5 Cloud Computing Trends to watch this year

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With its widespread adoption on business and consumer levels and industry estimates putting it at 50% of all IT expenditure in the coming year, Cloud Infrastructure is clearly here to stay.

lt is an evolving technology, however, and knowing these cloud system trends gives valuable insight into where the technology is going.

1. Cloud computing is continuing to grow

Cloud computing is an affordable, adaptable and efficient technology, which contributes to the widespread adoption of the service. However, cloud computing has not yet reached total ubiquity, leaving room to grow in 2018. Businesses that have been late to adopt cloud computing will move to cloud-based systems, such as house server solutions, which have more costly upkeep.

Other technological innovations will also make transitioning to the cloud easier than before, resulting in a seamless undertaking of cloud services. High-speed internet connections, for example, will allow for on-site data to be uploaded faster, cutting down on set-up time. Overall, cloud computing will improve to be even more appealing to sceptical business owners, thus expanding its global reach.

2. Many systems are moving from cloud adaptation to cloud optimisation

Considering the potential for cloud computing, near-ubiquitous adoption is only the first step in its global growth. With this potential comes room for optimisation.

One of the ways this optimisation has already been realised is through increases in cloud storage capacity. Cloud server farms are growing and increasing in number, expanding the storage capabilities of cloud solutions, as well as lowering cloud storage costs.

3. The Internet of Things is set to expand

Hardware requirements for cloud-based functionality are minimal and so cloud integration into everyday objects will be a great leap forward for the Internet of Things. Remote cloud computing allows for high-level processing work to be done in real time and streamed back to the sender, as a “hardware as a service” model.

This presents a host of opportunities for the Internet of Things: a TV could effectively run intensive video games or render 3D objects through cloud computing, as a super computer would be streaming that data back over the cloud.

4. Internet speeds will need to increase to meet consumer and business demands

Cloud computing relies on connectivity, and better internet speeds allow for more extensive applications of cloud-based technology. Internet Service Providers will need to keep up with the growing demand for high-speed internet solutions. This is additionally a key reason for private connectivity being such an important strategic investment. Any business that employs cloud technology simply can’t afford the risk of an unreliable connection. Mobile internet advancements will also allow for cloud computing to expand outside of the home or office.

5. Adoption of hybrid cloud technology will continue to grow

Hybrid cloud solutions offer many organisations a cost-effective way to benefit from cloud computing while retaining existing on-premise infrastructure. According to Gartner, 90 percent of organisations will have implemented hybrid cloud infrastructure by the year 2020. This increase in popularity makes sense, given the diverse needs of businesses and the flexibility afforded by hybrid cloud solutions.

Cloud technology is an incredible leap forward for technological innovation, but what the cloud represents is more impressive. The cloud's potential to revolutionise how we interact with information systems in our homes and business is a cornerstone to its widespread success.

In order to find out how adopting or optimising a cloud ecosystem could help your business, speak to a POST Telecom expert.

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