2020 Will Be the Year of Cloud! Here are the Key Trends to Watch

December 27, 2019

Cloud computing industry is evolving at a pace that can be maddening to follow.

The year 2019 proved to be a transformational year for cloud computing. Hybrid multi-cloud has emerged as the key enterprise strategy to move workflows to the cloud while improving productivity, reducing costs, and evading vendor lock-in. These benefits were so wide and clear that hybrid cloud is now estimated to be a more than $1.2 trillion opportunity for business. As of now, more than 80% of enterprises run on a multi-cloud strategy. This growth would not end with 2019, in fact, the momentum is highly likely to accelerate further in 2020 and beyond. More and more businesses from various sectors are leveraging hybrid multi-cloud strategies to introduce applications that can accelerate the digital transformation of their businesses while helping them deliver exceptional customer experience.

Advanced encryption and protection solutions will take the centre stage in 2020 as an increased number of enterprises are considering these solutions to keep their clouds secured in today’s highly threat-prone environment. They will also adopt powerful automation tools to keep their complex cloud ecosystems well synced.

Cloud Services Predictions are louder than ever:

  • The cloud services market will reach $266.4b in 2020. As per Gartner, different forms of cloud computing are among the leading three areas where a considerable number of global CIOs will increase their investment in the coming year.
  • By 2022, nearly 60% of organizations will leverage an external service provider’s cloud-managed service offering, predicts Gartner.
  • By 2025, 80% of enterprises will shut down their conventional data centres and shift to a public cloud.

With that said, let’s dive deeper into the key trends that will dominate 2020, as more and more enterprises ardently continue their cloud journey.

5G will change the face of Cloud Strategies for Enterprises

With 5G likely to pick pace in 2020, more and more enterprises will be able to leverage edge as a part of their hybrid cloud strategies. Edge computing will emerge as the next chapter in the cloud where computations can be performed at a location where data is generated. Retailers will get faster updates on consumer buying trends, factories will be able to perform predictive maintenance of equipment that’s on the verge of a breakdown, and cellphone carriers will become compatible with augmented reality and mobile gaming.

Era of Hybrid Multi-cloud

Companies are adopting hybrid multi-cloud strategies faster than ever, taking advantage of the flexibility to move mission-critical business applications to the environment of their choice — public cloud, on-premises or private clouds. 2020 will be the year of hybrid cloud, with it predicted to be a $1.2 trillion market opportunity and nearly 80 percent of IT decision-makers seeing it in their future. In an era of novel innovations happening in the industry, hybrid multiclouds can offer a seamless experience to organizations and solve critical challenges around latency. This will enable customers to have a ‘cloud-like’ experience across their environments— while not looking at public cloud and on-premise infrastructure as different pieces.

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning will Redefine Cloud

Disruptive technologies like AI and ML will continue to leave their mark across industries in 2020 and beyond. However, there will be a change in the way businesses approach these technologies. Organizations will largely focus on centralizing their initiatives onto a highly robust platform and cloud will surface as the de facto standard. According to a recent survey, nearly 70% of IT professionals believe that AI/ML will function as the primary catalyst for cloud adoption in the coming year.

Cloud Security will be in spotlight

The year 2019 witnesses some major public cloud breaches due to which securing data in the public cloud will be the key area of interest of enterprises in the coming year. With many enterprises migrating more critical workloads to public cloud environments, cloud workload security, threat intelligence and data encryption will take centre stage. Moreover, the shared responsibility models coupled with privileged access management will further raise the bar for cloud security.

The year 2020 will bring many changes to the cloud computing world, and these predictions can act as a blueprint for companies while they gear up for the new year.

To Sum Up!

As we look ahead, enterprises will have wide options at their disposal to accelerate application deployments, facilitate workload management, and optimize security. The cloud era that’s about to begin will deliver value and responsiveness that could only be dreamt of a few years ago.

While some organizations have successfully implemented specific software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions or deployed a cloud-first strategy for novel systems, many companies are struggling to attain the full value of transcending their enterprise systems to the cloud. This is mainly because of the companies’ inability to deploy a transformational strategy needed to get the full value of the cloud. ‘Lift and shift’ aren’t enough to make the most of cloud, and instead can end up in cumbersome and costly IT architectures.

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