In the past 15 years, cloud technology has matured greatly, and a model shift is now taking place, from traditional internal IT business services to cloud computing technology-driven agile workplaces.
IaaS, SaaS and PaaS are now experienced and trusted technologies. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are helping advance medicine and scientific research, while large companies rely heavily on team collaboration tools and cloud-based office suites
In fact, Cisco predicts that by 2021, cloud data centers will handle up to 94% of all workloads.
Let's take a look at some of the most important cloud trends:
1. Multi- and hybrid cloud environments will continue to grow
Enterprises recognize that cloud data management is not about having a specific platform or infrastructure, but about choosing a solution suitable for the current job. In some cases, this is not the cloud at all, it may be local or even an old system. It is not uncommon to lock enterprises in specific systems to accommodate tedious or complex business-critical solutions.
In 2020, the emerging cloud trend is that enterprises no longer worry about cooperating with a cloud provider and begin to adopt multi-cloud or hybrid cloud products in order to get the most benefits from each solution.
According to Carolee Gearhart, Google Global Channel Director, “Gartner is estimating that by 2021, 75 percent of midsize and large organizations will have adopted multi-cloud or a hybrid strategy. When I think about that just in terms of where we are in the evolution, that means 2020 is going to be a year of really big acceleration.”
2. Organizations will make controlling cloud costs a priority
According to Gartner's data, global revenue from public clouds will increase by 17% this year, reaching $266.4 billion. By 2022, a record 60% of organizations will use external cloud providers’ managed service products, which has doubled from 30% in 2018 – growth is an undeniable cloud trend.
The decentralized consumption model doubles the cost of the organization, and it is often impossible to control the rising bottom line of profits. As cloud usage grows, companies will have to start dealing with these costs, streamline their underutilized expenditures, and reduce repetitive or unnecessary expenses.
Since different cloud services and hybrid services have different pricing and billing models, and the cost may vary from month to month, this can be a daunting task. Innovative third-party solutions that can support organizations to gain in-depth understanding of their hybrid network and provide unified cost management will top the list.
3. Continue to shift to on-demand technology
As cloud costs are brought under control, companies will have more disposable income to take advantage of these solutions to specific industry challenges. In turn, providers will seek to promote innovation that is easy to widely use, low learning curve, low code interface, and overall democratization so that anyone can reap the rewards. Without a team of data scientists, organizations will begin to see the benefits of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and automation in a very tangible way to address and enhance business strategies and exciting cloud trends in 2020.
Before the end of 2020, we will see a higher-level cloud trend where organizations will overcome compliance and security challenges and cooperate with smart, innovative external solutions. These companies already have a deep understanding of the new mixed reality, so visionary clients can immediately benefit from their targeted skills and expertise.