Over the past 5 years, cloud computing has grown to become a huge part of the business world. As of today, cloud computing has elevated to be a key element for the way businesses transform. It has become a model for the way businesses modernize the information technology infrastructures they already have in place. Cloud computing investments have also grown and will continue to do so.
These changes are just the beginning. Here are 4 cloud computing trends to expect for 2020.
Utilization of containers
Recently, organizations have begun to show increased interest in containers that you only have to build once, but run anywhere needed. According to the research firm Gartner, over 70 percent of organizations globally will likely be running containerized applications. In 2019, this figure was less than 20 percent. Additionally, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC), by 2021, 95 percent of new micro-services will be housed in containers.
Since containers make deployment easier, the management and operations of hybrid cloud environments will likely create an increase in container deployment as well.
Interest in hyper-converged infrastructure
Hyperconvergence infrastructure (HCI) is likely to also become more popular. Hyperconvergence is an “IT framework that integrates storage systems, servers and networking into one single platform.” By the end of 2020, Gartner suggests that nearly 20 percent of the applications critical for business that are “deployed on 3-tier IT infrastructure” will be moved to an HCI.
Additionally, research firm Mordor Intelligence suggests that the HCI market could experience a CAGR over 13 percent by 2024. This is due to the trend of HCIs becoming more recognized as the perfect alternative to a traditional public cloud.
Use of edge computing
Cisco suggests that the amount of IP network-connected devices will increase to a figure that exceeds the global population by 2022. A Gartner study backed up this prediction with one of its own: that there will likely be 25 billion devices connected to IP networks by 2021. All of these devices will produce a vast amount of data.
Another study by research firm McKinsey reported that every second there are 127 newly connected IoT devices. With so many IoT devices, there is no shock that data centers will be impacted as companies will need to begin to build smaller data centers that are located at the edge of the internet—in other words, close to the action. Edge computing will become such a fabric of the internet world that Gartner suggests 75 percent of data created by enterprises will be created and stored in the edge.
As business becomes increasingly more digital, downtime costs are becoming higher. IBM reported that, on average, data breaches cost a company $3.92 million. Gartner further suggests, depending on the business, that each minute an IT department is down costs the company $5,600. GDPR has mandated that businesses need to care for their clients’ data. To ensure that their data is cared for properly, organizations need to make sure they are both confident in the plan(s) they have in place and are legally compliant in their methods.
This is where Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service, which is “an automated DR strategy can significantly reduce the recovery time,” comes in. By the end of 2020, IDC suggests that the DRaaS market could reach $4.5 billion and increase by 15.4 percent by 2023.