What Can You Expect for Cloud Computing in 2020?

What Can You Expect for Cloud Computing in 2020?

Cloud computing was undoubtedly one of the most exciting technologies of the 2010’s, with countless cloud solutions gaining popularity and enterprises shifting much of their infrastructure onto the cloud. As we begin 2020, we want to look at how the cloud world will continue to evolve. We’ve listed three of the top developments in cloud computing you can expect to see in 2020!

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The cloud wars begin to shift

During the 2010’s, cloud computing was defined by competition among the top cloud providers — in particular, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. As the hyperscalers grew in complexity, adding more cloud-based services to their portfolios, they sought to distinguish themselves with niche products and integrations with third-party companies. Perhaps the biggest example is the infamous JEDI contract, a massive $10 billion cloud contract offered by the U.S. Department of Defense that Microsoft ended up winning after fierce competition.

Amazon dominated the public cloud sector throughout most of the decade, with Microsoft and Google Cloud trailing behind them. However, in the past few years, Microsoft has slowly been catching up to Amazon in terms of market share. In addition, Google Anthos, announced in April at Google Cloud Next ’19, allows users to manage applications in any cloud environment, including AWS and Azure. Thus, we will look to the gap between the three major cloud providers will continue to shrink.

Multicloud becomes a necessity for solution providers

While whether or not multicloud deployments will gain popularity for enterprises in 2020 is debatable, multicloud deployments for solution providers are a different story. Vendors of products that run on public cloud environments need to be able to accommodate the rapidly-expanding cloud customer base instead of sticking with one hyperscale platform. This has been difficult in the past thanks to the top cloud providers siloing themselves, but an increasing focus on services that enable hybrid cloud and multicloud deployments (such as Google Anthos) indicates that the tide is beginning to change.

The rise in edge computing

The need for real-time data analysis and processing is growing, and for some organizations, the cloud simply isn’t powerful enough for them. Edge computing, a distributed computing model where information is processed closer to its source, has gained traction as a way to address this issue. This is often talked about in relation to Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which often require large amounts of computing power to process their data. We expect that edge computing will become more of a noteworthy topic in 2020 as more companies become aware of its benefits and power. While it’s unlikely that edge computing will eliminate the need for cloud, it will gain traction among large-scale enterprises who need more computing power for their infrastructure.


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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
Daniel Hein