Till a few years ago, cloud computing was just a technological fad with little practical value and more hype. In recent years, cloud computing has altered the paradigm on how softwares are built, data is stored and how it is accessed. As IT continues to play a significant roles in how companies operate, cloud based platforms and infrastructure have helped companies to streamline their operation, become more efficient and thus reduce IT operations cost. November is coming to an end and we are a month shy from 2017. In the year gone by, there has been rapid changes in cloud migration and cloud allied strategies. Below are the top 5 trends of cloud computing in 2016.
1. Rapid Growth in the Adoption of Cloud Computing The availability of cloud based application (big & small) are in abundance these days. According to reports published by Gartner, there has been a 250 percentage increase in revenue from worldwide cloud services in the last two years. As of today, a significant number of organizations intent to migrate to cloud based applications. The adoption of cloud storages and applications have helped CIO’s cut down unsustainable overheads on data storage, a prime consideration for driving adoption of cloud computing.
2. Go Mobile – The Latest Mantra
Smartphones and tablets have become a basic necessity of life. Our lives revolve around these gadgets such that they have now a major impact on how business is transacted. Employees who work at sites away from office prefer to get work done on the go without having to step into office. Companies are tapping the benefit of convenience and productivity using mobile compatible cloud based applications. Ability for application to work on mobiles is a key thrust area when designing cloud enabled application
3. Social Tool, Cloud and Collaboration The rapidly and ever changing cloud computing technology is considered to be one of the core principles of the digital era. The close integration of cloud technologies and analytics has been rapidly growing. In addition to being flexible, cloud based applications are more social than traditional onsite software. In today’s work culture, tools like chat, micro-blogging etc play a significant role in collaboration among peers. As people are getting used to these tools, customers now have begun to adopt these non-conventional modes to communicate with prospects and fellow employees.
4. Best of Both Worlds, Hybrid Cloud the Preferred Mode Hybrid cloud computing has been gaining popularity and is still the most preferred mode of deployment among big enterprises. A hybrid cloud is a combination of public cloud and private cloud for data storage and retrieval. It thus provides the benefit of cost saving and convenience offered by public cloud and the ability to add layers of security and customization on the private cloud. With this architecture, enterprises are able to house critical and sensitive information on their private cloud and non-sensitive information on public cloud. With the twin ability of security and convenience, more companies are opting for this mode of deployment more.
5. Security and Data Privacy Key Focus
In today’s world of cyber hack and data theft, data privacy continues to be the key concern when companies strategize their migration to cloud. With advent of new technologies, cyber criminals have become smarter. To mitigate this risk, cloud providers and cloud enabled applications are incorporating mechanism for a developing a secure cloud computing ecosystem. The age old adage, “change is the only constant in life”, is apt for technology changes too. Cloud computing methodologies are rapidly evolving with every passing year. The future of computing may be hard to predict, but cloud computing will continue to have significant impact on IT strategy of every CIO in the years to come.