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6 months ago by Paul Marks

Top 7 Public Cloud Predictions for 2020

Top 7 Public Cloud Predictions for 2020

As we near the end of 2019, budgets will be renewed and strategic plans for 2020 will be well underway. Now is a good time to be aware of the top trends within Cloud Computing and how you can prepare to invest, to ensure you don’t fall behind your competition, whilst effectively maximising your ROI.

We break down the top 7 key predictions for 2020:

1. Continued Containerisation

Moving into 2020, we will see wider adoption of cloud containers; the technology allowing developers to manage and migrate software code to the public cloud servers.

451 Research recently forecasted a $2.7 billion annual growth in 2020, to 40% comparing to this year. Containerisation is the best solution for businesses using multi-cloud infrastructure, as the technology enables portability between AWS, Azure and Google Cloud, and speeds up software production by adjusting DevOps strategies.

Kubernetes is becoming the biggest trend in container deployment by enabling OS-level virtualisation over hardware virtualisation. It’s clear that container technology will become one of the key development frameworks in the near future, with Kubernetes taking a firmer lead on the competition.

2. Edge Computing will Reinvent the Cloud

Cloud computing can be described as a centralised data centre, remotely running thousands of physical servers. However, one of the biggest opportunities brought by cloud computing is a distributed cloud infrastructure - known as edge computing. Organisations require near-instant access to data and computing power to serve their customers, and they are increasingly looking to edge computing to provide a suitable infrastructure.

IoT requires collection and processing of big amounts of data in real-time and with low latency level, and edge computing is an essential technology for enabling this. By sending only the most important information to the cloud, as opposed to raw streams of it, edge computing will help IoT systems to significantly lower connectivity costs.

Edge computing is not the final stage in the cloud development, but an important element driving mass adoption of the cloud.

3. Mainstream Serverless Adoption

“Serverless computing” can be perceived as a misleading term, as applications still run on servers. Nevertheless, by using serverless computing, a cloud provider manages the code execution only when required and charges for it only when the code is running. By adopting serverless computing, businesses can avoid provisioning and maintaining servers while producing the code.

Serverless computing gained mainstream popularity back into 2014 when AWS unveiled Lambda during its Reinvent Conference, followed by the recent AWS announcement of its open source project Firecracker. Serverless computing is predicted to be one of the biggest developments in the cloud space, however, the serverless transition would require a strategic approach. Moving to serverless infrastructure requires an overhaul of traditional development and production paradigm, meaning outsourcing the entire infrastructure to the cloud.

Serverless computing will be adopted and developed together with a growing amount of use cases, so it’s full potential is hard to predict right now. Currently, available solutions tend to lock customers into a specific cloud provider, but a growing number of open source solutions in this space will provide more use cases for serverless computing across the industry.

4. The Rise of Open Source

Open source software is growing in popularity among enterprises, as an increasing number of organisations are integrating open source solutions into their IT operations or even building entire infrastructures around it. Up to 60% of IT decision makers recently surveyed by Black Duck Software reported already using open source software, with more than half contributing to open source projects.

Open source thrives in the ecosystem created by cloud computing. The growing number of open source DevOps tools and automation and infrastructure platforms such as OpenStack and Kubernetes are playing a key part in fast-growing open source adoption.

As organisations continue to migrate their operations to the cloud, open source will play one of the key parts in IT innovation beyond 2020.

5. The Rise of Quantum Computing

As technological advancement increases, capacity and compute power will have to increase as well to meet future demand.  Enter: quantum computing. 

Quantum computing will allow computers and servers to process information at rapid rates compared to current standards. As the backbone of cloud computing is built upon rapid network systems that do not get backlogged, cloud computing will play a pivotal role in the increase of computational power and compute efficiency.

The increase in compute capability due to the agility of the Cloud is directly correlated to the adoption and increased use of blockchain transactions.

Cloud will become integral as the doorway to innovation for organisations that want to process massive amounts of data in an economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible way.

6. All Things Blockchain

As Cloud Computing is decentralised and scalable by nature, blockchain technology is a natural fit when it comes to cloud development. Many FinTech’s are already harnessing the power of blockchain, specifically when it comes to cryptocurrency analysis and validation. 

The cloud will become the go-to hosting solution for initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other applications that utilise blockchain, specifically in the areas of cryptographical analysis and data security.

It is not just applicable to the financial sector. Companies can and will continue to utilise blockchain technology to bring servers into the Cloud, build custom applications, do large scale data analysis, and produce outcome based tangible results.

7. Mobile as Standard

With technology no longer being a limiting factor, employees of the future will be able to work when and how they like, using specialised collaborative ecosystems.

The business field will demand devices and apps that are effective in the traditional IT field of management and usability but are also fully mobile. Cloud computing will be used here to great effect, along with advanced Ultra-book devices, which are fast and light, along with having a standard PC level of productivity and ample amounts of security and data protection.

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