Top 5 Cloud Trends to pay attention to

Uchenna Ani-Okoye

IT Manager at compuchenna
A former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website .

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For the vast majority of organisations today, their question is no longer whether they should adopt cloud, but when is the right time for them to do it, and what services should they use.

For those organisations that adopted the cloud earlier, it’s in their best interest to review their portfolio, just to ensure they are getting the most value for their money, as these cloud providers are constantly updating what they have to offer. Below are five cloud trends for you to pay attention to.

Service Providers Move to Change Management

The game has been changed quite considerable for many service providers due to the growth of hosted software. Service providers have now become trusted advisers for their customers just like the many deployment consultants.

When it comes to the more complex software deployments, service providers have typically relied on technical support, and for good reasons. But with the introduction of hosted software, this has removed much of the deployment challenges that once existed.

This move has created a number of new opportunities for service providers. As experts on the subject, they are now providing support on cloud deployments that range from best practices to change management for cultural adoption of this new tech.

Enterprise Cloud

Right now, the term enterprise cloud generally means virtualised in-house environments, with aspects of reporting and user self-service. Enterprise cloud is also sometimes described as hyper-convergence.

However, enterprise cloud can really be defined as a common suite of provisioning, design, reporting and management tools, controlling hybrid clouds which allow each service to be controlled and hosted on platforms most convenient. This is the case regardless of whether its hybrids, private, public, hosted, community or any combination of these types.

Enhance Internet Quality & 5G

As the amount of information that is created and stored worldwide is only set to grow in this year to come, consumers also have expectations of receiving much faster and better connection quality from their internet providers. Qualcomm Snapdragon has been working towards much faster network speeds, and we should begin to see an increase in the number of different groups that are working towards this end. As the work in this field increases, we should expect to see some movement towards gigabyte LTE speeds and 5G networks.

With improved network quality we can expect an increase in consumer expectations towards faster-loading, more-responsive apps and services. The best businesses will look to leverage off this, by re-evaluating and upgrading their PaaS, SaaS and website platforms, to make them more responsive. The IoE and IoT industries can also expect to benefit from faster network speeds, allowing organisations in this field to be able to both send and receive data at a much faster and efficient rate.

Managing Multiple Cloud Providers

As more and more organisations increase the number of actual cloud providers they are patronising, we have witnessed the introduction of cloud management services that have the task of providing service management, integration, and monitoring of all the different cloud services that the organisation is using.

These services also offer good problem and incident management, which can be escalated to third-party services, and may also come with asset management for infrastructure and devices.

Simplistically cloud management services are lightweight SIAM (service integration and management), that come with the processes, controls, and principles of discipline, but without the high costs and long contractual agreements, unlike full SIAM.

Cloud Security Challenges

2017 made a name for its self for being the year to experience the most cyber-attacks in history. Attacks like the CIA Vault 7 hack, WannaCry ransomware, and the Equifax data breach are just some of the many attacks witnessed in the 21st century.

We can expect for the years to follow to see more state-sponsored and individual attacks which are aimed to undermine the infrastructure and security of the cloud. As these cyber-attacks improve in their sophistication, we can expect security analysts, in public, government and private sectors to do the same, improving their ability to detect and prohibit these attacks.

Businesses will also start to recognise the huge benefit in investing in these tools, like security information and event management (SIEM), and malware detection systems, as an enhancement of cyber security. These many cloud services are also in the best position to play a role, as managed security providers, offering services to organisations that would otherwise go without the appropriate security measures.

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