Once upon a time, clouds were unreachable. Today, almost everyone can access it. It comes in the form of an online storage and more. The cloud is everywhere, sprouting a world of its own inside the vast cyber world. It was only three years ago when people were still skeptical about how the cloud would come into life or what use it may be. Now, there is only a little number of businesses, companies and organizations which are not using or in the cloud. Business owners are slowly realizing the importance and need of the cloud for their businesses, using it not only as a place to store data and important information but also to access applications in their shared network.
The cloud is still currently evolving, so should strategies of enterprises. And here are 6 ways on how cloud computing will evolve this year, as laid out by IT Services Australia:
Multi-cloud strategy is basically the use of more than one cloud computing services. It can also generally refer to a mix of public infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environments. Multi-cloud strategy prevents loss of data and downtime, as well as the ability to avoid vendor lock-in concerns. It is also largely driven by enterprises’ broader business and technical goals for their betterment in the future, taking advantage of the speed, capacity or features offered by a certain cloud provider. Some may even use multi-cloud for data sovereignty reasons. All in all, multi-cloud strategy gives the ability to find the optimal cloud service for a business and technical need.
The purpose of having industry-specific clouds are very simple, to cater the unique needs, capability requirements and specific regulations of different industrial sectors. This is because not all industries work alike. Now, the cloud is not only for businesses. Life sciences, legal practice, government, healthcare, financial services and insurance are now using industry-specific clouds.
Move to Private Cloud
Moving to a private cloud is also one evolution to look out for this 2018. What is with private cloud that makes it different from a normal cloud? A private cloud is only for a specified client, to which they can operate it involving a distinct and secure cloud-based environment. Only a single entity such as organization, company or yourself, can access and operate with greater control private clouds ensuring privacy with it. They are higher in security and privacy, giving more control, improved reliability, thus proving also to be a cost and energy efficient strategy for companies big and small.
Another evolution of cloud computing is by invisible infrastructure. Now what would invisible infrastructure be? Yes, it’s a thing nowadays because some organizations are looking for or gravitating towards hidden or invisible infrastructures. This is all because they want seamless integration of cloud, on-premises and hybrid infrastructure, which allows the users to go on with their business operations with no regard of application location.
Diversified IT Environments
When IT environments first started or broke into mainstream, their structure were just standard and not needing much requirements compared to today. Now, developers are more and more leaning towards using diverse types of IT environments as the cloud continues to expand in the cyber world. Diversified IT environments are helping solve individual business limitations and give flexibility to use the best tools and infrastructure that an enterprise needs. This is an answer to the increasing need of cloud storages because of enterprises and organizations migrating more workloads to the cloud to achieve greater production and uptime.
What do you get when you combine on-premises private cloud and third-party public cloud services? Yes, it’s hybrid cloud. It orchestrates the two platforms, allowing various workloads being worked on between private and public clouds. This kind of strategy not only helps businesses be flexible financially, but also opens more data deployment options and very valuable for big data processing, getting most out of the containers.