2021 has been a pivotal year for the cloud, playing a vital role during this pandemic.
Cloud computing has gained significant popularity over the last few years as its applications continue to soar in big data and artificial intelligence.
Changes in cloud computing services are now moving the technology into a new phase of innovation and development.
Cloud computing has significantly impacted our lives in the past few years. It has transformed education, banking, health, and agriculture sectors among many others. With the inception of online classes and tutorials, the reach of education has increased manifold. Banks have been able to store and manage transaction records securely. Healthcare delivery services have improved due to efficient management and storage of patient data sourced from lab reports and even wearable devices. All this progress has been made possible because cloud computing has enabled stakeholders to take advantage of data and applications available on the cloud instead of setting up a costly physical infrastructure. Listed below are five of the hottest changes in cloud technology you’ll witness in 2021 and beyond:
Edge computing refers to the installation and use of computational and storage capabilities closer to the edge, i.e., the endpoints where the data is gathered or where an immediate response is required. Edge computing is an emerging cloud trend that involves building localized data centers for computation and storage at or near where they are needed. This offsets the load on the cloud and improves the deployment and running of a wide array of applications. Instead of relying on centralized networks, computing and management are handled locally.
2021 has made it clear that consumers don’t just view organizations as a catalog of their top goods or services, but also as a representation of values. Companies initially shifted some of their simple workloads to sustainable cloud to check viability of doing so and to make an organization efficient. However, now that the simpler projects have been established on the cloud and are up-and-running, companies will now be shifting the more complex applications to the cloud in the hope of even better workplace efficiency.
While a multi-cloud approach leverages the differing allowances of different providers—regardless of public or private cloud, a hybrid cloud approach categorically focuses on taking advantage of both, the private and the public cloud.
A lot of companies are investing in hiring talent and forming teams for development of cloud applications. However, depending on the quality of the cloud-technology squad not every company is able to tap out the true potential of the cloud. Companies will now prefer taking Software-as-a-Service from leading IT service providers for cloud applications to maintain quality in their applications and also to reap maximum benefits from their cloud infrastructure.
More organizations will develop entirely cloud-native applications with little to no architectural dependence on a specific cloud provider. The feasibility of developing one app that does everything for a company is being put to test. For every release, the testing time increases with an increase in utilities, causing delays and even making the software outdated by the time it hits the production environment. Developers are now looking at microservices on the cloud that perfectly handles one or a few such tasks at a time. A business service can be a combination of one or more microservices. This way, updates can be released quickly because only the specific microservice has to be tested before release.
Some cloud providers may be exceptionally good at a service whereas others may not be that good. For instance, while IDrive is specialized in backups, Google Drive is the best for collaborations. In 2021, companies will begin realizing that engaging with a single cloud provider may not be the best strategy to implement the cloud. Moreover, having different cloud services will also save your business from a complete blackout of data in case of a maintenance timeout on one of the cloud servers.
Cloud computing is in for some major changes in 2021 and beyond. Now that you have a heads-up about what to expect this year, it is time to make sure that your company at the right pace with the latest industry trends.
Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.