By Bryan S. Hamilton
Cloud Solution Architect
Can you believe another year is almost over? Seems like we were just popping the champagne and ringing in 2017.
But now, 2018 is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about what’s ahead in cloud computing. To help you get a jump on your 2018 business goals, here are the top five cloud trends to watch for.
Cloud Trends in 2018
- Cloud services solutions will grow dramatically.
According to a 2016 survey on cloud services from Cisco, the incredible growth of SaaS, IaaS and PaaS solutions will continue unabated and companies worldwide will increasingly use them in 2018. The number of cloud solutions available in the public and private sectors has expanded more than expected, and many more organizations will start taking advantage of the high-performance and simplicity that cloud promises. If you want to simplify your operations and make it easier for your customers to access your services, then you must move more aggressively toward integrating SaaS, IaaS and/or PaaS into your business processes.
- Cloud storage capacities will increase.
Because cloud computing is increasingly becoming a standard part of doing business today, data storage capacities must increase, as well. Service providers should start quickly bringing more data centers online with storage equipment that has much larger capacities. It is estimated that total global storage in 2018 will grow to an estimated 1.1 ZB, which is approximately twice the space available in 2017. Therefore, it is extremely important that data center owners start increasing their available storage as soon as possible.
- The Internet of Everything will jump to the forefront.
In 2017, the term “internet of things” – or IoT – became commonplace. But in 2018, the continuous innovations in real-time data analytics and cloud computing will quickly move the “internet of everything” to the top of the list. IoE encompasses machine-to-machine communications, data, processes and how humans communicate with everything in their environment. As IoE develops into complex systems aimed at simplifying all interactions, cloud computing is expected to increasingly play a significant role. This will include integrating intelligently with every device in a customer’s network and providing insight into how they feel about their services, products and one another.[contextly_sidebar id=”pQ2Ch13z5FsUmDUrC0ptgeLiPlNoYe6m”]
- Internet quality will be enhanced, and 5G will emerge.
In 2018, consumers can look forward to incredibly faster and vastly improved connections from their network providers. As network speeds are increased, there will be a strong push to move from gigabyte LTE speeds to full 5G networks. In addition, network quality will be enhanced to satisfy consumers’ needs for highly responsive and fast-loading services and apps. This means that you should quickly evaluate and upgrade your SaaS, PaaS and website platforms to make them more responsive to meet your customers’ constantly evolving expectations.
- The security challenge will continue… forever.
2017 made history in that it recorded the most cyberattacks than any other year in modern history. In 2018, this trend will not end with ever more attacks aimed at undermining the security of cloud infrastructures. The sophistication of the cyberattackers grows daily; therefore, the public, private and government sectors must be hyper-sophisticated and constantly update their methods for preventing and detecting attacks. As a business owner, it is imperative that you protect your assets and invest in tools like security information/event management (SIEM) and malware detection systems. You can also reach out to cloud managed security service providers that offer robust services if you cannot implement the full security measures that are required.
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Last modified: December 27, 2017