Cloud Computing: trends and predictions for the year 2020

What are the changes, trends and innovations that await the Cloud Computing market in 2020? Find out all our predictions for the coming year.

In 2020, Cloud Computing will continue to develop and evolve. Some trends will continue, but others will tend to fade. In order to prepare your company for the coming year, and to better choose the components of your Cloud strategy, we offer you a list of predictions

The Rise of the Hybrid Cloud and Multi-Cloud

In 2020, many companies can be expected to turn to the Hybrid Cloud. For good reason, being able to alternate between public and private Clouds according to needs is now seen as the ideal compromise.

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According to Brian Wood, Director of Cloud Marketing at Teradata, companies will diversify their IT portfolios to combine existing on-site systems with Cloud deployments for new projects.

According to Bruce Milne, VP and CMO of Pivot3, the Hybrid Cloud will however be redefined by the software. The hardware will still be needed, but can be located anywhere. The software will take care of the coordination.

SnapLogic’s CTO, Craig Steward, expects multi-Cloud to become more popular than ever. For good reason, companies are turning more and more to different Clouds to meet different needs.

Nevertheless, InfluxData’s co-founder, Paul Dix, does not share this enthusiasm for multi-Cloud. According to him, the development of a multi-Cloud environment requires far too much effort to be profitable

The Cloud and Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will be combined with the Cloud for the following purposes automation and simplification of deployments in 2020.

Artificial intelligence is especially used for networking. Technology allows us to build better networks and gain insights to optimize the use of these networks. For example, energy consumption can be optimised by automating maintenance tasks.

In addition, “explainable” artificial intelligence will enable the emergence of Cloud-based AI services. For good reason, this explainable AI helps to address the concerns related to the ethics of artificial intelligence. All the giants of the Cloud such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon now offer “explainable AI” features for their AI tools and this trend will continue in 2020.

We can also expect Google Incorporates Artificial Intelligence into its Cloud Tools like Google Drive. For example, an AI system to automatically sort files and folders could be created. The automatic correction on Google Docs should also become generalized, while a chatbot could be incorporated into the G-Suite…

The hype around Kubernetes is running out of steam.

By 2020, the deployment and management of Kubernetes clusters should be oversimplified thanks to the appearance of open-source tools created for this purpose. These tools will meet an increasingly pressing need in companies.

Kubernetes should by the way continue its breakthrough in the coming yearand many companies will continue to explore opportunities such as creating serverless applications or automating data orchestration. New functionality may also be added.

Nevertheless, some companies may wonder if Kubernetes is really adapted to their needs. In addition to being complex to manage at present, this tool could also present security risks as it gains popularity.

An unprecedented security disaster?

In 2020, it is quite possible that a massive security breach could create a major security breach in the Cloud Computing market. If this catastrophe occurs, billions of users could have their data compromised….

Cloud providers will therefore have to review their approach to security. For example, password strength requirements could be increased and triple-factor authentication could become the norm.

The architecture of hybrid environments could also be revised to better separate data between Cloud and on-premises environments. Many companies could also move away from outsourcing to forming their own teams of Cloud specialists in-house.

In this context, it can also be expected that the major service providers will decide to acquire small startups specializing in Cloud security. They will then be able to offer new services focused on security .

A fully Open Source Cloud

Clearly, Open Source will continue to dominate the Cloud in 2020. Going further, we can even expect that the Cloud is entirely based on Open Source software by the end of the year 2020.

Open Source companies, on the other hand, could launch Cloud services to monetize their software. As paid training and after-sales service are no longer profitable enough, this strategy may be the most sensible. This is what Evan Kaplan, CEO of InfluxData predicts.

Edge Computing Integrated with Cloud Services

According to Michael Kollar, CDO at Atos North America, Edge Computing can be expected to be integrated into the main Cloud services in 2020. Functionalities traditionally reserved for the Data Center, such as calculation or data analysis, could be carried out at the edge of the network.

For example, an Edge device will be able to take pictures of products on the production line and compare them with images of properly functioning products. If a problem is detected, it can be resolved in real time. This will enable real-time data analysis, improve product quality, increase revenues and customer satisfaction, and lower costs.

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