What We Can Expect to See from the Cloud in 2018 and Beyond
Cloud computing is still in its infancy. While it is readily available on many platforms, many internet users are still choosing to store their files locally instead. Current trends, however, indicate that the cloud is here to stay and is only going to become more widespread in the coming years. Here’s a look at some of the ways in which we can expect to see developments in the cloud in the not too distant future.
1. A Considerable Increase in Cloud Platforms
As the uptake in the use of the cloud increases, so we will inevitably see a rise in the number of platforms that take advantage of it. With an increase in the number of cloud platforms available, we will also see an increase in the variety of platforms. Software and hardware manufacturers will continue to look for ways to bring something new to the market, and we will see more and more innovative ways to take full advantage of what the cloud has to offer.
2. Enhanced Storage Capacity and Functionality
With more people using the cloud, it is only natural that the storage capacity will need to increase. Individual users’ demands are also likely to increase and place more of a burden on storage facilities. As a result, we can expect to see a considerable increase in both storage capacity and functionality. A study by Cisco estimated that cloud storage capacity in 2018 will almost double the capacity available in 2017. This increase in capacity is also likely to mean that costs for bespoke requirements are likely to become less expensive.
3. The Rise of the Internet of Everything
The internet of everything refers to the concept of everything being connected with everything else, be it people, devices, information and anything that can be accessed by the internet. While we are already connected to a degree, cloud computing will enhance such connections. The internet of everything is broader than the internet of things, which is a term describing how our devices are connected directly to the net. The internet of everything will give marketers so much more information regarding their customers’ habits and could give rise to new platforms that will revolutionise the way we shop, among other things.
4. Faster Internet Speeds
The speed of the internet has increased significantly in recent years, and it looks set to continue to improve. The improvement in internet services in 2018 and beyond will be largely driven by the increase in the use of the cloud, and the need for increased bandwidth and faster access and downloading of files. With a fresh emphasis on the need for enhanced internet services, service providers could be unrolling 5G at some point during 2018.
5. Enhanced Cloud Security
One reason for the relatively slow uptake of cloud usage so far is the perceived weak security associated with it. Many people simply do not feel comfortable with having their sensitive information stored on 3rd party servers and choose to store them locally instead. While this reputation is largely undeserved, there will still be efforts in 2018 to improve the security of the cloud further. This will help to provide reassurance that it is safe to use, helping many people to choose to make the switch. In 2018 and beyond, we may see security systems found in cloud servers that you are not likely to find except for the highest security installations.
There’s a good chance that you are aware of what the cloud is and may even have considered using it yourself. In 2018 and beyond, though, there is likely to be far more incentive to make the switch than ever before.