Seven cloud computing trends without Chat-GPT being mentioned?
And yet, here they are. Super-advanced AI language models running on cloud-native infrastructure aren’t the only sexy cloud trend in town!
With these seven new-coming cloud computing trends, even the editors of CIOReview will be dazzled. What are they? How do companies benefit from them? How are they rewriting the cloud computing history as we know it? Let’s dive into them!
Why is cloud computing growing so fast?
Time for a short history lesson: Cloud computing was introduced in 1996 by a Compaq computer executive, but it wasn’t until Amazon’s Elastic Computer Service (EC2) came into town back in 2006 that the concept took off in popularity.
In the good old days before cloud computing, companies needed to purchase physical servers for storing and processing data. It was the Dark Age era for computing.
Accessing computing resources on-demand with incredible convenience, closer to the end user, and with high cost-effectiveness forged a new era — The era of cloud computing.
Becoming the new favorite digital playground for developers, cloud computing sparked the revolution.
It’s the long-waited rocket-fuel scalability and innovation needed to achieve their hyper-growth, bringing new technologies like serverless computing, cloud-native applications, and data gravity to life.
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7 cloud-computing trends to watch out for
1. Serverless computing
Serverless computing, aka FaaS (Function-as-a-Service), is a computing model where cloud infrastructure management and dynamic resource allocation are all done on the provider side, leaving developers worry-free.
Companies dealing with event-driven or batch-processing tasks love this cloud computing model because of its flexibility to unpredictable or intermittent workloads.
Because of its scalability, reduced operational burden, and reliability, serverless computing is a modern go-to method for building microservices and APIS and crushing the time-to-market stats.
Think of it this way: Serverless computing is like the Uber of cloud computing. You don’t have to worry about managing servers or underlying infrastructure. Just hop in, get the computing power you need, and enjoy worry-free coding.
2. Edge computing
Who says cloud computing isn’t living adventurously on the edge?
Taking the Bear Grills component out of the way, edge computing is taking some of the computing power and data processing away from the centralized “party” (the central servers) and moving it closer to the source or the “edges” (devices).
- Faster real-time data processing
- Faster decision-making
- Supreme privacy and security
- Dirt-cheap data transfer and storage
Think of it as the social butterfly of cloud computing. It loves interacting within the network, but also knows when to retreat to the edges for some peace.
Some developers even call it the Russian dolls of cloud computing.
It’s like playing Tetris with your code, stacking your apps inside of one another, making them more efficient, consistent, and portable. Containerization is super-lightweight and doesn’t need any supreme computing power for deploying or managing your apps.
Reasons, why developers love containerization, are:
- Consistency — The app development environment is consistent throughout the lifecycle, no matter the underlying cloud infrastructure.
- Isolation — There’s a high degree of isolation between the host system and the app, which improves security and reduces inter-app conflicts.
- Dependency management — Containers glue all of the required dependencies to the main application. It makes coding struggle-free when it comes to dependency management and update.
- DevOps integration — Containers and DevOps are turning out to be like two pieces in a pie. It’s the little manual intervention with more efficient app creation, deployment, and management that DevOps devs love about containerization.
4. Multi-cloud management
Think of it this way: It’s like juggling multiple balls but with cloud platforms and app deployment.
Don’t panic, though! Multi-cloud management tools ensure harmonious, resilient, secure, and efficient application processes.
They are flexible, cheaper than street Ramen, and secure like the Fort Knox side of cloud computing. And companies are falling in love with it. Monitoring and managing multiple apps across multiple clouds, all while escaping the greedy claws of vendor lock-in, this cloud computing trend is going to explode in popularity!
5. Serverless security
Serverless security — The Oni-chan, the Robin, or the Pochita of cloud computing. It’s the developer’s favorite superhero sidekick.
With serverless security, developers can sit back, relax, have a cocktail, and focus on building the code and securing data, instead of worrying about the security of the underlying infrastructure. That’s the cloud provider’s job!
Many cloud providers bring industry-grade security services on a silver platter, without any additional costs.
It’s like having a security guard on duty 24/7, monitoring and logging the behavior of your application and security incidents without the expense!
Also read: What is Cloud Security and How to Secure the Cloud Computing?
6. Data gravity
Here’s Einstein’s theory of cloud computing: Data has mass and attracts other data and applications to it. When data is born, there’s a tendency to create applications and other pieces of data around that initial source. It’s how the data lakes are made. It’s like gravity waves but in cloud computing.
When you have a high concentration of data in one place, it’s increasingly difficult to move that data to another location. It requires an immense amount of resources and effort.
In the short future, with companies exponentially producing petabytes and petabytes of data, the effects of data gravity will be more pronounced, leading to cloud providers bending over backward to conquer this cloud computing effect.
7. Cloud-management services
Carving your way as a company in the cloud computing world is like putting a beginner camper in a desert with a Swiss knife.
Managing, organizing, and moving resources is an abstract noun for you. But, you must master it, fast, or your company goes straight to the cloud graveyard.
What do you do?
That’s where cloud-management services come in handy. You won’t ever worry about navigating the cloud computing world alone, with features like:
- Resource allocation — It’s like having your own WALL-E cloud bot.
- Monitoring and analysis — 24/7 surveillance of your cloud resources with analysis reports for better optimization.
- Automation and orchestration — Automating soul-sucking management tasks and workflows with a more strategic approach at the click of a button
What does the future look like for cloud computing? TL;DR
As the future of cloud computing unfolds before our eyes, one thing’s certain: Cloud is here to stay for decades to come. From containerization to serverless securities, the possibilities are endless!
Cloud providers being at the forefront of innovation and growth, are pushing more than ever before the known limits of delivering reliable, efficient, and highly scalable cloud solutions, driving the trends cloud-high!
Make you wonder – Will we ever see the final frontier of cloud computing?