- Cloud computing services and solutions will continue rising
According to Bain & Company, subscription-based SaaS solutions will grow at 18% CAGR by 2020. The same research projects that IaaS/PaaS will grow at 27% while the public cloud infrastructure will rise by 12%. Generally, the cloud computing hardware, software, and services will take about 60% of all IT market growth. Getting to a new year, expect the number of cloud computing services and solutions to rise as more and more companies realize the importance of the cloud in enhancing service provision to their customers.
- Hybrid and multi-cloud strategies will play an important role
Hybrid and multi-cloud strategies have emerged as the best technologies for transforming enterprises. These technologies will play a crucial role in the coming years as organizations seek to remain on top of the game. With this, organizations will use their dedicated servers on-premise (private cloud) to host sensitive workloads and information. In contrast, those that are deemed less sensitive are being hosted by a public cloud provider. The hybrid solutions mix the on-premise private cloud with the third-party cloud services and offer defined orchestration between the two. As the demand for cloud services keeps rising, companies will continue using blended cloud approaches to allow them to access services efficiently and effectively while also ensuring security.
- Security and regulation compliance will be critical
As businesses migrate their services and functions to the cloud, security and regulation compliance will be of great concern. The increasing connectivity has resulted in hackers targeting systems, mainly where the data is stored. Therefore, as more data is pushed to the cloud, hackers will be trying to breach the cloud systems, steal critical data, sell it on the dark web, or use it for financial gain. The increasing attacks have seen some economic blocks and countries developing regulations such as the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has had far-reaching consequences to the organizations globally.
- Edge computing adoption will rise
Cloud computing is simply a centralized data center that remotely runs plenty of servers. Edge computing, which is still considered a cloud, is where infrastructure is divided and data is hosted in several locations, mainly close to the user. Unlike the centralized cloud, edge computing utilizes the bandwidth better and provides smaller latency. With these advantages, companies are now starting to fill their storage power and storage requirements with edge computing solutions. This trend will probably continue into 2022 as companies seek to use their bandwidth and latency better.
- Containerization will attract attention
A container is a standalone, executable software package that has everything needed to run an application. It consists of code, runtime, system tools, settings, and system libraries. Containerization lowers the costs incurred on infrastructure, therefore, favoring many businesses. These advantages have attracted companies, most of which see containerization as a way of cutting operational costs and enhancing efficiency. Adopting containerization is expected to continue in the coming years as more and more companies seek to cut their costs.