IT experts and firms no longer consider cloud computing as just a tool because of the considerable changes it brings. Cloud computing has been playing an essential role in data management and goal achieving of companies all over the world in the past few years. Cloud service outsourcing is predicted to continue to evolve at a rapid pace in 2019. If company makes technology-related decisions when moving to cloud or opting for cloud-native development or optimization and wants to prevent unnecessary expenditures and needs for reimplementation, cloud consulting can help.
Do you know what you should focus on next time? Data protection; Storage; Or Cloud transformation. This article is the answer for all these questions.
1. Definition of Cloud Computing
Before jumping to the next part, we should know what Cloud Computing is. According to Amazon Web Services, Cloud is a kind of outsourcing for the purpose of storage, database, applications and other computing resources, which is delivered via the Internet. Cloud has provided an immense amount of information, which is a basis of other dominant technology trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Social Platforms or Blockchain.
While cloud computing services enable you to make use of limited or unlimited storage space through Internet access, including store data and access various resources whenever and wherever you want, it would introduce great risks to your security. At the enterprise level, security in the cloud can be considered the deciding factor in the decision of outsourcing cloud services instead of keeping it within the walls of the office.
According to Gartner’s predictions, $1 Trillion in IT Spending on enterprise software and data centre systems all moving to the Cloud by 2020. It must be a visionary step of enterprise leaders to protect their business’s digital assets from cybercriminals. In 2019, outsourcing cloud services not only strengthen the security but also enable enterprises to enhance business management and development, reduce human resources costs and accomplish their business goals.
2. The major trends in Cloud services in 2019
Now, let’s take a look at three perspective cloud services outsourcing trends in 2019 mentioned in this article.
2.1. The explosive increase in the Cloud Computing Service providers (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS)
According to some reports of KPMG, Gartner and IDG, the number of cloud solutions and services providers will continue to increase in 2019. Let’s take a look at some stats below to have a clearer picture of Cloud market:
- According to Bain & Company, Software-as-a-service (SaaS) will increase by 18% CAGR by 2020.
- SaaS examples: BigCommerce, Gmail, Trello, Slack, Hubspot, Dropbox, MailChimp, Google Apps, Salesforce CRM, Workday, Cisco WebEx.
- Investment in Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) will grow 56% in 2019, while in 2016 the rate is only 32%, according to KPMG.
- PaaS examples: AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Google App Engine, Magento Commerce Cloud, Red Hat’s OpenShift, Heroku.
- 95% of all enterprise will deliver their applications based on the SaaS model, with IaaS increasing to 83% and PaaS, 73%, according to IDG.
- IaaS examples: Google Compute Engine, Magento 1 Enterprise Edition, AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Microsoft Azure.
The market is governed by the law of supply and demand. Therefore, it’s obvious that the cost of Storage-as-a-service is getting cheaper and cheaper as there are plentiful supplies of cloud services. A common problem of start-ups and newly-born enterprises is data storage, which is now solved by the Cloud when more and more businesses decide to move their data to the Cloud.
Most businesses need less than a PetaByte (approximately 1000 TeraByte) of storage for all their data in about 10 years of development. You may think it’s an enormous number? However, this is still too small for cloud storage capacity, just a drop in the bucket! A cloud storage provider usually has thousands of petabytes of storage.
As a result, the increase in demand is proportional to the supply, the price still goes down. Some of the cloud storage providers provide free offers with their users, including personal users and organizations to gain a market share and collect user data.
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2.2. Cloud Services for IoT usage
An IoT platform provides smart devices with remote control and real-time data analytics. There are four typical layers of the IoT stack, including devices, connectivity, core IoT features, and applications.
We can see that large IoT platform vendors tend to provide services with specific cloud computing infrastructure including servers, storage, a network and virtualization software, for example, Amazon and Microsoft. However, almost all smaller vendors tend to collaborate with one or multiple community cloud providers.
IoT is a trend that has been following cloud computing in the past few years | Source: CompTIA
IoT and cloud computing are inseparable when mentioned. Things in our daily lives such as glasses, shoes, cars or houses can be connected together nowadays via the internet and the data from those devices will be stored in the cloud. Every single small change will be automatically sent and stored then will be analysed in real-time on the users’ smartphone and mobile devices.
Cloud IoT is playing an essential role in our daily life
Furthermore, large-scale IoT clouds are deployed in a smart city project. Smart cars, energy-efficient buildings, efficient water supply and improved public safety are typical features of a cloud-based and IoT-based smart city. Some of the most famous smart cities are Dubai, New York, Amsterdam, London and more.
2.3. Hybrid Cloud Solutions as a trend among businesses
According to Microsoft Azure, a hybrid cloud is a computing environment that combines a public cloud and a private cloud by allowing data and applications to be shared between them.
The combination of private and public clouds is called Hybrid Cloud. | Source: ViCloud.
Security and privacy are the two biggest problems that all businesses have to face when they decide to outsource cloud services. The combination of the on-premise private connectivity with the cloud to cloud connectivity is to build a better data management solution for businesses.
- Better agility – Reduces time to access to your business’s data. The accessibility will be much easier, quicker and more efficient, which makes the workflow smoother.
- Cost-efficiency – While on-premise connectivity may cost you a huge price, you can save an amount of money with the hybrid-cloud solution. It allows you to cut the cost of the applications that don’t require a high level of security by using public cloud storage.
- High scalability – While Cloud to Cloud connectivity is able to store an immense mass of information, Cloud to On-premise connectivity allows businesses to store confidential and sensitive data. When those two types of connectivity are combined, they can take advantages of both and power the businesses to grow and scale-up in the long run.
- The control – Businesses are able to take the initiative to move applications to the cloud or on-premise, back-and-forth.
Hybrid cloud is a safer solution for businesses with less risk and a lower cost. Therefore, in 2019, it is anticipated that more companies across the globe will choose the hybrid-cloud solution to optimise their business
3. Security risks of Cloud Computing and How to face them
Though cloud computing has been bringing huge benefits to enterprises, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Security issues have been considered as the most potential cloud computing risks that can alter enterprises because this entirely Internet-based technology makes itself become easy prey for hackers.
3.1. Insecure software interfaces
Hackers could target vendors in case of weak user interfaces (UIs) or application programming interfaces (APIs).
3.2. Insecure stored data, data loss
Digital data are the enterprise’s valuable assets that are stored in the Cloud Storage bucket. Theoretically, they should be securely encrypted on the vendor’s servers when an enterprise uses cloud outsourcing services. However, in facts, very few Cloud Computing service providers assure data protection from hacker attacks.
Hence, before you sign a contract with any Cloud providers, you should carefully study and examine their security capabilities to prevent the risks of permanent data loss, which could devastate your business.
3.3. Access control
At the enterprise level, almost all company staffs who are given domain-based email addresses can be allowed to access data stored in the cloud services provider’s server. When you lose control of who is assigned access privileges, you may get into serious troubles in case of their resignation or even worse, industrial espionage.
To protect your business, you should carefully sort out which type of data could be stored in the Cloud and which one couldn’t. It’s obvious that only decision-makers can access to the sensitive data.
4. Savvycom takes huge advantages of cloud services
At Savvycom, we understand that the efficiency, cost-effectiveness and connectivity speed that it brings to not only organizations but individuals as well. Also, when cloud services are implemented in our products that are delivered to our clients, we can help them to relieve the headache of data management. Applications with cloud services particularly developed for iOS devices by Savvycom help people with time management.
This app is a unique application that manages all of the personal tasks, projects and to-do lists. It features sub-tasking, a powerful mechanism that provides complete control over managing and organizing daily tasks. This gives the ability to keep simple and intuitive to-do lists, or manage more complex tasks/projects and organize them anyway the user prefers.
It’s very easy to backup and share data among different iOS devices quickly via all the popular cloud storage services including iCloud, Dropbox, SugarSync and Box.NET.
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