Heralded as one of the most promising technologies of the millennial generation, cloud computing has been rapidly evolving over the past two decades.
According to a Forbes report, 83% of Information Technology workloads for enterprises will be executed via the cloud by 2020. Even in the education sector, it has been reported that cloud will host over 50% IT workloads by 2020 in the Middle East alone.
So where is cloud computing headed? What are the buzzwords that the industry is talking about? Here are five trends that promise to shape the future of cloud computing:
1. Edge Computing
Edge Computing is induced by increasing implementation of IOT-based applications. It is the practice of processing data on sites that have a vast interconnected network of IoT devices.
Data has conventionally been stored and processed in centralised data processing warehouses. However, as enterprise services look to decentralize data processing, cloud computing promises to feature increasingly in services. This is mainly to ensure faster processing and speedier transmission of data.
2. Growth in Hybrid Cloud & Multi-Cloud Solutions
Third-party services and cloud-based offerings are on the rise. It is now imperative for enterprise services to create an architecture that support private and public cloud services simultaneously. Hence, the need for hybrid and multi cloud solutions for business models.
Hybrid Cloud offers a transition solution that blends on-premises infrastructure with open cloud & private cloud services. While Multi-Cloud enables users to control and run an application, workload, or data on any cloud (private, public and hybrid) based on their technical requirements. Experts predict that multi-cloud strategies will dominate in the near future.
3. Rise in MLaaS Based Products
Increasing capabilities of machine learning coupled with the growing maturity of the cloud have given rise to a new range of business products: Machine Learning as a Service (MLaaS). A cloud-based offering, MLaaS is set to experience explosive growth in the coming years primarily because of easy storage of large data volumes, low deployment costs, and high computational performances.
4. Serverless Computing
Serverless computing is a cloud computing execution model in which the cloud provider runs the server, and dynamically manages the allocation of machine resources. Cloud users request a container PaaS (Platform as a Service), and the Cloud supplier charges for the PaaS as required. The customer does not need to buy or rent services and the Cloud is responsible for providing the platform, it’s configuration, and a wide range of tools for designing applications, and working with data.
5. Data Containers
Data Containers in cloud computing are popularly used for transferring data, and storing and organizing virtual objects among other things. Data containers have been increasing in popularity because of three main reasons: Straightforward packaging format, lightweight application isolation without a virtual machine, and a standard application control interface.