Cloud computing delivers a wide range of on-demand computing services which are available via the internet or ‘the Cloud’ without the need for direct management from the user. IT services such as networking, analytics, intelligence and servers are all available through cloud computing.
As workplaces, businesses and industries continue to evolve to keep up with modern trends and technologies, cloud computing has become one of the most sought-after technologies for the future. Are you unsure about what this term means and the benefits it can have for your business? Why not check out our insightful blog post that goes into detail about everything you need to know about cloud computing?
As a way to reduce business costs and enhance workplace flexibility, we have compiled a list of five cloud computing trends that businesses should be following in order to keep up with the digital age.
1. Hybrid Cloud-Based Solutions
As 2019 is beginning to come to a close, businesses should be starting to use Hybrid Cloud Solutions if they aren’t already. Whilst the idea of migrating over to Cloud Solutions may seem daunting, this hybrid solution works to support business in the process.
The public cloud may not be a good fit for all organisations and migrating everything over to the cloud can be a difficult and lengthy process. However, the Hybrid Cloud model provides a quick and efficient changeover process, allowing you to make the transition at your own pace with less risk and cost.
The 2016 State of the Cloud Survey from RightScale indicates that businesses and organisations using the Cloud will be able to access at least six different clouds. This means businesses can be in control of different infrastructures, allowing them to better organise and structure their data.
2. The rise of 5G
People and businesses alike have been using 4G for many years, however, 2019 has seen the birth of 5G. What is this 5th generation wireless system and what can it offer to businesses?
With a speed estimated to be around 20 times faster than the 4G we know and use today, fifth-generation technology is expected to revolutionise the world of Cloud Computing and have a significant influence on Cloud accessibility.
With the help of 5G, Cloud Computing is expected to provide reliable, faster and more efficient products and services to its users and consumers, which will, in turn, accelerate cloud business investments.
3. Serverless Computing
Over recent years, serverless computing has gained popularity and will continue to do so. Not only is it cost-effective, but it also provides simplicity. Serverless computing is utilised by cloud users who require a container Paas, (Platform as a Service).
Serverless computing allows users to write code without worrying about sourcing the underlying cloud infrastructure, making it easier to use and maintain. Essentially, it removes common barriers that are faced by those who use standard IT infrastructures.
In control of providing the platform and configuration, the Cloud supplies a number of tools to work with data and help design applications. Although referred to as serverless, physical servers are still required, however, web developers will not need to be aware of them.
4. Service Mesh
Service mesh is a new and emerging service management system which is able to enhance, connect, monitor and discover service-to-service communication across a number of applications.
Service mesh helps to oversee traffic through service discovery, routing and provides observations and tracing in an effortless manner. Although incredibly useful, cloud platforms can be a little complicated for some businesses. Therefore, it’s crucial they have a communication environment that is fast and secure.
Minimising the complexity of containers and boosting network functionality, service mesh continues to become a notable feature in the future of Cloud Computing.
5. Cloud Security and GDPR
With GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) at the forefront of technology, it is more important than ever before to ensure that your data is secure. If your data is not secured to the required standards, your business could be faced with immense consequences.
Data security threats are likely to increase as more organisations move to the Cloud. With more businesses making the move to Cloud services, it is essential for security benefits to be properly installed and implemented for effective cloud solutions and maximum security.
Businesses must understand how GDPR will affect them and how to comply to the rules and regulations.
6. Edge Computing
When comparing cloud solutions to what you can achieve on normal machines, the cloud offers more powerful and effective solutions. With this comes the introduction of edge computing, a system that processes data at the edge of the network, before it gets into data centres.
Edge computing allows businesses to be smarter about how they process data, providing real-time information and data analysis, streamlining the flow of traffic from devices. Working with the cloud servers, edge computing works to store data for the long term, or process less time-sensitive data.
It is believed that 5.6 billion IoT devices owned by enterprises and governments will be utilising edge computing for data collection and processing by 2020.
7. Open Source
As cloud computing continues to develop and advance, businesses are now offered more options when it comes to organising and customising business data infrastructures.
Open Source gives businesses and enterprises a cloud-based platform in which they can fully customise their business infrastructure based on their specific needs. With this comes many benefits, such as being able to quickly scale their cloud infrastructure.
With the tech industry working towards a more collaborative work environment, open-source cloud computing services seem to be the right choice for either start-up businesses, or established companies looking to scale and grow.
Making a Smooth Transition to Efficient Cloud Computing
Migrating the entirety of your business data can feel like a highly complicated and daunting prospect. Many organisations will be worried that it may slow down their operations or maybe even result in lost data along the way. However, Cloud Central has successfully migrated many UK SMEs to the cloud, at a pace and structure to suit that business.
Cloud Central can develop a personalised and easy to follow road map to ensure that your business are aware of the process and procedures involved in the transition to cloud computing. Get in touch today to discuss your cloud computing needs.