Is cloud computing the future of computing

The future of cloud computing

For a few years now, cloud computing has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the IT scene. Even in tough economic times when other industries are struggling, the stocks of leading companies prove to be stable and sustainable. This is due to the high expectations that are attached to the industry and the continued increasing importance of the branch of business. While cloud computing was a foreign word for many IT decision-makers in Germany five years ago, many companies have upgraded or are planning to set up their own cloud for the company in the near future. It shows that the industry is facing serious changes and that some hopes have not been fulfilled. The question arises as to what the future of cloud computing will look like.

Shrinking diversity and wasted opportunities

When the first companies started developing cloud computing into a new future technology about ten years ago, there was a real gold rush atmosphere in the industry. The competition between the providers for the latest ideas and the best specialists was sometimes vigorous. However, a look back shows that many hopes have not been fulfilled and some opportunities have been wasted. Many of the smaller providers are now on the decline again, while the large IT groups are dividing the market among themselves. Looking to the future is particularly difficult in such a dynamic and lively market, but this trend will continue. In this difficult market environment, startups can at best conquer smaller niches. Unlike the large IT corporations, they cannot raise billions to research new key technologies and poach the best specialists. Nevertheless, they can develop strong core competencies in the said niches, which offer solution-oriented approaches for special tasks and services. One of the greatest concerns continues to be the fear of a serious security breach in which important data is lost or stolen by third parties. It is already foreseeable today that these concerns will not completely disappear from the world, but will no longer be as important as they were a few years ago. This is due on the one hand to the fact that the providers have long since tightened the security measures in the data centers and on the other hand to the fact that dubious companies have gone bankrupt. In this respect, every security gap is life-threatening for the individual provider and is therefore not taken lightly.

Hybrid clouds will continue to grow in importance

It is not only the importance of the smaller providers that will continue to decline. The number of private clouds will also slowly decrease. This is clearly shown by several surveys from last year. Instead, many companies are increasingly turning to the hybrid cloud. The hybrid clouds link services from the public cloud with those of the private cloud. In this way, companies increase their efficiency and can scale much more easily if more resources are required. You can decide more freely whether you want to entrust essential areas to the public cloud or whether you prefer to continue to manage them in a private cloud. Smaller companies particularly benefit from its use, as they can save on personnel costs and the maintenance costs of the technical infrastructure. When using a public cloud, the question of where the service provider is located will play a greater role in terms of data security. This is a direct result of the NSA scouting affair. With the increase in cloud computing, it is already foreseeable that the demand for higher bandwidths will increase. This is the only way for users to quickly query the data. Since then, previously unconventional solutions such as drones and balloons have been discussed, which, with the right technical equipment, should ensure a higher bandwidth in difficult-to-reach or locally limited urban areas.

Continued strong growth

Experts assume that the growth in cloud computing will continue to be strong. This will also be ensured by the Internet of Things, which links numerous devices with one another. Analysts are currently assuming that the wearables market in particular will grow strongly by 2025. Together with hybrid clouds, big data analyzes and other service areas, this will continue to ensure stable growth rates.