In case you hadn’t heard, 2018 is predicted to be a big year for cloud computing. In fact, the total global public cloud market will be $178B in 2018, up from $146B in 2017, and will continue to grow at a 22 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to Forbes. With 79 percent of companies now running workloads in the cloud, split almost evenly between public and private cloud, what does the new year hold for cloud computing? Here are some 2018 cloud computing predictions:
The Hybrid Cloud
There has been a lot of hype around the hybrid cloud, and that’s only expected to grow in 2018. The option for enterprises to have applications run in different infrastructures, like public and private clouds is enticing. Multi-cloud, with different workloads running in different clouds and being managed separately, will become the dominant mode in 2018, while true hybrid clouds will start to emerge, according to IT Security Guru. These hybrid cloud setups will help to better blend environments and improve overall efficiency.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the hot topic that’s not going away in 2018. AI is already everywhere, and in 2018 it will be embedded further into IT analytics systems, making IT even more proactive. According to IT Security Guru, through predictive analytics, IT and cloud application owners will receive actionable information and recommendations. Add to that the ability to automate their response, and the power of AI becomes far more relevant. Amazingly, 2018 is on track to be the first year where machine learning and AI plays its first meaningful role in our ability to manage the cloud’s complexity.
This is predicted to be the year serverless computing makes its way out of the public cloud and into on-premises data centers. In fact, major companies, like Microsoft, are already trying to make this possible. This ability is currently available in the public cloud, and in 2018, we’ll see serverless computing start to appear in private cloud deployments as well, according to IT Security Guru. Widespread adoption will likely begin to take place throughout the year as serverless computing and the continued growth of the cloud put pressure on business owners to keep up with the fast-paced nature of our increasingly digital world.
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