The Future of Cloud
You can’t see it, you can’t feel it, but you know it’s there. The “it” we’re referring to isn’t some form of indescribable emotion, but rather something that is shaping the future of technology as we know it - the cloud.
Since first hitting the scene in the early 2000’s, the cloud has rapidly transformed the way we work and live. What began as virtual computer rentals through Amazon Web Services and Google Docs functionality becoming available to the public has now revolutionized the technology space into a multitude of SaaS platforms, virtualized computing infrastructure, and outsourced data storage. In fact, a study conducted by Gartner predicts public cloud spending will exceed 45% of all enterprise IT spending by 2026, a steep increase from the 17% average in 2021. And this is only the beginning of how the cloud will shape our personal and professional lives.
In this blog post, we’re breaking down which cloud computing trends you, or your company, should keep an eye on.
Multi Cloud Solutions
The term multi cloud refers to the use of two or more cloud storage solutions in a single architecture or server location. Multi cloud can also refer to the distribution of cloud services across multiple applications. In the Flexera State of the Cloud Report, it was noted 92% of organizations had a multi-cloud strategy in place or underway halfway through 2021. These numbers are only expected to grow as businesses continue migrating their operations to multi-cloud environments in an effort to distribute their workload. Other benefits to adopting a multi cloud strategy include improved disaster recovery capabilities, additional layers of redundancy, and the ability to avoid vendor lock-in.
Hybrid Cloud Solutions
A hybrid cloud environment occurs when an organization uses a combination of on-premises infrastructure in addition to public and private cloud services. The State of the Cloud Report also indicated 82% of large enterprises had adopted a hybrid cloud infrastructure by mid-2021. In doing this, businesses are able to take advantage of the flexibility of the cloud to better leverage where and how their data is stored. You may be more familiar with this infrastructure than you realize! Hybrid cloud solutions allow for secure storage of data in hybrid or remote working environments, which are continuing to be more prevalent in society.
Increased IoT Connectivity
We’re more connected than ever before. In fact, a study conducted by Statista found the number of connected devices worldwide is projected to reach 30.9 billion by 2025, which is a sharp jump from the 13.8 billion devices tallied in 2021. But what does this have to do with the cloud? All data storage and collecting actions that take place between IoT devices occur within the cloud. A majority of IoT devices use a significant amount of sensors to collect data and base decisions on that data. With the scalability and flexibility of the cloud, data processing can occur in a more efficient and cost-effective way.
As the cloud continues to grow in scale and popularity, so do the number of security risks. The most common security risks associated with the cloud include data loss, misconfigurations, credential theft, access control, and more. One way to minimize risk exposure is by implementing a DecSecOps strategy. In fact, 45% of IT security stakeholders believe a DevSecOps methodology would help improve the security for their cloud environments. What does this look like? A DecSecOps strategy involves the automation of security processes and procedures at every stage of the software development lifecycle to strengthen the security of cloud-based systems.
As the world continues to shift towards cloud-based services, it’s critical for organizations and individual cloud users to keep steady pace with the new wave of digital transformation.
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