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What the Cloud Will Be Facing in 2018

Although recently the emphasis has been playing mainly on the public cloud, still both the private and combined clouds are expected to grow dynamically in 2018 too.

It shouldn’t go unnoticed that the public cloud is taking the bulk of demand in the market, but at the same time private and combined cloud digitization markets have also been actively spreading, and their market positions are expected to strengthen in 2018.

According to Forrester IT consulting company, lately the infrastructure solutions based on cloud technology were not actively utilized by the companies, nevertheless, more focusing on providing the customer with powerful development tools and new technology platforms availability will encourage the clients to pay more attention to the opportunities, provided by cloud in general and by the private cloud tech in particular.

Such prediction is also supported by the piece of analytics, provided by IDC which shows that this year traditional data storages have taken more than 60% of the market compared with public cloud getting about a quarter of the market and private cloud settling for 15%. However, in three years traditional data storages will decrease amounting to the half of total market while public and private cloud sectors will grow up to 30% and 20% accordingly, meaning that cloud technologies are successively stepping on the regular data centers and getting more new customers and projects in the market.

As long as we found out that private and combined cloud will keep growing next year, now it’s time to know how these sectors will behave in detail in 2018.

Clarification of combined cloud tech strategic planning

It looks like, in 2017 each IaaS public cloud customer dedicated most of his efforts to explain his combined cloud application strategy, and the next year was excepted to become a time of implementation.

Microsoft’s release of Azure Stack, a private cloud IaaS platform, after a couple of years of thorough development and calculations, has become one of the most significant events this year. In fact, it was meant to supplement already existing Azure public cloud, and this move has brought success as these days, despite the early presence in the market, Azure Stack is getting plenty of positive feedbacks.

In addition, this year we were observing several cases of cooperation between IT giants, such as Oracle and IBM, Google and VMware and Nutanix, also, Amazon Web Services and VMware on hybrid cloud solutions adoption. Still, it will take some time to analyze which of these interactions are the most successful and how these projects are going to develop in the future, but still, it goes without saying that hybridization of the cloud will become the hottest trend soon.

Searching for the right dose of private cloud

As long as many companies are focused mainly on the public cloud sector now, they are starting to learn more about both its advantages and disadvantages anyway. Moreover, some experts believe that the customers are ready to continue increasing the use of cloud tech in the projects, but in this case, the cloud approach of infrastructure and apps development has to be more elaborated or delivered in a combined way with the private cloud application. It is assumed that such famous platforms as OpenStack, Microsoft Azure Stack, VMware and others will benefit more in future by finding a proper ratio of public and private cloud components in their solutions as they have recently explored the huge potential of private cloud in terms of financial profits and, indeed, private cloud will be used more in various hybrid combinations with public sector.

Combining PaaS and containers

The dominant tendency of the cloud market is to allow customers to implement innovations into cloud solutions and increase profits by using them in various applications. The experts believe that as long as the customer is successfully running cloud-based tech, he may not want to abandon other tools and platforms use due to many reasons including the ability to make more money possessing a broader range of options in data processing and storage. In order to solve this task, the containers which enable the clients to launch the apps in different infrastructure mediums can be utilized. For example, one of the companies, Fidelity, has decided to simultaneously apply PaaS and computing instruments, like Docker and others, to work together. And container trend is going to spread in many sectors where the use of apps is required to be optimized, so it is expected, it will also increase the share of combined public and private tech cloud integration.

Reaching the cloud easily

In fact, the statistics data shows that a very small number of companies are using purely public or private cloud tech. Instead, most of them have projects in both areas. In order to make using the combined type of cloud more effective, it is necessary to modernize and expand the network communication with the cloud. The trend of interconnection is strengthening these days and is expected to gather momentum in 2018 too. For example, IT companies such as QTS and others design and deliver in the market the solutions which enable the customers to reach the public cloud directly. No one will argue that the combined cloud is becoming more common in the IT market. Therefore, the improvement of connections quality between cloud sectors is a prominent priority for the next year.

Public cloud transfer on-premise

Two years ago, we were observing the launch of a serverless platform of FaaS type. It is expected that in the next year, serverless technologies will leave public cloud tech in favor of on-premises data storage facilities. This time many IT companies, including such giants as Microsoft, work on establishing serverless solutions in on-premises as well as in the combined cloud space.

Machine learning is on the way

One more piece of tech which is expected to supplement the potential of a combined cloud next year is machine learning. The companies involved in the public cloud have already explored the potential of machine learning and artificial intelligence by allowing their customers to integrate these components into the apps development process. The next logical step that we forecast to be observed in 2018 is an attempt by both public and private cloud operators to join their experience and efforts in applying ML and AI in this hybrid medium.

More cloud, more data

As long as cloud tech, including combined type, is expected to reinforce its market positions in 2018 and more customers will explore the benefits of using the cloud, the volume of stored data is also going to grow. In order to be ready to fulfill the growing demand for extra storage space, the companies declare a plan to settle additional data centers with more powerful storage hardware. According to Cisco, in 2018, the forecasted overall data storage volume will reach 1.1 ZB, which is about twice more than in 2017.

In a nutshell, growing data storage capacities will impact the related businesses positively too. For instance, FinTech firms will be able to process and analyze more financial information due to increased storage capabilities. Therefore, they will be able to provide more accurate market insights and generate more incomes. Furthermore, the representatives of small IT businesses will also feel the significant improvement of the business environment as extended data storage opportunities will ensure services cost cut.

Data-as-a-Service gaining more relevance

DaaS model is predicted to become more popular next year as data storage techniques are enhanced with the huge potential of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Recently, DaaS was not so demanded as SaaS, IaaS, PaaS were as the market value of DaaS has not been formed completely. But times have changed as in the light of dynamically progressing volumes of stored data, and the opportunities to carry out profound analysis of the information utilizing the advantages of AI DaaS can present the more solid perspective of getting profits for the business.

Internet development progress

Due to the growing data storage capacities in 2018, stimulated by cloud tech spreading, the internet quality and network connection speed are also expected to become better. In particular, it is forecasted that the internet nature will be shifting from gigabyte LTE to 5G, which indeed, will open absolutely unseen online possibilities for the developers and users.

For example, the improved quality of the internet connection will allow customers to enjoy faster-reacting websites, apps, and platforms. Besides, the increased connection speed will contribute to the rest of the sectors, including the Internet of Things. Considering the IoT importance growth these days, as according to Gartner, quantity of IoT devices in the world is forecasted to increase up to 20 billion until the end 2020, it is expected that cloud tech will impact this industry by delivering, for example, powerful personal data storage devices to the customers using which they will be able to store huge multimedia files and other information that is too heavy to be kept on their mobile phones.

Data protection enhancement

The record number of cyber attacks and hacking threats, that happened this year, will be well remembered. However, the experts forecast that the cyberattacks may become even more frequent in the future as the role of digital data is growing in the world. Thus, it is likely it will become a primary target for those who want to damage public authorities, businesses, or private users.

Although the governments and corporations keep installing updates and replacing security software with more advanced and powerful versions, the hackers are developing their techniques too by creating new hacking schemes and tools. It’s hard to say if this competition ends someday in the future, but this time there is no doubt, the companies, public entities, and regular users will be considering all available options to protect their data. And cloud can be the right solution to become more popular in 2018 and in the next years as it can deliver its enormous data storage capabilities to develop wide-scale mechanisms of detecting and preventing numerous hacking threats simultaneously.

As we’ve almost reached the end of 2017, the owners and managers in the IT industry will dedicate most of their efforts to extract maximum profits from cloud technology use in order to gain the expected business results in 2018. In order to stay competitive in the market and to expand business horizons, it may be recommended to keep these trends in mind.

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