Fred Isbell recently spoke about the ‘Aha moments’ he discovered over the last year, and it’s undoubtedly true what he said about cloud computing. I think many of us are still caught up in the hype, but it 2017 and beyond there needs to be a radical change if we’re to take full advantage of the technology. Businesses are using the cloud to thrive at the moment, but let’s drill down on some of the next steps in its evolution where those companies should be focusing on for maximum success.

Accessing the Cloud

In order to access information quickly, communication aided by business broadband systems between computers and the cloud data centers needs to be fast. The only way we’ll be able to do that is by increasing our broadband speed. Although there are multiple ways to tackle this problem, businesses should be focusing on broadband solutions that cater specifically to their needs. You know specialist companies will strive to offer you the highest speeds possible 24 hours per day.

More Content Delivery Networks

This is perhaps the second big thing businesses must rely on when it comes to speed, especially if they’re a global company with offices and customers scattered all across the globe. CDNs will keep on expanding as time goes on until there will be enough data centers everywhere we won’t be affected by time lags. The only thing we need to do now is to wait around until everything is slowly built out.

Private Cloud Services

Large companies have tried switching to private cloud services in the past, but it didn’t take long before they switched back to companies like Amazon to fulfill their needs. They realized private wasn’t as cost effective as they thought, but with more security issues arising it might be worth looking for ways to use private cloud services again. This is especially true in some areas, such as anything related to finance.

Multi-Cloud Commitments

When you only have one option at your fingertips you’re leaving yourself open to lots of potential problems, so we’re going to see more multi-cloud commitments in the future. This will also ensure nobody is locked into anything, which should give businesses more freedom. At the same time, it’s also going to help those providing cloud services stay innovative to help them hold onto customers.

Better Use Of Analytics

We’re now starting to realize a big part of the future is going to revolve around all the metadata we collect, so analytics is going to keep growing and growing as time goes on. It’s also not out of the question to suggest machine learning will be able to do wonders with the analytics available to us. Obviously, the data we collect is already vastly important, but it’s going to take a step up to the next level.

We’ve Had a Few Good Years

You can’t say cloud computing hasn’t revolutionized the way we’ll do things well into the future, but as time goes on it will need to keep up. Everything we’ve talked about today should be the things to pay close attention to at the moment, although something magical might appear out of the blue. It’s going to be interesting to see how all of these affect businesses going forwards.

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  1. Derek Klobucher

    Thanks for the look into the future of cloud computing, Andre. As you said, multi-cloud commitments will likely solve the problem of vendor lock-in.

    But how will users ensure that their data services remain seamless and efficient over different clouds?

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    1. Andre Smith Post author

      Hi Derek, I’d like to think it would work somewhat like how content delivery networks work at the moment. If a company knows it’s always possible to access data from somewhere they shouldn’t suffer any negative consequences due to a lack of speed and efficiency.

      I’ve also got to say it’s almost guaranteed technology we don’t have today will take care of basic problems like these in the future.

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