Cloud Computing Trends – Now and in the Future

We published a blog a few months ago on How Cloud Computing Has Changed the Business World. Well, cloud computing continues to reign in that aspect, impacting the way data is stored or secured. More and more smart businesses are recognizing the benefits of cloud technology in their business operations.

The cloud computing concept has been around for a little over two decades, and its use is not slowing down. Its cost-saving, scalable advantages make it a great option for businesses.

The continued innovation from cloud computing is projected for the future in many ways. We’ve listed some trends here.

Increased Adoption of Cloud Services

Gartner Research reveals that the increased use of the cloud will drive growth in the public cloud services market market to $186.4 billion in 2018, a 21.4 percent increase from 2017 when the market reached the $153.5 billion mark.  Further in the future, its use will increase even more, doubling the revenue by 2021.

Increased Storage Capacity

The increased amount of storage cloud computing is offering will make its use much more attractive. This growth is a result of more and more businesses adopting the concept. Cisco estimates that the storage capacity will double by the end of 2018, continuing to increase in the years ahead.

This increased storage will allow businesses to store larger data sets and run analytics. This will enable companies to gain valuable insights into customer behavior, human systems, strategic financial investments and other critical areas of operations

Multi-Clouds Available

Cloud technology has expanded and several variations are available in a variety of public clouds, each with its own strengths and capabilities. This allows companies to deploy multi-cloud solutions that benefit different areas of the enterprise and can address certain needs.

The different cloud platforms will provide enhanced and complementary features that will benefit many businesses. When evaluating a new provider, it’s a good idea to carefully weigh the advantages the offer,  related to services, capabilities and price. It may also be prudent to adopt different the solutions with the different cloud providers separately to encourage a better understand of the differences in functionality and features each provider offers.

Growth in Cloud Services

One of the most important cloud computing trends 2018 will see is the increased solutions the cloud will bring to security. 2017 saw the most cyber-attacks ever recorded in the history of the internet and 2018 should be no different. Many experts predict 2018 will see more individual and state-sponsored attacks aimed at undermining cloud infrastructure security. Cyber-attacks are also becoming more sophisticated which means anyone in charge of their company’s security will need to become more sophisticated in the way they detect and prevent these attacks. Cloud services will be able to help companies with their security measures by offering managed security services.

Cloud computing takes center stage in 2020, accelerating the capabilities of technologies like mobile and analytics. Remote computing services allow mass collaboration around huge data sets, bringing affordable scale to computationally intensive problem-solving. Cloud computing closes the digital divide by making collaboration across distance and disciplines both possible and cheap. Governments use hybrid clouds to share information while protecting sensitive data; and technology firms provide analytical capabilities through cloud platforms.

E3 Consulting Can Help You Adopt and Expand Your Use of Cloud Computing

E3 Consulting specializes in providing small and medium businesses with IT consulting support. We know how to optimize the cloud technology to benefit your business.

We’ve been in the consulting business for over 30 years, helping manufacturing, distribution and professional services businesses grow and profit.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you improve your business and increase profits.

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