Future of cloud computing- Imagine a world where anyone in your organisation can source computing capacity automatically and use this resource to run technology-led projects that will help disrupt your business for the better.
Cloud is the generator for the next wave of technologies, the enabler for all the exciting developments
That’s the vision for the development of cloud computing during the next decade. Movement towards this cloud-first vision of business is already being established. The cloud industry has matured rapidly during the past decade and the technology is now embedded across enterprises, regardless of size and sector.
The cloud is an essential element of any innovative strategy
Take the approach of Alex von Schirmeister, chief digital, technology and innovation officer at retail specialist RS Components, who says his firm is becoming increasingly confident when it comes to the cloud. “Our data no longer needs to be sitting on our own infrastructure and data no longer needs to sit in one physical premise – those days are over,” he says.
Yet the game is far from won. Gregor Petri, research vice president at analyst Gartner, says there is a popular belief the cloud is already a business-as-normal activity. However, this view is a misconception and only a small amount of enterprises run significant workloads on the cloud, he says. “There’s still a long way to go,” says Mr Petri.
The transition to the cloud during the next decade will not simply be a process of lifting and shifting existing on-premise applications. While some legacy apps will have to be transformed to run on the cloud, others will not. Instead, the future cloud is best thought of as a platform for the implementation of innovative technologies and services.
“These new, disruptive technologies, which are too expensive to run today, will make up the majority of things that are running on the cloud in the future,” says Mr Petri. These technologies include application programming interfaces, internet of things, artificial intelligence, serverless computing and new interactive services, such as virtual reality and blockchain.