Cloud computing has set new productivity benchmarks in the IT industry. Thanks to the cloud's scalability, resiliency, and cost-efficiency, many businesses have been embracing this technology as a mainstream practice over the years.
In 2019, the cloud landscape changed significantly. There’s been a growing battle for cloud computing dominance, with major cloud vendors evolving and shifting tactics. We’ve seen new alliances forged, the proliferation of new high-powered infrastructures, and more open-source innovations. Given these key developments, let’s peer into the future and predict how the cloud will change in 2020.
Multi-cloud becomes omni-cloud
Remember the one-size-fits-all approach to cloud computing? That was five years ago. Today, multi-cloud architectures that use two or more providers across a mix of public and private platforms have become the preferred strategy for most companies. But as applications become even more portable (when data can be stored in a portable storage device such as aUSB drive, or even in the cloud), vendors form cross-platform alliances and build data integration platforms with streamlined connectivity, making omni-cloud a more likely reality.
The omni-cloud experience essentially allows a person to use multiple devices to complete a transaction or activity while having access to the latest version of the data. For example, when you use Facebook Messenger on your laptop and then switch to the app on your phone, you are able to continue the chat where you left off from the previously used device. For businesses, this is important in maintaining and improving user and customer engagement.
Kubernetes will break and blur cloud barriers
Kubernetes was recently a buzzword a lot of people didn’t understand. But in the world of technology, it is known as the leading container orchestration tool today. Developed by Google, Kubernetes provides a platform to schedule and run containers on clusters of physical or virtual machines. Broadly speaking, it helps to fully implement and rely on a container-based infrastructure in production environments in a way that automates many operational tasks. In other words, it is a tool that helps IT make the potential of containers an operational reality.
Businesses select Kubernetes to meet their unique operational needs and capabilities. The container orchestration often then becomes the key element to extending applications across disparate cloud infrastructures, delivering on the multi-cloud premise. This trend isn’t just bringing a wrecking ball to cloud barriers but it’s also creating an interesting dynamic market.
More cloud security acquisitions
Businesses deciding on a cloud provider often require access to a full array of platform-native security tools. Companies that don’t have such tools in-house have to buy them. This is why security has been a major theme over the last year. However, security is such a complex solution these days that there are more gaps to fill. Investing in security will surely continue, if not accelerate in 2020.
Fortunately, there’s no shortage of managed security services that can help businesses to establish native security features onto their solutions.
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Private cloud repatriation becomes real
In previous years, many companies have taken the cloud-first approach as they migrated their workloads to the public cloud to keep up with IT transformation. This boom of public cloud migrations triggered what technology experts call “cloud repatriation.” As businesses realize that the cloud isn’t always the fix to IT performance and cost, they are moving back to traditional data centers or other private solutions.
This doesn’t mean the pace of migrations to public clouds will slow down. But traffic will flow more freely in both directions as some customers realize that some workloads are cost-efficient, secure, and effective when handled by software-based data centers. Private cloud repatriation will further push the market by enabling hybrid cloud environments.
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) becomes intelligent SaaS
Every SaaS, analytics, and IT operations product is being incorporated with artificial intelligence (AI) in varying degrees. As AI continues to deliver automation and insight, it’s also easily finding its way into just about any cloud-software product. As any SaaS decision maker knows, AI enables companies to refine customer experience processes such as training and onboarding, marketing campaigns, and ongoing customer service.
Cloud computing has a promising future ahead, but it’s up to businesses to use it to improve their competitive posture in their relevant markets. With the right partner, you can stay ahead of the curve. Call us or visit us today and get a free consultation.
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