As businesses begin to turn the page on 2019 and look ahead to 2020, one of the biggest factors that will determine the competitive landscape will be data center transformation. After all, if you can perfect your company’s approach to storing, accessing, and working with data, you can maximize your employees’ productivity and drive higher ROI as well. This is how to stay ahead of your competitors long-term. And these days, more often than not, the optimal approach to data includes more investment in the cloud.
That brings us to a crucial question – what’s happening in the cloud world in 2020, anyway? What are organizations doing with their cloud strategies this upcoming year that will truly set them apart?
A lot, it turns out. According to a recent report from Spiceworks, entitled “Public Cloud Trends in 2019 and Beyond,” 69% of corporate IT decision makers today believe that cloud services will make it easy for their companies to adopt emerging technologies. And they’re not just leaning on the same traditional cloud services they always have – instead, they’re thinking ahead and trying to adopt the newest trends early. Here are three important ones:
- Edge computing: To put it simply, edge computing involves placing computing resources closer to the locations where they’re needed most – for example, by using smaller and more ubiquitous data centers scattered around the premises to reduce latency and support devices in every corner of your office. Especially given the increase in mobile devices and IoT-connected devices these days, this is a popular option. According to Spiceworks, 32% of all IT offices will have adopted edge computing by 2020.
- Serverless computing: Setting up servers for your company’s data can be pricy, inflexible, and take up too much space. Going serverless means you can invest in event-based services that allow you to scale up or scale down your cloud use as your circumstances change. This way, you’re only calling upon cloud services when you really need them, and no resources go to waste. Serverless computing is expected to catch on with 35% of companies by 2020, per Spiceworks.
- Containers: Running a cloud-based application is complicated and requires a wide range of elements – settings, libraries, allocated computing resources, and so on. Containers represent an easy way to package together everything you need to ensure your employees’ cloud use runs smoothly. They’re lightweight, portable, affordable, and sure to keep your workforce achieving at a high level. By next year, 38% of companies should be on board with this trend.
Clearly, a lot of companies are thinking about the cloud in 2020 – and not just about getting there in the first place. They’re making plans to explore the technology far more deeply and achieve much more with it than ever before.
So where is your business in its cloud evolution? Are you looking to undertake a big migration project, moving your data away from an on-premises data center in bulk? Or are you simply looking to fine-tune the approach you use already, by working in more tweaks such as the ones described above?
At Zones, we can lend a helping hand either way. We offer Cloud Assessments that are designed to help you figure out exactly what your business needs to reach the next level. Our goal is to help you implement cloud solutions that will drive growth, innovation, and ultimately, success.
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