The cloud has gone through tremendous change in recent years. From new deployment methods to emerging technologies, a number of major trends have shaped the cloud computing market into the immense sector that we know today. However, the cloud is not done evolving. In 2020 and beyond, several new trends will once again shake up the cloud landscape and help it reach the next level.
Here are all the cloud computing trends you should be watching over the next few years:
Hyper-scale data centers on the rise.
The cloud is already known for its impressive flexibility when it comes to scaling resources. However, in an age when businesses must respond to fluctuating customer and market demand at a moment’s notice, many platforms aren’t providing the scalability that they need. Companies can no longer afford to wait for their IT platforms to scale up their services, creating demand for new hyper-scale data centers.
Hyper-scaling gives businesses the ability to scale both quickly and to an immense degree. This allows them to respond to rising demands much sooner. Data centers that leverage these capabilities are also modular, giving companies even more flexibility.
Platform as a service (PaaS) will grow.
The PaaS market is bigger than it has ever been and it will only grow larger from here. As of 2019, the PaaS market featured more than 550 cloud services from over 360 vendors worldwide.
Between 2019 and 2023, this market will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 percent. Gartner has predicted even more impressive growth within the PaaS space—namely, that the market will nearly double in size by 2022. As a result, PaaS will become the preferred method of platform delivery among enterprises.
Shift to the hybrid cloud.
The hybrid cloud remains the most popular cloud delivery model, even as more organizations pursue multi-cloud strategies. In 2019, nearly 60 percent of all cloud adopters relied on hybrid strategies. As more organizations recognize the numerous benefits of hybrid cloud deployments—wherein they have the opportunity to use a mix of private and public cloud services—this market will see impressive growth.
According to MarketsandMarkets, the hybrid cloud market was worth $44.6 billion in 2018. By 2023, this number will grow at a CAGR of 17 percent, which will more than double the market value to a staggering $97.6 billion.
Automation in multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments.
For all its advantages, cloud computing has made it more difficult than ever for organizations to manage their IT environments. As distributed as cloud services have become, many IT teams are struggling to keep up with the myriad of complexities in their cloud environments. Organizations are beginning to turn to automation as a way of alleviating these demands and streamlining their cloud management.
Concurrently, automation in the cloud allows organizations to bolster their productivity. With tools that manage tedious daily tasks and manage apps on their behalf, businesses can make sure that the important work gets done without having to invest the time and manpower that they would otherwise spend.
Demand for hyperconverged cloud infrastructure.
Hyperconvergence is coming to the cloud. This IT framework allows cloud users to consolidate all of their servers, networks, and storage systems onto one platform. In addition to centralization of resources, this setup makes cloud environments more scalable and much easier to monitor.
Starting in 2020, more organizations will pursue hyperconverged infrastructure instead of more traditional public cloud platforms as a way to simplify cloud management and save money.
Evolving security methods.
There is no denying the wealth of benefits that comes with cloud adoption. However, most organizations still have reservations about the security of cloud platforms, which is causing them to delay adoption of these services. In 2020 and beyond, public cloud providers will be prioritizing security as a way of making their cloud environments more robust against breaches and other threats.
The need to improve security methods will become even more important as data compliance regulations change. In the coming years, cloud vendors will need to set a higher standard for security in order to align with these changing standards.
Focus on disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)
An increasing number of organizations are turning to the cloud to make themselves more resilient against disasters, be they manmade or natural. However, the great migration to the cloud has left many adopters experiencing more downtime than they thought they would. Additionally, evolving regulations are requiring organizations to change the way they handle their customers’ data.
As a result, more businesses are turning to DRaaS to bolster their DR strategies and minimize recovery time after a disaster. The DRaaS market, which was worth just over $3 billion in 2018, will surge to a value of $11.71 billion by 2022.
Data centers bolstered with artificial intelligence (AI)
AI will have an increased presence in the cloud data center beginning in 2020. Given the far-reaching capabilities of this technology, it’s easy to see why organizations are beginning to implement these tools in their cloud platforms.
AI can help businesses harness and evaluate past data to help them improve the efficiency of their data centers. Additionally, it can react to emerging problems in the data center and rectify them before they become a larger issue.
Organizations can also use AI to automate many of the tasks that their in-house staff perform. AI solutions will become commonplace among cloud offerings as more companies use this technology to improve their data center operations.