Cloud Computing Trends for 2018

Cloud computing has been central to the organisational development of many companies in recent years. Therefore, when planning for your company’s next year development agenda, it is necessary that you understand what cloud computing can hold for you. There may be a few surprises here and there but we have made some informed guesses to predict the cloud computing trends that you should expect in 2018.

1. Internet of Things (IoT)
The internet has taken control of modern life through smartphones and other internet-enabled devices. By 2020, the IoT gadgets are expected to have exceeded the 20 billion mark. As a result, the concept of Internet of Things is not only becoming clearer but also realistic. The concept will without a doubt take over the world next year.

Cloud computing will be at the center of all the action. This is because the increased number IoT gadgets will create more demand for storage for personal files, a need that cloud computing caters for. Cloud computing will therefore not be a bystander but among main facilitators of the Internet of Things revolution.

2. Improved Cloud Storage Capacity
Cloud computing has developed from a personal storage tool to become an integral part of many businesses. Today, many organizations have anchored all their IT operations in the cloud. These activities produce and process a lot of data and as businesses grow and expand, we can only expect more data to be produced in 2018.
This data will need sufficient storage space and cloud computing service providers will have to step up to the challenge. To do this, they will have to increase the storage capacity available for their clients.

3. Hybrid Cloud Solutions
Being tied to one cloud service provider is not ideal for many businesses. Because of this, hybrid cloud solutions were created i.e. cloud to On-premise connectivity and cloud to cloud connectivity.

The cloud to cloud connectivity is for organizations that wish to have more than one cloud service provider. The Cloud to On-promise connectivity option is for businesses that want to utilise cloud computing services while maintaining their own computing solutions.

These two hybrid solutions are not new for individuals that have been with cloud computing for a while. However, it is expected that 2018 will see an increased demand for hybrid solutions from newcomers. Also older users of cloud services will explore the cloud On-premise alternative because it offers more room for customization.

4. Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing
Machines have demonstrated their ability to learn and it is now clear that artificial intelligence will play a big role in businesses in 2018. Many businesses will therefore have to integrate artificial intelligence and cloud computing to get that extra edge.

As organizations start to embrace artificial intelligence, it will probably be used to complement cloud services. AI can, for instance, help improve cloud cybersecurity through the concept of deeper learning. It will also be used for improved data analytics thus facilitating the decision-making process of the company. The world will get to see a glimpse of the potential that the cloud-AI partnership holds in 2018.

5. Cloud Security
The vulnerability of cloud based computing services has been of great concern long before it became mainstream. Although there have been immense effort put in place to secure the systems, there are also more people attempting to breach the data. Among these, hackers are some that have proven their worth and have been successful a number of times.

As noted earlier, cloud computing services will be used to store more data in 2018 than ever before. Much of this data is sensitive thus presents a bigger challenge for service providers. As they embark on providing storage capacity for clients in 2018, service providers will also have to come up with means to secure the data as it is being relayed, during storage, and when it is being used or processed.

6. Upgraded Internet Quality
The usage of cloud computing has been on an exponential rise since its launch. As the number of users increase, so does the data being stored, processed and shared. If the internet quality remains the same, the speed and efficiency will depreciate and modern internet users aren’t too patient on that.

To curb this, service providers will have to improve their internet quality in 2018 to cater for the needs of their clients. As a result, we might see the advent of 5G internet within the next 12 months.

Cloud computing may face some competition from Edge computing but it will definitely still be the service of choice for most users. Even as 2018 progresses, cloud service providers will keep unleashing new developments. As you continue utilizing the service for your business, keep yourself updated on these developments to make sure you get value for money.

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