2020 is the year of cloud computing. From businesses turning to advanced encryption and secure cloud solutions to protect data in today’s threat-rich scenario to deploying hybrid multi-cloud strategies, organizations are increasingly embracing cloud computing technologies to streamline workflows. In the next few minutes, we will walk you through the emerging cloud computing trends to look out for in 2020.
Multi-cloud and Hybrid Cloud Environments will Expand
In 2020, enterprises are becoming less worried about sticking with one cloud vendor and are becoming more open to adopting a multi-cloud or hybrid-cloud offering where they can get the best out of each solution. Gartner predicts that by 2021, over 75% of midsize and large organizations will have adopted a multi-cloud or hybrid IT strategy.
Businesses preferring multi and hybrid cloud solutions have become fairly common nowadays as this system provides for a flexible and efficient way to migrate workloads to the cloud by boosting productivity and avoiding vendor lock-in in a cost-effective way. And this cloud computing trend will keep growing in the years to come as businesses keep rolling out applications that accelerate the digital transformation of their businesses.
According to Gartner, by 2021, more than half of global enterprises already using cloud today will adopt an all-in cloud strategy.
5G Enabled Edge Computing to Benefit Businesses
Enterprises processing huge volumes of data are reliant on network bandwidth and the cloud provider’s available resources to get the job done quickly. This is where 5G enabled edge computing comes to the scenario.
A cloud edge is a localized datacenter or service point of presence that consists of powerful servers and fast storage. Cloud edge performs the job of offsetting load from applications and many other active jobs that leads to faster processing, lower latency, and rapid data transfers.
Edge computing is already widely used, and the technology implementation is growing considerably. 5G is critical for enterprises looking to incorporate edge computing as part of their hybrid cloud strategies.
5G is extremely beneficial as it delivers higher speeds and broader bandwidth limits enabling lower latency. As 5G-enabled hybrid cloud ecosystems will increasingly take advantage of opportunities to perform computations at the edge.
Another area of cloud computing trending in 2020 is cloud automation. Cloud automation refers to an automated process of configuring, provisioning and managing public, private and hybrid cloud environments instead of doing it manually. In 2020, more and more businesses are turning to automation to help tackle the complexity of managing multiple private, public, and hybrid cloud environments with limited manpower.
The upshot is that cloud-agnostic automated tools incorporating artificial intelligence/machine learning are emerging to help manage such complexities. These cloud automation tools can relieve workflow bottlenecks, cut costs, reduce errors while helping improve efficiency and scalability. 2020 and beyond will witness greater dependence on AI for driving cloud automation as tasks can be completed at a faster pace due to automated routines.
More Focus on Cloud Security Command Centres
One of the most important attributes that come to mind while selecting a cloud provider is security. In 2020, tools will emerge that can uncover security insights and respond to incidents faster through dashboards that help centralize operations.
Technically, this will be beneficial for hybrid or multi-cloud environments as one would need a single dashboard security command center that would be the main foundation for running security operations. And this space is evolving significantly. There is tremendous scope for the development of a single dashboard maintaining cloud security in hybrid multi-cloud ecosystems.
Industry-specific cloud refers to a cloud computing system that has been optimized to address the nuances and specific needs of a given industry, say finance, banking, streaming solutions, etc.
Not limited to streaming service providers and banking, organizations around the globe are rapidly migrating to the cloud that serves the needs of their specific industry. This is driving a growing trend of providing tailor-made cloud service offerings for specific industries. This often applies to target highly regulated industries such as healthcare, finance, and the legal sector.
Industry-specific clouds are beneficial as organizations do not have to deal with the complexities of their cloud infrastructure and architecture. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of adopting industry-optimized cloud computing services is ease of management and administration.
The next level of cloud trends that we are going to see as we move through 2020 is speed application deployments, getting ahead of the challenges of compliance and security, and exploiting hybrid and multi-cloud realities with additive technologies such as edge computing, and more.
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