Top 4 cloud computing trends in 2019

Cloud computing is growing like wild fire and there are specific trends that coincide.

From startup companies to enterprise companies, business owners alike are noticing the cloud’s associated benefits and are considering using the cloud to enable their digital transformation.

Owners are realizing that the failure to advance their technology may cause them to fall behind their competitors.

As a premier Citrix Service Provider (CSP), we have access to insight that puts us at the forefront of business technology trends. What we’ve consistently seen is that ‘cloud’ has been the top trending buzzword amongst organizations due to its positive impact on those who choose to migrate to the cloud.

Upon our return from this year’s Citrix Summit event- we’ve decided to pull together the top 4 trends we’ve uncovered about cloud computing in 2019 to share with you here!

Cloud computing is redefining business

There’s no question that cloud technology is redefining the way we do business, including the sharing, storing, and accessing of data to remote locations.

The cloud has become a “must-have” technology for modern day business and will continue to exponentially grow this year.

A recent Gartner report forecasts that the cloud services market is predicted to grow 17.3% ($206 billion) in 2019.

This statistic is up from $175.8 billion in 2018, which is largely due to the clouds flexibility and simplicity.

Some additional benefits that have made the cloud so in demand are:

  • Reduced costs
  • Optimized collaboration
  • Improved Security
  • Streamlined integration
  • Improved Scalability

Let’s dive in deeper. We’ll now take a closer look at the top 4 cloud computing trends in 2019.

  1. The “As a Service” cloud solution will continue to rise

Companies are gravitating towards SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) to support their business operations.

The “as a service” solution formula will play a critical role in the increase of cloud solutions this year.

For instance, SaaS is a software that is licensed on a subscription basis. It is sometimes referred to as “on-demand software” and is centrally hosted. This service eliminates the need for users to own and maintain hardware and, according to The Brian and Companyit is predicted to increase growth by 18 percent by 2020.

PaaS is similar to SaaS in which a third-party provider delivers software and hardware tools needed for application development. PaaS deployment is suspected to rise from 32 percent to 56 percent by the end of 2019.

Lastly, IaaS is a service where users can rent computer hardware such as:

  • Servers
  • Networking technology
  • Data center space
  • Storage

As predicated by StatistaIaaS is expected to reach $17.5 billion this year, being the fastest-growing segment of the market (27.6 percent growth).

Additionally, Research Director at Gartner, Sig Nag, stated:

“The increasing dominance of the hyperscale IaaS providers creates both enormous opportunities and challenges for end users and other market participants.”

  1. Hybrid & Multi-Cloud solutions will be the go-to choice

Shifting everything to the public cloud can be a daunting task. There are certain organizational requirements to consider, and the public cloud is not a one-size-fits-all type of solution.

This will make the hybrid cloud the top choice in 2019. More businesses will opt-in for the hybrid cloud due to its transition solution. The hybrid cloud combines an on-site existing infrastructure with private and public cloud services.

This will make an organization’s transition to the cloud a breeze as they can go about their cloud migration at their own pace while staying efficient and flexible.

However, the multi-cloud will be the next initiative in the evolution of the cloud.

The multi-cloud environment provides users the ability to run and control data or a workload on any public, private, or hybrid cloud, depending on an organization’s technical requirements.

Citrix predicts:

75% of organizations will have moved to a hybrid or multi-cloud model by 2020.

A company can have multiple public and private clouds or multiple hybrid clouds, all either connected or not. We can expect multi-cloud strategies to dominate in the coming days.

The organizations who will win at networking are the ones who choose either the hybrid or multi-cloud solutions as these are the optimized solutions that will dominate this year.

  1. Backup and Disaster Recovery will be a priority

Backup and Disaster Recovery will be a major concern for the year 2019.

We never know when Mother Nature (or a hacker) is going to strike, so it’s important that your company includes a backup and disaster recovery plan to insure full protection through a cloud hosted backup.

Spiceworks 2019 State of IT Report, stated:

15% of the cloud budget is allocated to backup and disaster recovery solutions.

This is the highest budget allocation, followed by email hosting and productivity tools. This substantial percentage reflects the shared responsibility model that public cloud providers operate on.

Public cloud providers (Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, AWS) are responsible for the availability of backup and disaster recovery solutions and security of the infrastructure. Meanwhile, users are responsible for their data protection and compliance.

(If you found this blog by watching our video, then you you’re in luck because we added an extra trend)

  1. GDPR and Security concerns

As technology continues to rise, so will the concern for security. However, many organizations are migrating to the cloud (with the wrong IT provider) without any serious consideration of its security compliance procedures. We say with the wrong IT provider, because the right IT provider will assure that GDPR and security are top concerns.

Due to the introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) that went into effect on May 25, 2018, security concerns require more attention and are essential components to monitor.

However, many companies will have the difficulty ensuring that their data practices fully comply with the GDPR requirements in 2019.

Commvault survey revealed that only 12% of the 177 global IT organizations that were surveyed understood how GDPR will impact their cloud services.

This statistic is staggeringly low. Business owners need to be aware that this is a conversation to have with their current or potential IT provider.

When searching for an IT provider, make sure to ask about GDPR requirements and how to fundamentally prepare data within your organization. If your current IT provider gives you a hard time about this question, consider a new provider.

This causes GDPR to be an important factor in 2019. Organizations must assure their data practices are compliant and safe.

According to a Gartner report:

By the year 2020, 99% of vulnerabilities exploited will continue to be ones known by security and IT professionals for at least one year.

Final thoughts

As previously mentioned, cloud technology is revolutionizing the way we do business, and companies are taking advantage of cloud services to tackle their daily business objectives.

By the end of 2019, cloud services will be the default way to do business, as they provide better data security, and storage all while streamlining workflow to help businesses become more productive, flexible, and efficient.

If you want to position your business for success, then it’s time to shift to cloud-based services.

Don’t forget to pick your provider with care- learn more about cloud-based services and solutions by calling a Mindcore Citrix service provider CSP at 973-664-9500 or learn more about the cloud here.

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