Cloud computing is essentially delivering a variety of services and resources such as software servers and databases through the internet. It provides an alternative to local storage devices by saving data in a remote database. If an electronic device has an internet connection it will have access to this data and the software required to run it.
Here are a few important 2020 cloud computing statistics:
67% of enterprise infrastructure will be cloud-based, by the end of 2020 (Source: IDC)
According to a Salesforce Report, 74% of businesses have reported that they have observed significant improvements in their online security after they adopted cloud computing.
It has been predicted that by 2021, cloud data centres will process as much as 94% of workloads. (Source: Report linker)
By 2023 the cloud computing market is expected to reach $623.3 billion globally. (Source: Report Linker)
According to a study conducted by Sky-high, about 36 cloud-based services are utilised by an average employee daily.
Many businesses are leveraging cloud computing to store their information in a virtual cloud because it becomes easier for them to retrieve all their work and data within a matter of seconds without having to carry physical devices around.
These are the top 8 computing trends to look out for in 2020:
1. Quantum Computing:
With the rise in technological advancements, the computing power and capacity are also expected to improve to meet future demands. This is where quantum computing has an important role to play. Quantum computing will enable computer systems and servers to process all the data at a faster pace and it takes support from rapid network systems to avoid getting backlogged.
Quantum computing is also an environment-friendly solution as it reduces energy consumption. Tech giants such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM and Microsoft are working on creating quantum computing solutions. However, quantum computing is still in the development stage and needs a few more years to bring in a revolution into the tech industry.
Blockchain technology has the potential to transform business transactions in the coming years. It can be used by all industries that track digitally recorded transactions. Cloud services can make it easier for companies to adopt blockchain by facilitating Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS).
In 2019, multi-cloud systems were all the rage as they offered more flexibility to businesses. A major disadvantage that came with the adoption of this multi-cloud strategy was miss-management of data and lack of security as there were multiple cloud service providers involved. Omni-cloud computing helped companies who had already invested in the multi-cloud systems by improving connectivity. This top-notch connectivity enables multiple platforms to organise their data smoothly and integrate them in a systematic manner. Omni-cloud systems are easy to migrate to, improve data security and also reduce operational costs.
4. Digital Natives:
The workforce is constantly evolving and so are the industry expectations. The entry-level employees joining the workforce in 2020 will be more well-versed in cloud computing than the older employees. Referred to as the “digital natives”, these new employees may form their own group distinct from the older employees, creating a divide within organisations. It is important for businesses to bridge this divide by implementing practices such as ‘reverse monitoring’ to train the previous generations in cloud computing.
5. Mobile Cloud Computing:
Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC) provides rich computational resources which can be beneficial for mobile users, cloud computing providers and network operators. It is essentially a mix of cloud computing and mobile computing. Mobile cloud computing is instrumental in helping web developers deploy feature-rich mobile applications across all mobile devices that enhance user experience. It is important to remember that MCC comes with many complex issues such as energy constraints, vendor/data lock-ins, privacy and security.
6. Serverless Computing:
The serverless computing system was introduced by Google and is based on the conventional “pay as you go” system. In other words, companies will only have to pay for the exact amount of resources their applications have consumed. These systems are completely flexible and allow businesses to have more control on their cloud hosting expenses. The serverless computing model is the perfect solution to companies who want to launch applications without paying for it’s underlying infrastructure. The only challenge to this serverless trend is that it is an extensive improvement in the cloud computing industry and not every company will be prepared for it.
Originally designed by Google, the Kubernetes platform is being selected by more and more companies in 2020. This open-source platform is unique as it creates and runs containers that separate an application from this underlying infrastructure, and also deploy any modifications with a “roll out”. Kubernetes offers accessibility and quickens the deployment time. It means that if required, businesses can benefit from multiple cloud providers and can expand exponentially without needing to re-architect their infrastructure.
8. Increased Migration to Private Cloud Systems:
A private cloud system is exclusive to a particular organisation and offers cloud computing services only to a set of authorised users over the internet. The cloud service provider will offer services intended to be used only by that specific company. In 2020, more and more enterprises are moving towards private cloud computing as they get more control over where sensitive data such as customer details, call records are stored and who will be able to access it. Companies are also preferring the hybrid cloud model, which is a fusion of both public and private cloud systems.
Cloud computing has pointed out how limited the traditional IT infrastructure was over the past few years. More businesses are adopting cloud-based services as these systems provide workplace flexibility and ensure quick disaster recovery. The cloud technology has also helped businesses cope with the increase in their website traffic and made collaboration between various groups easier.
These 2020 cloud computing trends indicate that cloud computing is here to stay in the tech industry for many years. It is important for companies to adopt cloud computing as not utilising this system can make it difficult for them to keep up with consumer demand.