Not long ago, most businesses kept their IT in house. That’s changed rapidly over the past few years thanks to the unprecedented growth of cloud computing and web-based software completely redefining the corporate technology landscape. The fast-evolving cloud industry isn’t showing any signs of slowing down either, and business leaders are under more pressure than ever to innovate if they want to maintain their market dominance.
Here are five trends in cloud computing that will no doubt define 2019 in enterprise IT:
Quantum computing will start to enter the mainstream
Technology enthusiasts might have been talking about quantum computing for decades but, until now, it has belonged to the realms of science fiction. Today, it has significant implications that will start revealing themselves in the coming years.
Although it will be a long time before quantum processors make their way into everyday computing devices, large cloud data centers are already starting to recognize the potential of this exciting new technology. You may have access to these superfast computers sooner than you realize thanks to investments from cloud providers such as Microsoft or Amazon.
Cloud services will continue to grow and diversify
Now that virtually everyone has access to high-speed internet, cloud services will continue to expand and evolve across every area of business. Subscription-based cloud software will continue to grow but investments in platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions will likely see the highest rate of growth in 2019 and beyond. These higher-tier solutions give you more than just an app; they also give you access to entire operating systems and fully functional servers.
More businesses will choose hybrid cloud deployments
Every business, in every industry, can benefit from the cloud, but the transition is more complicated for some businesses. Major concerns, namely security, compliance, and data governance, still reign supreme, so many companies are hesitant to adopt public cloud services.
Hybrid cloud solutions, which blend private and public cloud services and in-house resources, are expected to become more popular. After all, they provide companies the peace of mind to migrate to the cloud at their own pace with greater visibility into cost and reduced risk.
Automation will become even more important
Automation is indispensable for any successful cloud-migration strategy. With cloud adoption constantly growing, organizations are finding themselves managing an ever-greater number of cloud-hosted apps and storage systems. Automated data-governance tools and administrative dashboards bring everything together under one unified system.
Cloud automation is a must for detecting potential compliance and security violations since it helps businesses keep track of systems across a complex system in which data is stored in remote data centers all over the world.
Security and compliance will remain top challenges
It’s a common misconception that migrating to the cloud means compromising on security, but the concerns certainly aren’t unfounded. After all, it’s a business’s responsibility to choose their technology vendors and partners wisely, and ensure that they can match the compliance and security obligations facing their industries.
Compliance isn’t getting any easier either, particularly since the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation in 2018. GDPR lays down some particularly tough rules that also concern any US company doing business with citizens of the EU, even if they don’t have a branch office or store data in Europe itself.
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