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Cloud computing trends of 2019

Rachel Pulizzi
14/02/19

Cloud computing offers innovation, flexible resources and economies of scale. But what can we expect to see in this fast-growing area this year? Here’s our run down of the top five trends you’ll be sure to see emerge over the next 12 months.

1. The hybrid cloud

A hybrid cloud uses the public and private cloud by allowing data and applications to be shared between them. Utilising a hybrid cloud allows companies to scale resources without making massive capital expenditures – they will only have to pay for the resources they temporarily use.

2. The evolution of cloud services and solutions

Bain & Company predicts subscription-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) will grow at 18% CAGR by 2020, while KPMG sees platform-as-a-service (PaaS) growing from 32% to 56% this year.

3. Compliance and security

Cloud compliance under GDPR is not going to be easy – and it looks like the cloud will be more vulnerable to attack. It’s important for companies to do their research here and ensure they are as protected as possible.

4. Cloud automation

Automation will make all activities related to cloud computing faster and more efficient. Moreover, it will simplify cloud administrators’ jobs by eliminating manual processes such as sizing, provisioning or backup jobs.

5. Quantum computing is getting closer

The quantum computing market is moving fast – and companies like IBM and Alibaba are leading the way. If these companies are able to effectively implement quantum computing’s power with their cloud services, it could hugely impact the adoption of quantum computing. Our prediction? Watch this space.

With all these exciting trends due to unfold over the coming 12 months, it shows just how important cloud computing and services are to the future of technology.

Read our related blog: The most in-demand tech jobs for 2019

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