Organizations investing in cloud computing are growing at a rate of
22.8% and it is expected that 62% of all CRM data will be cloud based by 2018. As companies continue to add remote options for employees, it is necessary to understand the future of cloud computing. According to Gartner, “Nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017″.
Continued Growth of the Hybrid Cloud
According to the to the Wall Street Journal, usage of the hybrid cloud is expected to grow 27% annually until 2019. Hybrid cloud computing allows organizations to use both an on-premise private cloud and third party public cloud. Implementing a hybrid cloud platform results in higher security, increased scalability, and ultimately, a better user experience.
This integrated service model allows for maximum efficiency, enabling enterprises to employ public cloud services where operations are non-sensitive. Private cloud services are reserved for more sensitive operations, ensuring your data is safely stored. Reap the strong security benefits of the private cloud, while also taking advantage of the cost effectiveness of the public cloud.
Security as a Service
Wouldn’t it be better to thwart issues before they arise rather than wait for a threat? That’s where the framework of your security comes into play. IT professionals often focus on the tools that create their platform and sometimes overlook the importance of having a comprehensive framework. Using a Security as a Service (SaaS) product proactively prevents problems before they surface.
In 2016 organizations will continue to move beyond traditional IT security practices by adopting Security as a Service to ensure their users are not left vulnerable to cyber attacks. Viewing cyber security from a physical, operational, and device standpoint will likely lead to fewer threats and a wider adoption of the cloud.
Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery
To avoid interrupting the availability of web environments and applications, special attention must be paid to Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery. In 2016, we will see an increase in short-cycled software releases and the practice of making changes in smaller, but more frequent increments.
Daily integrations will become part of the development process which helps to make deployment a less volatile experience for users. It’s like being able to refuel your car while driving without having to stop at the gas station.
Lower risk deployments will help to ensure uptime of software and applications. This will allow organizations to release updates to customers more quickly. That way they can stay ahead of the competition, implement user feedback at a faster pace, and better avoid any risks that are often associated with a new release.
Architecting Applications for High Availability
It’s no secret that in high-demand times, an immense amount of stress can be put on servers. Therefore, load balancing is key to ensuring websites and applications perform on a high level and don’t fail you in periods of increased traffic. Alternatively, you could choose to manually change the DNS records, but this can take hours to come to complete.
By acting as a reverse proxy, load balancing will automatically connect users to the least-used server, resulting in increased capacity and reliability. Doesn’t it make more sense to distribute the traffic among multiple servers rather than putting all the work on one? Ultimately, a thoroughly tested and well-designed application will set you up for higher availability and bring you closer to achieving 100% uptime.
Cloud computing continues to evolve and 2016 will be no different. It’s important to watch for these trends so you can enhance your environment and provide the best experience for your staff, your customers, and potential customers