Here’s to 2017 and what a big year it is expected to be for the cloud. In fact, GeekWire called cloud computing an innovation equivalent to the internet, and went on to say that it’s going to experience continued growth throughout the new year.
Despite the expected increase for cloud computing, data centers will still be in existence given the number of enterprises using a hybrid solution. And while one vendor previously dominated this market, competitors are aiming for the top.
Here are some other cloud trends to keep an eye on in 2017:
Big public cloud providers will see a large uptick in revenue. In fact, revenue from public cloud services and software as a service is expected to reach $236 billion by 2020, according to Forrester. And public cloud spending is predicted to balloon to $522 billion by 2026.
Amazon Web Services sits on top of the market. AWS is reportedly on its way to hit more than the $12 billion in revenue accumulated in 2016, in 2017. Microsoft Azure trails directly behind, landing in second place. However, Google is looking to grab that top spot with new and updated features.
The cloud will be utilized for production workloads. Although cloud services were at first primarily used for testing and development, they are being utilized more and more for production. That trend is expected to continue, according to GeekWire.
The list of computing resources available “as a service” will not stop growing. The more public-cloud providers grow their list of solutions, they may lose some partners. However, this won’t stop the trend. And Cloudwards reported that software as a service (SaaS) is forecasted to be the future as demanding schedules mean that professionals need the ability to work anywhere, at any time.
Machine learning, containers will become more crucial. GeekWire reported that machine learning will grow and become more vital given its big data and computing requirements; therefore new strides are predicted to be made when it comes to developing image recognition and voice interfaces.
Everyone wants a voice interface. Developers having the ability to access voice-interaction cloud services will increase their use in apps. And perhaps we will eventually see them incorporated into a smartphone.