As the cloud computing market grows, there would be more expectations and pressure on the CIO’s to deliver. Higher customer expectations and the competence will be a building stone for CIO’s in the upcoming years. It is expected that the entire range of IT Enterprises would be cloud-based by 2020. According to a survey by IDC, we can expect 60-70% of all IT Enterprises to be investing majorly in cloud-based solutions by 2020.
The thing to be pinpointed here is how should CIO’s be prepared for facing the challenges and coming up with new techniques that could ease the customers? Below mentioned are some trends, they should start looking at, in order to stand straight in the heavy storm that might follow.
1. Businesses Will opt for Hybrid Based Cloud Solutions
Moving everything to a cloud seems to be a more difficult task. Having all IT services available offline to having it all in offloaded storage and compute to a cloud, is where an IT organization is striking to make a balance. Between these two, there comes a middle ground to settle at. Known as the Hybrid Cloud. With hybrid cloud becoming the next major computing platform, the IT decision makers have a good time. They have everything from increased efficiency to flexibility that could meet disparate needs whenever required. Less risk and lower cost companies can now transform their computational abilities gradually.
The recent survey conducted by RightScale in 2016 indicates a proper business lead with all cloud computing powers would require at least six different clouds. These can be anything from a blend of public or private clouds or multivendor cloud systems such as AWS, IBM or Google. As the adoption rate rises, CIO’s should start gathering enough knowledge about each cloud and be prepared for making the best of all decisions.
2. Cloud Services Will Rise Largely
SaaS, Paas and IaaS will rise indefinitely in the upcoming years. The simplicity cloud provides is a factor that drives this increasing demand insanely. In the near future, we can even expect the cloud infrastructure to become the default web server environment and a game changer for both local and multi-national (mostly international) companies. The open source developers are coming close to create tools that can run platforms in the cloud and hence we could see a large number of applications and projects like Docker or Dokku generating more percentage of total cloud revenues.
If we look at the stats then,
• SaaS i.e. Subscription-based-software-as-a-service has expected to grow at a CAGR of 18% by 2020, according to Bain & Company.
• IaaS i.e. Infrastructure-as-a-service market is also predicted to reach $72.4 billion worldwide by 2020, as said by Gartner.
• PaaS i.e. Platform-as-a-service is also expected to grow from a lower 32% in 2016 to 56% in 2019 as said by KPMG.
In short, all cloud services will grow rapidly and make cloud computing the fastest of all growing platforms.
3. Quantum Computing – The Next Rising Star
Two years ago, IBM came with a quantum computer named: 5-quantum-bit (qubit), now known as IBM Q Experience. This seemed to be something like a toy for researchers than a way of getting things done in a better way. But if we peep into insights, nearly 70,000 users worldwide registered for it back then and now that has quadrupled. All major giants like Microsoft, Google and Intel are rigorously running the marathon to deliver the industry much need abilities smoothly. Seamless data encryption, weather predictions, improvised AI predictions to solving complex medical problems are all capabilities we need to further accomplish. The topic is now about implementing quantum supremacy, where a quantum computer can carry out a task beyond the means of today’s best supercomputers. This would sound absurd but a quantum bit counts for much, much more than a classical bit itself.
4. Security Concerns
As we rise with the technology, security would obviously strike our doors. As we are introduced with GDPR i.e. General Data Protection Regulation, security concerns have risen much higher and are the most highlighted thing to look after. Looking at the advantages clouds provide, businesses are quickly mobbing up the stairs without any considerable security considerations. As predicted by Gartner, 99% of vulnerabilities through 2020 that could rise will be from the IT Enterprises for security concerns only. By the next year, it could be very difficult for small-scale firms to ensure their data is highly protected and is intended for specific uses in compliance with GDPR.
If we briefly look at the stats, 83% of the enterprise workloads will be on clouds. Further, approximately 41% of workloads will run on public clouds while 22% would be running on hybrid cloud platforms. CIO’s will have to face far more challenges than anticipated ones when it comes to security issues.
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