Cloud computing has radically changed the technology industry, with big companies like Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon all jumping into the fray to offer cloud-based services and products. As cloud computing continues to grow and evolve, it’s likely that we’ll see 5 key trends in cloud computing in the next few years that will bring new ways of doing business or help make the world a better place. This article looks at those 5 trends and explains what they might mean for you if you’re part of the cloud computing revolution.
Cloud costs will decline
Cloud computing services are still more expensive than their on-premises predecessors, but pricing will continue to decline, forcing IT organizations to make tough decisions about how and when they’ll migrate workloads to a public or private cloud. Companies who can work intelligently with Amazon Web Services and other service providers are poised to enjoy lower costs without sacrificing performance.
The big question is whether internal IT teams have enough resources to keep up with demand for migration while also keeping day-to-day operations running smoothly. If not, some of those functions may need to be outsourced as well.
Businesses will increasingly use hybrid-cloud configurations
Many businesses want their data to be accessible from any location, and they want that data to be safe and secure. A hybrid cloud configuration can provide both of these benefits without sacrificing performance, allowing employees to access essential files while they’re traveling or telecommuting. Because of hybrid cloud configurations, we can expect more cloud services coming into play; as more businesses adopt a hybrid cloud approach, we’ll also see more business apps being integrated with those services. In turn, that will make it easier for companies to use tools like Salesforce (and other popular CRM tools) on top of cloud computing infrastructure.
Cloud computing will become more secure, less complex, and more regulated
The future of cloud computing is bright, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. There are a number of potential risks and setbacks that we could face over time, including security concerns, privacy issues, and legal ramifications. Despite these challenges, however, most experts agree that cloud computing will become more secure as time goes on and more people adopt it. In fact, many predict that by 2020 or 2025 (or even sooner), most businesses will have transitioned to some form of cloud based infrastructure.
More applications will be delivered through the cloud than on premises
According to CIO, 41% of organizations will deliver more business apps through a public or private cloud than they do on premises by 2016. As more applications are hosted on a remote server, IT departments will begin standardizing on tools and techniques for managing these apps. Understanding how your organization can benefit from moving to a cloud computing platform is crucial before making any big moves into software as a service (SaaS) offerings.
Cloud computing provides many benefits to an organization, including lower costs and faster deployment. However, it’s important that you understand what cloud services you need before jumping into a contract with one provider. The future is here: Cloud computing isn’t just for startups anymore; it’s now being used by businesses of all sizes.
Clouds will become even more intelligent
Artificial intelligence will continue to advance, and machine learning algorithms like natural language processing (the computers’ ability to understand your voice) and image recognition will help make our interactions with technology more intuitive. This means that, over time, you’ll be able to communicate with your computer via text as well as by talking to it.
Cloud based services will also become even more intelligent. As they collect more data from us, they’ll get better at anticipating what we need and when we need it. For example, if a customer is known for always ordering a latte after lunch every Tuesday at 2 p.m., an AI-powered service might send a push notification reminding them to order their drink before leaving work for lunch on Tuesday and then actually process their order once they arrive at Starbucks or wherever else they plan on getting their caffeine fix.