Top 5 cloud computing trends for 2018

Cloud adoption has enabled small enterprises and startups to go on a progressive journey to success instead of rushing aggressively to outrun their competitors. CIO’s are now turning their attention to how the use of technology can help them accomplish their business objectives in 2018.

 

With 2017 coming to an end, we have listed The Top 5 Trends in cloud computing that you should be aware of before you dive into 2018:

 

1. Rapid growth in cloud services solutions

 

Business and consumers had access to try early cloud service because (Saas) Software as a Service was flexible, reliable and financially attractive. Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service have also witnessed an exponential growth which expanded the number of cloud solutions available in the public and private sectors. The simplicity and the optimal performance offered by the cloud will see many more organizations take advantage of cloud computing in 2018

As per the Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2015–2020

All the services and solution would be used worldwide to achieve a variety of goals. 2018 will see SaaS as the most common and highly deployed cloud service across the globe. 60% of the cloud-based workloads will be SaaS as per the Cisco forecast, a 12% increase over 2017 prediction. IaaS and PaaS are also expected to increase.  Businesses that want to simplify operations and make it easier for their customers to access services will move more aggressively toward integrating SaaS, IaaS, and/or PaaS into their business processes.

 

2. Bigger cloud storage capacity

 

With Cloud Storage becoming a critical part of doing business, the data storage limit is expected to grow ascending in 2018. As a result, more data centers online with larger capacity storage equipment will be brought by different service providers. The Cisco survey estimates that in 2018, estimated total global storage capacity would be 1.1 ZB, which is approximately twice the space available in 2017.

 

3. 2018 is Internet Of Everything(IoE)

Innovators like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking commented on AI and IoT’s near-term potential and how they played a meritorious role in the tech community. While industry experts anticipate IoT will see its own growth, continuous innovations in real-time data analytics and cloud computing are set to push the internet of everything (IoE) to the fore in 2018. For humans, this will allow us to interact intelligently with every device in a network. Human-to-human communication will also be easier. For e.g: Google’s Pixel Buds(which are expected to be released in late 2017) are a headset equipped with the ability to recognize and translate 40 languages in real-time for its user. IoE will also provide businesses with more insight into how consumers relate to their products or services, customer care units, and one another.

 

4. The rise of 5G

A report drafted by Ericsson on 5G Readiness shows that many operators have accelerated preparations for the new technology, and trials are being carried out by 78 percent of the respondents.

Furthermore, 28 percent of the respondents expect to deploy 5G next year

With the fast internet and superior network quality, customer expectation would be massive. Fast-loading, highly responsive services, and apps would be just minimum expectations. Savvy business owners will evaluate the situation upfront and upgrade their SaaS, PaaS, and website platforms to be more responsive.

 

5. Cloud Security

2017 – Year of more cyber attacks than any other in history

Attacks such as the WannaCry ransomware, the CIA Vault 7 hack, and the Equifax data breach are reminders that cyber attacks are a reality of the 21st century.

We expect 2018 will see more individual and state-sponsored attacks aimed at undermining the security of cloud infrastructures. As cyber attackers become more sophisticated, security analysts in government, public, and private sectors will also have to become more sophisticated and timely in their methods for detecting and preventing attacks. Businesses will recognize the necessity of investing in tools like security information and event management (SIEM) and malware detection systems as fundamental defense mechanisms for cybersecurity.

2018, as expected would witness more individual and state-sponsored attacks targeting cloud infrastructures. Business will recognize the necessity of investing in tools like UEM(Unified EndPoint Management), SIEM(Security Information and Event management) and malware detection systems as fundamental defense mechanisms for cybersecurity.

What do you think would be 2018 cloud computing trends? Let us know in the comments below.

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Cloud Implementation Strategy For Legacy Apps

The last decade has witnessed a tremendous growth in Cloud Migration. Today, Cloud Computing has become one of the most disruptive phases in modern IT and an increasing number of enterprises are adopting the trend to realize cost and scale efficiencies. But, CIOs and other technology leaders face numerous challenges while developing a cloud implementation strategy for their organization in order to meet their business goals.

In this article, we will discuss a Cloud Implementation strategy for legacy applications focusing on the common benefits and challenges of these migration processes.

Assess Individual Application Requirements

Before moving a legacy application to the cloud, it is important to assess the requirements of individual applications taking users and organizational needs into consideration. As the migration process is largely invisible to the users, moving a client-server application to the cloud without assessing the outcomes carefully can lead to higher angst among users. This will affect the productivity and can put future application migrations at risk.

Consider the Application Architecture

Move your traditional applications to cloud only if you see an obvious benefit. Cloud offers operationalized economics, improved simplicity and instant scalability but simply moving a traditional client-server based ERP infrastructure to cloud – as a lift-and-shift operation – without taking appropriate connectivity decisions can have disastrous consequences for users. Most database applications handle network latency poorly and shifting just the server side of a client-server application to the cloud will often increase latency beyond tolerable levels. Also, these types of applications were designed with private data centers in mind and rebuilding so much surrounding infrastructure in the cloud can often negate the financial and simplicity benefits.

Decide a Migration Process

Moving your legacy apps can be done in two different ways:

  • Copying the VMs to cloud and restarting them at the provider: This yields the best outcomes when the speed of deployment is the main concern. But there may be some complexities due to the surrounding infrastructure as mentioned earlier.
  • Rebuilding the application environment from scratch: Legacy App migration is a good opportunity to clean up and ensure that the application operating environment adheres to the latest best practices. Thus, it makes sense to rebuild the application environment considering the organizational goals and budget.

Prioritize the Applications before Migrating

Before you migrate your applications to the cloud, decide the order in which you want to “make the move”. Generally, very few organizations can simply migrate all their applications at once. Thus, prioritization is critical. These suggestions will help you prioritize your applications effectively:

  1. Start with non-critical services: Starting with non-critical services will help your staff get an idea about the overall process and learn lessons that can be applied to move critical workloads. You will also learn about how your cloud service provider supports your workloads. This will help you make the required changes as you move your critical applications to the cloud.
  2. Migrate appropriate services to SaaS: For many companies these days, operating local collaboration environments isn’t effective. Moving to SaaS passes the responsibility of managing servers to the service providers and reduces costs by great extent. But, at the same time, many providers might not offer all the features which the companies are currently using. If your company is running a heavily customized environment, do a feature-by-feature analysis and decide if your company can survive after losing a particular feature. Otherwise, prefer to stay local.
    Likewise, cloud-based reporting services can be scaled to almost unlimited capacity and you won’t have to worry about scaling the local compute and storage resources. Thus, replacing your local data analysis services with cloud-based ones would prove helpful.
  3. Decide the applications that will stay local: Finally, account for those applications that need to stay local. It is important to keep the services like DNS, DHCP, and print servers for infrastructure support and one to two domain controllers for authentication purposes. Many companies prefer keeping the critical items local as a risk management strategy. However, this is starting to change with an increase in the robust and secure working environments.

One of the most critical parts of this migration process is choosing the right vendor to work with. It is important to ensure that your cloud vendor has the capabilities to manage and host your cloud enabled applications whilst helping you to control costs, SLAs and security that your business needs.

Sysfore offers your organization an abundance of cloud-relates skills and insights, covering all aspects of the transition to an environment in which legacy systems and cloud services co-exist. Write to our experts at info@sysfore.com or get in touch with us at +91 (80) 4110-5555 to get free consultation!