffic will quadruple by 2020. As more businesses are becoming open to the idea of moving their services to the cloud, you can definitely look forward to better utilization of cloud resources this year. Here are some of the top cloud computing trends to watch out for in 2017:
Hybrid Cloud Services Continues to Increase Rapidly
More and more businesses are shifting their services to the cloud these days. However, larger enterprises that have made significant investments in onsite IT infrastructure may not find this a financially-viable solution. Well, not immediately. For now, these companies tend to move part of their operations to the cloud. This is one of the factors that’s driving the development of hybrid cloud services, and is enabling businesses to take advantage of the scalability that cloud computing offers. What’s more, hybrid clouds can protect critical data from third-party vulnerabilities.
Hybrid cloud development is expected to face several challenges, including application incompatibilities and integration. With that in mind, some public cloud providers are concerned about the lack of common APIs and management tools. Regardless, public and private cloud services will become more widely used as there is a need to meet the rising demand for hybrid cloud services.
AI and Machine Learning are Gaining Prominence
The next cloud computing trend to watch out for is the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning. IBM, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google are among the top players that have already introduced AI and machine learning-based cloud services. For example, Microsoft has offered more than 20 cognitive services and Google launched a new set of AI-based cloud computing services. Sure, AI and machine learning are still in their infancy stage, but expect them to shape the future of cloud computing platforms in time to come.
Businesses Continue to Opt for Containerization
There’s a surge in the use of containerization, and this is one of the cloud computing trends that will continue to rise. This is happening because they have the ability to make data storage and management processes more efficient and portable. What’s more, the costs are lower and they offer a substantial level of flexibility and scalability. In 2017, you will notice more containers being deployed to solve real-world business problems as well as develop micro-services.
Cloud Security Takes Precedence
As mentioned, an increasing number of commercial enterprises have chosen to move their services to the cloud. Some of the companies involved in this move are from industries such as healthcare and manufacturing. With such organizations migrating to the cloud, cloud security will surely need to stay one step ahead. As there’s a growing need for security to be treated as a fundamentally basic utility, experts believe that more cloud computing technologies are beginning to offer robust security features from this year onwards.
Acceleration of Migration to Cloud-Based Infrastructure
Recent studies have shown that cloud migration will reach peak momentum in no time. Experts have found out only less than 45% of companies, especially large businesses will continue to rely on traditional IT infrastructures in 2018. As you can see, migration to the cloud is going to happen faster and in greater numbers. If your business has not tapped on the potential of the cloud yet, it’s time to talk to our cloud experts today and find out about the benefits you can yield.