Today, Digital Transformation has empowered even the small and medium-sized businesses at a faster rate, and we witness a greater impact of the technology touchpoints.
Accordingly, the Datacenter strategies for enterprises are getting reshaped and, Cloud-Computing is becoming the must-have technology.
The impact of Cloud computing is global as several enterprises are adopting it.
In 2018, it is expected that it will cross the 50% adoption milestone.
The cloud applications and services are bound to change the way of competition in acquiring the customers and delivering their services.
As per Forester’s research, the global cloud market would reach $178B in 2018 against $146B in 2017. The Public cloud platforms are anticipated to generate $44 billion by 2018.
And the technology giants like AWS, Google, and the Microsoft would capture 76% of all cloud revenue platform in 2018 and 80% by 2020.
Some of the trends any strategic business would prefer and implement in the forthcoming year 2018 are predicted as below.
The growth of infrastructure and platform as a service [LAAS and PAAS] has paved way for expansion in the number of cloud solutions both in the private and public sectors as well. And, more organizations will plan to take the advantage of the high-performance and simplicity the cloud guarantees.
As per the survey on cloud services from Cisco, 2018 SaaS solutions will account for 60%; PaaS solutions witness 5% growth, and IaaS solutions are all set to increase.
However, after witnessing the growth in 2017, there is every chance that a higher level than the prediction could be achieved.
The businesses that intend to simplify the operations, make an easy access to the customer will aggressively move towards integrating SaaS, IaaS, and or the PaaS.
Cloud services will no doubt be a de facto part of the business. As a result, the service providers are compelled to bring in more data centers online with larger-capacity storage. The estimated storage capacity in 2018 is 1.1 ZB.
Thus, the businesses with big data will use the increased space to store their large data, and the small businesses can have bespoke storage options at lower prices as compared to 2017.
People today are dependent on mobile devices like the smartphones in order to access the Internet, know about the businesses, purchase items, and so forth. Gartner research says that the number of IoT devices would be at least 20 billion by 2020.
Evidently, the cloud will play a significant role as cloud-based personal storage drive is necessary to save the various files created across the personal mobile devices even for music, images, or the videos.
As the amount of data generated keeps on growing, consumers expect better Internet connections for faster access and storage. As the Qualcomm Snapdragon’s work is gaining speed, it would help us to reach 5G capabilities and LTE speeds.
It is quite obvious that the enhanced network quality will lead to high-responsive and fast-loading services or the apps. Moreover, the IoT industries will also benefit from a faster network so as to upgrade their SaaS, PaaS, and other platforms. And, they are able to deliver data in real-time in an efficient manner.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are already influencing the cloud computing. The tech-giants like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, and, the IBM have geared up to drive their business growth with these techniques.
Though the technologies are at its early stage, the statistics emphasize that it will revolutionize the future of cloud computing.
Cyber attacks created history in 2017. It is going to continue and 2018 may see individual and state-sponsored attacks. This will compel the businesses to invest more in tools like the security management.
Cloud services from a managed security service providers will be on demand. The businesses that may not be able to implement completely on security measures can easily rely on cloud service providers offering robust services.
Several businesses are getting tied up with multiple cloud providers through APIs on platforms. Thus, they rely on the cloud to cloud connectivity as they are able to sync cross-functional and multi-disciplinary process and data management.
Likewise, a few enterprises retain on-premise solutions and also adopt cloud-based solutions through customization as per their business needs.
The main reason that could be attributed to this hybrid phenomenon is security. It is undeniably agreed that on-premise network is still better to manage the data flow. Another reason is that the cloud is costly, time-consuming, and migration still remains as an issue for some enterprises.
Edge computing or data processing at the network edge is gaining traction as a result of increased usage of Internet-connected devices. Moreover, it streamlines the traffic flow from IoT devices and provides real-time data analysis.
So, Edge will become necessary for 2018 and expected to increase.
Cloud containers provide a better infrastructure security. They act as an alternative to virtual machines and facilitates deployment of apps in a reliable, consistent and straightforward manner at a faster rate.
In a nutshell, Cloud adoption will continue at a faster rate in most of the market segments. However, in case of enterprise segment, the adoption may be slower as compared to market segments owing to security issues. The CXOs may take a cautious approach in adopting private or the hybrid cloud.
And, cloud providers need to work on security, performance, and management of cloud-based solutions.
Moving further, it is high-time for the IT Professionals to enhance their IT Career with Cloud Computing.
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