Cloud computing has caused business leaders and organizations to completely re-imagine how they approach their IT resources. The cloud isn’t simply a cost to manage anymore. It’s a vital, strategic part of any business operation aiming to meet consumer and employee expectations.
What can we expect from the cloud in 2019 and beyond? Here are six trends you should know about.
Accelerating cloud adoption
Cloud services are growing exponentially. For example, KPMG estimates that platform-as-a-service (PaaS) adoption will take a substantial upturn in market share from around 32% in 2017 to 56% in 2020. PaaS lets customers launch, manage, and develop apps simply and effectively, and it’s estimated that PaaS will become the fastest-growing cloud service platform.
Naturally, as businesses turn to the cloud for their computing needs, solutions and services emerge to meet new challenges and consumer demands.
Quantum computing progress
Cloud technology is edging us ever closer to the ultimate quantum computer, according to experts. Quantum computing lets us store, manipulate, and process data in a whole new way. With quantum computing, we can solve complex medical problems, properly direct resources like emergency services, and answer previously unanswerable questions.
Experts see the cloud as a path into quantum processing. The growth in cloud computing, therefore, increases our chances of unlocking this incredible new technology. The race toward developing the ultimate quantum computer will continue.
Cloud computing is now so popular that many businesses adopt the model without fully appreciating the associated security challenges. Companies are moving their data to the cloud, and it’s estimated that around 83% of businesses will run their services from either public or hybrid cloud platforms by 2020.
Business leaders must understand how cloud computing makes their networks vulnerable to cyberattacks if they don’t establish, maintain and update effective security measures.
Furthermore, with the development of rigorous data protection laws, such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), businesses must ensure that they remain fully compliant with evolving standards and rules to avoid hefty fines and reputation damage.
Internet of Things (IoT)
The IoT principle relies on cloud computing more than ever before. IoT hardware, such as cars and household appliances, are increasingly using the cloud to store information, remember users, and communicate activity.
We estimate that, as these devices become more mainstream for multitasking and automation at home and work, cloud technology will evolve to respond to increased demand and integration requirements, as well as privacy concerns.
Connecting clouds and cloud services makes it easier to manage security issues and find remote computing solutions that support your unique business goals. What’s more, interconnecting services encourages providers to work together and collaborate. This is how a landmark technology, like quantum computing, may be possible.
As cloud computing grows in popularity and complexity, we expect the technology and techniques for managing inter-connectivity to become more sophisticated and powerful.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
There’s already a huge market now for AI development platforms. We can expect to see all cloud services becoming more sophisticated as a result, which is great news for developers, programmers, consumers, and businesses alike. Expect to see more productivity and service innovations such as chat-bots, voice-enabled technology, and automated delivery.
At the same time, demand for high-performance hardware capable of facilitating an AI environment will grow to support increased consumer and commercial applications.
Cloud computing in the future
The cloud has evolved from a simple storage solution into a strategic approach to technology delivery that organizations rely on for growth and competitive advantage. As cloud computing increasingly shapes the way we do business, company leaders need guidance to harness the seemingly endless potential of the cloud to meet operational goals and satisfy customers.
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