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cloud computing trends 2019

In a bold statement at last December’s IT
Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference
in Las Vegas, Gartner,
Inc. predicted
that by 2025, 80% of businesses
will completely migrate from on-premise datacenters to off-site locations such
as the cloud. For leadership, that means beginning now to identify which
on-site servers are still needed and whether they are the most efficient and
cost effective data storage solutions.

For most, it likely makes far more sense to
seriously consider making the transition to a cloud-based approach. Many
organizations have already embraced cloud computing, but as the technology
evolves and customer demands change, further readjustment will be made.

As we mark the half-way point of 2019, here are
five cloud predictions and trends to watch for as the year plays out.

Cloud Computing for Businesses

Its sheer scalability, reliability, and high-fault
tolerance has made cloud computing one of the most exciting and promising
technologies in a generation. It’s evolution over the past two decades has
changed the face of business in ways that once seemed unimaginable. While
serverless continues to be much talked about, to date it has seen little
deployment. It will likely continue to evolve as adoption ramps up, but right
now organizations are more focused on adopting the cloud to power digital
transformation efforts.

1. Multi-cloud architectures

Organizations want more choice. As a result, the
hybrid model is already becoming a significant market segment, with nearly
60% of North American businesses now relying on co-location cloud platforms
. For the record, that’s five times as many from just five
years ago. With the release of Outpost last November, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
has now joined Azure and Google in replacing one-cloud-fits-all approaches with
a multi-cloud environment that uses a combination of on-premises and private
and public cloud architectures, often from different cloud vendors. And with IBM’s
acquisition of Red Hat last October, look for it to become the world’s leading
hybrid cloud provider.

2. Open cloud technology

While many companies still use a single public
cloud provider in tandem with their on-premise environment, it’s expected that as
most make
the switch to a multi-cloud strategy
, open clouds
will matter more than ever. Open clouds let your business freely choose which
mix of services and providers are best for your needs and let you design your
infrastructure across multiple environments. Though most companies are not
there yet, look for more advanced organizations to embrace open
source Kubernetes
for administering, securing,
and updating workloads.

3. A shift in IT culture

As companies embrace a hybrid approach, look for
new job titles such as cloud architect, cloud project manager, and cloud
automation engineer to become increasingly more common. New skills and a
culture that is centered on cloud adoption will mark a big shift in the way IT
teams work, with an emphasis on expertise in API management, cross-platform
tool and automation, and data integration best practices.

4. Security first

As cloud computing for businesses grows, security
will remain an issue that is still too often neglected. To ensure their data
practices are both safe and compliant, developers will overcome challenges
inherent to a hybrid cloud approach by integrating security into every facet of
the app development, design, and deployment earlier in the process than was
done with siloed applications. This should give your business greater app visibility,
control, and protection.

5. Cloud reimagining with edge computing

As organizations find themselves in need of
immediate access to data and other resources to serve their customers, they’ll
increasingly look to edge
. Though not as well known, experts are
looking for edge computing to explode because of its ability to collect and
process vast amounts of data in near real time. Companies will also be able to
lower connectivity costs because as opposed to raw streams of sensor data, edge
computing transmits only the most important data needed. When combined with
cloud computing, businesses will realize faster response times, added security,
dependable operation, and seamless integration with legacy devices.

Looking Beyond 2019

Innovation spurs greater innovation and there’s no
doubt cloud computing for businesses will continue to evolve as more companies
and industries fully embrace it to support their digital transformation. The
coming months will offer greater opportunities to create a workspace that
enables employees to interact regardless of where they are in the world. And outsourcing
will free businesses
from investing in hardware,
software, and staff that may quickly become obsolete.

One day in the not too distant future what’s now
labeled as “cloud” will simply be known as computing. In the meantime, savvy
businesses will continue the shift to cloud computing to increase business
efficiency and reduce costs.

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