Experts believe that the market is set to enter into the second wave of cloud technology. Amazon started the first wave of cloud computing in 2006 and since then cloud computing and the enterprises been in this business have seen a surge in the cloud service demand from all across the globe. There are plethora of technical advancements has happened in cloud industry which is driving cloud computing industry towards an upwards growth trajectory.
Cloud Containers are in Demand
Cloud container is one of the latest buzzword in the global IT world in general and security in particular. Even the world’s premier IT firms are benefitting and using cloud containers in full fledge mode due to advantages of easy management and migration of software code in an efficient way. Many organizations are using it to enable portability between cloud services from AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure as it has the potential to enhance their DevOps strategies for software production. Many vendors are also supporting Openshift, Cloudfoundry, and other open source platform-as-a-service (PaaS) systems. But companies also need to grapple with the new set of challenges like security, monitoring, storage and networking concerns that may arise as containers are deployed largely in production.
Surge in the Demand of Hybrid Cloud Technology
To move all the mission critical data and application to cloud is not an easy decision to take for any higher management authority, especially at a time when competition is at peak and a small blunder can take a huge toll on company’s future plans. For smaller companies and startups it is much easy to move on to cloud, since the data and application amount is not that huge and the IT infrastructure is also not that much complex as compared with large enterprises. But bigger enterprises find it extremely difficult to shift their whole on-premise IT operations to fully on the cloud. Big organizations always play safe but they also understand the benefits of clouds which it brings to any organizations. Therefore, they prefer to partially move some of their IT operation on the cloud environment and remaining operations get executed from on-premise software and that makes the whole IT infrastructure environment a complex one.
But with the rapid advancement in hybrid cloud technology, this concern has fixed. New cloud software has sprouted up in the market that has the potential to integrate different technology into a cohesive system and gives the power to the employees to use their software remotely, on-premise or even allow it to run as a fully-hosted service with enhanced user experience that to at reduced operation cost. These facets are pulling enterprises towards hybrid cloud. In 2016, adoption rate of hybrid cloud rose from 58% to 71% year-over-year and will continue to maintain its momentum in the near future as well.
Hyperconvergence Infrastructure is Gaining Popularity
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions offers pre-integrated compute, storage and networking resources that help organizations get their cloud implementations running faster. HCI solution also have the potential to deliver enhanced data protection, increased scalability, ease of management with cost saving. Due to its capability to easily launch new cloud services for enterprises that easily want to package and migrate new workloads, it is gaining prominence in the cloud technology space.
Organizations across the globe consider HCI as the foundation for their cloud environment, particularly for new workloads that demand rapid and automated transitions with minimal risk. Many technocrats believe that 100 HCI boxes can make a big pool of computing, networking and storage devises within a control of a single management tool. It also cut deployment down time to a matter of minutes. This particular model is helping companies to build private cloud that operate like public cloud.
SaaS on the Rise
Businesses across the world invest heavily on IT software, hardware and people to orchestrate smooth execution of their IT operations. But all these resources: money, time and complex software up gradations and maintenance comes with a huge price tag and complexity. Improvements in cloud hardware technology have brought one awesome service in the form of SaaS that has the potential to cut operating costs without reducing the overall profitability and productivity. It has the potential to replace on-premise software and promises to deliver improved solutions without engaging in time-consuming IT deployment operations. It also eliminates the need of manual software upgrade and maintenance resulting into more time and budget for IT teams to focus on innovation. These are the reasons more and more companies are now considering SaaS as the integral part of their business process. Cisco report predicts that SaaS will account for 60% of all cloud-based workloads in the near future—a 12% increase over 2017 predictions.
New innovation and advancements in cloud technology would further lead to increased productivity, improved business relationships, easier collaboration, and reduced operating costs which would unsurprisingly lead to an even larger number of organizations moving towards cloud in the near future.