In an article that Forbes published on cloud computing trends for 2021, it made the point that artificial intelligence and the internet of things were always going to be one of the leading trends over the coming years, but who would’ve thought we’d be using cloud technology to adapt and survive through vastly changing times. For example, to facilitate remote medicine, contact tracing, home delivery, home working and even home entertainment.
As Forbes says: “Cloud is the backbone of the data-driven, app-based tech ecosystem that has been vital in helping us manage this change.”
Forbes expects more and more businesses to adopt cloud technologies in 2021. It also predicts that the delivery of data from the cloud, to our devices, will become more integral to our daily lives. Here are some ways in which this could play out:
1. Hybrid and on-premise cloud solutions will grow in popularity
Companies have for a while had to make a difficult choice between public, private and hybrid clouds. Each one has its own pros and cons when it comes to flexibility, performance, security, and compliance. But because there’s no one-size-fits-all solution yet people are beginning to choose hybrid cloud options where they can tailor a solution to suit their needs.
2. Artificial Intelligence will improve the speed and efficiency of cloud computing
Artificial Intelligence is a key enabler in terms of how cloud technology will adapt to our needs in 2021. We can expect increased productivity and efficiency as more enterprises turn to cloud-based toolsets.
3. The number of people working on virtual cloud desktops will grow
Managed cloud services are making it possible for work teams to use up-to-date, synchronised technology on an hourly basis. Some of the advantages of this will be never needing to update software or worry about data safety as it’s stored in the cloud rather than on a device.
4. Providers will begin to offer multi-cloud options
As the market demands it, big public cloud providers such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft will need to start offering bridges between their platforms. Up until now, they have taken a walled-garden approach to suit their business models, but companies are starting to see that multi-cloud approaches will give them more flexibility and possibly a better economy.
5. Gaming will increasingly be delivered via the cloud
Just as it’s become possible for music and video to be streamed via the cloud, cloud gaming promises to change the way we consume entertainment media. For a monthly subscription vast libraries of games are likely to become accessible via the cloud.
What can we expect for SMEs in 2021?
Cloud providers expect an increased uptake of the virtual private server (VPS) hosting scenario from small and medium-size businesses. With VPS hosting, you can use your current software with all the benefits of a cloud environment. It’s a best-of-both-worlds setup, in that you don’t need to deploy new software in order to be in the cloud. For that reason, VPS hosting is trending.
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