Emerging Trends in Cloud Computing


The end of 2016 is rapidly approaching, inspiring a flood of predictions for the coming year from technology thought leaders. One common theme in these forecasts is the booming cloud computing industry. Cloud solutions have become increasingly affordable and reliable, sparking interest from businesses seeking more availability and security for their data and systems. While we expect a tremendous spike in cloud growth in the coming years, three common trends are summarized below.


Big Companies Play Catch Up More than 80 percent of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017. Some of the most innovative companies will start investigating and offering hybrid cloud services to leverage advances in different industry sectors. For example, Amazon and Microsoft are currently the top two players in the cloud, while tech companies such as Oracle and Google are ramping up data center spending in an effort to compete. Amazon’s AWS stack and Microsoft Azure’s high-level service offerings are steps ahead of the competition, and both offer infrastructure (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). This positions tech giants like Google in a rare, unfamiliar position of racing to catch up. Analysts at Gartner estimate the global cloud computing industry will grow by over $40 billion by 2020. Market share is likely to shift as Google introduces new cloud services and focuses on refining their cloud strategy.

Data Security & Expansion of IoT As services explode around Internet of Things (IoT), companies must ensure their data is moving securely and efficiently to data centers. With companies increasingly relying on the cloud, the demand to enhance security measures will be among the top priorities. Driverless cars are becoming a reality faster than anticipated, as Uber’s first self-driving fleet arrived in Pittsburgh this month. These cars require cloud interactions with onboard devices to analyze data and avoid collisions in real-time. IoT devices are approaching mass production, which could require a surge of localized small scale data centers called cloudlets. A middleman between the device and data center, these cloudlets will reduce the latency of resource-intensive processes by bringing the cloud closer to IoT devices and improving response time.

IT Skills Evolve for Hybrid Cloud Leading organizations will be able to design, build, and operate cloud services to reduce management complexity and operating costs. Traditional roles will change, including system and network administrators, architects, security analysts, and database administrators. Cloud architects will need broad skills in infrastructure design and optimization with deep security and privacy capabilities. Cloud security analysts and architects will need additional proficiency related to data science, cloud infrastructure, and infrastructure integration. Even cloud administrators will evolve and need not only data management and integration skills, but also contract and vendor management capabilities.

Cloud computing is enabling individuals and organizations of all sizes to work with data in inspiring ways. The horizon is full of promising insights and big data, which open the door for invention and improvement. Cloud computing is impacting virtually every aspect of technology, from corporate capabilities, talent acquisition, and even company culture. Stay tuned for more updates as we track the adventure!

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