Every year brings exciting change to the cloud computing landscape. As we enter the next decade, let’s look at some of the trends that will shape the cloud throughout 2020 and beyond:
The continued rise of serverless computing
Serverless computing has been gaining steady traction since Amazon Web Services launched its new service, Lambda, in 2014. This solution allows cloud users to reduce their cloud expenditures by provisioning server space from their providers only while they are running code. This way, code execution management is no longer necessary during code production.
Since serverless is available through a more flexible “pay as you go” model, cloud users have far more control over their cloud resources. Until now, most organizations haven’t been ready to pursue serverless computing because it requires them to change the way they handle the development process. However, predictions for 2020 estimate that serverless computing will see dramatic growth.
Cloud workers in high demand
For some time now, the lack of cloud expertise has been one of the most prevalent challenges for cloud adopters. As demand for talent grows, there will be near-endless opportunities for career growth in the cloud computing industry. Those with relevant skills will have more chances to pursue careers as cloud engineers, administrators, architects, and more. This promising career outlook will also make it easier for organizations to fill their most essential cloud-centric roles in 2020.
Increased focus on the hybrid cloud
Hybrid cloud adoption has been growing steadily; RightScale reports a 7 percent increase in organizations with hybrid strategies between 2018 and 2019 alone. Cloud adopters will make the hybrid cloud even more of a priority in 2020 as they search for a strategy that affords better scalability and security.
This shift will come as more organizations turn to private cloud repatriation. Thanks to innovations in containers and app portability, cloud users will be able to move their information across cloud environments more easily than ever before. This will enable adopters to maintain a more seamless balance of private and public infrastructure in their hybrid cloud environments.
Innovations in Software as a Service (SaaS)
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are integrating with SaaS to provide cloud users with better insights and drive automation. In 2020, nearly every SaaS solution will adopt these intelligence-driven innovations.
SaaS is also rising dramatically in popularity among cloud users, eliciting a need for better management of apps in the cloud. As such, 2020 will see the introduction of SaaSOps as a critical facet of IT. This specialized role will provide IT teams with better control of SaaS operations and migration processes going forward.
Containers growing in popularity
There was an increase in container use in 2019, a trend that will continue into 2020. In fact, 451 Research has estimated that the market for containers will reach a valuation of $2.7 billion in 2020.
An increasing number of cloud users will adopt containers to improve their portability across cloud platforms and optimize software code migration. Kubernetes will be the most in-demand containerization solution in 2020 after growing by more than 20 percent between 2018 and 2019.
Open source in high demand
Open-source technologies have been a favorite among cloud adopters for some time now, but open source will truly come into its own in 2020.
These technologies are the perfect fit within cloud environments, making them a high priority for cloud adopters. As an increasing number of organizations turn to the cloud to host and manage their most critical operations, open-source technology will play an instrumental role in driving innovation this year and beyond.
Edge computing streamlining cloud services
Cloud users must be able to easily access the data and other resources they need to operate their businesses, but latency makes it difficult to ensure optimal business continuity. In 2020, more cloud users will be turning to edge computing to address this issue.
Instead of relying on the centralized setup for which the cloud has become so well known, edge computing distributes certain processes away from data centers and closer to the end user. This minimizes latency and allows organizations to access their resources in a timelier manner. Moreover, it reduces the costs of connecting to cloud infrastructure.
Security taking center stage
Cloud security is always a major focus for organizations that use the cloud, but it will take an even more prominent position in 2020. This spotlight on security comes after a difficult year for the public cloud. Capital One experienced a major breach that has many cloud users worried about how they will be able to secure their own cloud resources in the near future.
Most organizations have focused on access controls and security policies when looking to safeguard their information, but 2020 will expand on the conversation around cloud security. Data management workers will be essential in leading cloud security, scaling their cloud management policies to include additional tactics such as endpoint detection, threat intelligence, and security analytics.