If you’re able to keep up with the world of cloud computing, give yourself a pat on the back. With new trends and technologies popping up all the time, it’s hard to know what to expect from this fast-paced world.
One thing we do know is that it’s going to get bigger in 2019. According to Gartner, the cloud tech services market is estimated to grow 17.3% this year, up from $175.8 billion in 2018. It also predicts that 90% of organisations will be using cloud-based services by 2022.
Cloud technology allows organisations to compete on a global scale and is redefining the way we do business.
Here are five predictions for where the cloud is heading in 2019.
1. Hybrid and multi-cloud
Hybrid cloud is a significant segment and will become the dominant business model in the future. For businesses, the public cloud is not a good fit for all solutions. The hybrid cloud combines current on-site infrastructure with open cloud and private services, giving businesses greater flexibility.
Multi-cloud is the next step in cloud evolution. We will see businesses building private clouds on top of what they already heave, on top of open source platforms, or having them clouds built for them. Whatever they choose, it will give them greater flexibility in deploying the most relevant cloud across different functions.
2. Service mesh
A dedicated system layer that enhances service-to-service comms, service mesh is a new class of service management. As containers become more predominant for cloud-based application development and organisations look for ways to manage complexity and unify traffic flow management, service mesh will gain in popularity. Through service discovery, load balancing, routing and observability, traffic can be overseen and network functionality improved.
3. Serverless computing
There is an increasing focus on serverless computing. It is used by cloud users who request a container PaaS and cloud supplier charges for that PaaS. The customer doesn’t need to buy, rent or configure services first. Instead, the cloud provides the platform, its configuration and the tools needed to design applications and work with data. Looking forward, it will be interesting to see how the serverless model (and the term ‘serverless’ itself) extends across the rest of the industry. Currently serverless deployments are technically possible for Google and Microsoft Azure, but it is not yet in their architecture.
4. Data containers
The use of data containers will become easier as the year progresses. Used for transferring data, they store and organise virtual objects and ensure software runs reliably while data is transferred. However, containers do have their limitations – although they can be used to transport, they can only be used with servers that have compatible operating system ‘kernels’.
5. Backup and recovery
According to a report by Spiceworks, 15% of the cloud budget is allocated to backup and disaster recovery (DR) solutions. This is the highest budget allocation and impacts the shared responsibility model used by public cloud operators. Providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google make sure backup and DR solutions are available and are also responsible for the security of the infrastructure. Meanwhile, users are in charge of their own data protection and compliance.
Cloud computing helps businesses become more flexible, efficient and successful. If you’re making the move to cloud-based services, get in touch with Talent. We provide the technical knowledge and client services to ensure every transition to the cloud runs smoothly.