2021 has been a pivotal year for the cloud, playing a critical role during this pandemic.
Cloud computing has grown in popularity in recent years as its applications continue to soar in big data and artificial intelligence.
Changes in cloud computing services are now bringing technology into a new phase of innovation and development.
Cloud computing has had a huge impact on our lives over the past few years. It has transformed the sectors of education, banking, health and agriculture, among others. With the creation of online courses and tutorials, the reach of education has multiplied. Banks were able to securely store and manage transaction records. Healthcare delivery services have improved with efficient management and storage of patient data from lab reports and even portable devices. All of these advancements have been made possible because cloud computing has enabled stakeholders to leverage the data and applications available in the cloud instead of setting up expensive physical infrastructure. Below are five of the most significant changes in cloud technology you’ll see in 2021 and beyond:
1. Edge computing
Edge computing refers to the installation and use of compute and storage capacity closer to the edge – that is, endpoints where data is collected or where an immediate response is required. Edge Computing is an emerging cloud trend that involves building localized data centers for compute and storage where or near it’s needed. This offsets the load on the cloud and improves the deployment and execution of a wide range of applications. Instead of relying on centralized networks, IT and management are managed locally.
2. Sustainable cloud
2021 has made it clear that consumers see organizations not only as a catalog of their best products or services, but also as a representation of values. Companies initially moved some of their simple workloads to a sustainable cloud to test the viability of doing so and make an organization efficient. However, now that the simpler projects have been established in the cloud and are operational, companies will now move the most complex applications to the cloud in the hope of even better efficiency in the workplace.
3. Hybrid cloud
While a multi-cloud approach leverages the different allocations of different vendors regardless of public or private cloud, a hybrid cloud approach categorically focuses on leveraging both private cloud and public cloud.
Many companies invest in hiring talent and training teams for cloud application development. However, depending on the quality of the cloud technology team, not all companies are able to harness the true potential of the cloud. Businesses will now prefer to take Software-as-a-Service from leading IT service providers for cloud applications to maintain the quality of their applications and get the most out of their cloud infrastructure.
More organizations will develop fully cloud native applications with little or no architectural dependence on a specific cloud provider. The feasibility of developing an application that does everything for a business is tested. For each version, the testing time increases with the increase in utilities, resulting in delays and even rendering the software obsolete by the time it arrives in the production environment. Developers are now looking for microservices in the cloud that perfectly handle one or more of these tasks at once. A business service can be a combination of one or more microservices. This way, updates can be released quickly because only the specific microservice needs to be tested before release.
5. Industry-powered cloud
Some cloud providers may be exceptionally good at a service while others may not be so good. For example, while IDrive specializes in backups, Google Drive is best for collaborations. In 2021, businesses will begin to realize that engaging with a single cloud provider may not be the best strategy for implementing the cloud. Moreover, having different cloud services will also allow your business to avoid a total data failure if the maintenance time expires on one of the cloud servers.
Cloud computing will see major changes in 2021 and beyond. Now that you know what to expect this year, it’s time to make sure your business is on track with the latest industry trends.