4 Cloud Trends Your Company Needs

4 Cloud Trends Your Company Needs Check out this list of four important cloud technology trends that we believe will be shaping the Workplace of the Future.

 

Security: From Reactive to Proactive


The norm for internet security is shifting away from defensive postures, and companies are finding themselves going on the offensive.


Gartner believes that adaptive security architectures are the way of the future, especially when dealing with the complexity of digital business and the growing hacker subculture.  Playing defense (rule-based security and maintaining a perimeter) will likely be superseded by more proactive methods, including – but not limited to – switching to a “continuous response” mindset and investing across all phases of the security life cycle. As per Gartner, “All organizations should now assume that they are in a state of continuous compromise.”

Hybrid Cloud Strategies Get Easier


Hybrid cloud demand will only increase. It is predicted that hybrid cloud adoption will become the best-of-both-worlds solution for many businesses over the next few years.


Until very recently, the idea of using a combination of cloud services and onsite infrastructure was thought of as playing it safe and a slightly paranoid approach, but businesses can never be too safe when it comes to proprietary or core data that makes your business run. 

 

As if to acknowledge this shift in mindset, cloud providers have now begun to create strategies and practices around hybrid deployments. Industry players are beginning to set guidelines for creating efficient hybrid cloud environments, formulating more efficient ways to combine public cloud services with various internal systems.

 

Six Billion “Things” in the Internet of Things


The Internet of Things (IoT) will reach a major inflection point. Connected devices have already been communicating with each other, without human intervention, for years now. But Moore’s Law and the introduction of sensor chips into even more “things” will accelerate the process.

Information technology advisor, Gartner Inc., believes that 7.4 billion connected devices will become part of the combined IoT ecosystem by 2018, adding 5.5 million new “things” every day until reaching a projected 20.8 billion by 2020. The fragmentation of current IoT platforms will be gradually resolved as a better ecosystem evolves, allowing data to be disseminated between “things” more broadly.

 

As this evolution progresses, security will certainly be an issue. “There is going to be so much data collected that no one fully understands just what it’s going to mean,” explains Marty Trevino, organizational architect and senior strategist for the National Security Agency.

Trevino points to the inevitable breakdown of current security models, as the average person faces an increasing number of connected devices on a daily basis. “Your home is easily secured because you only have three or four or five devices in the homes,” Trevino explains. “With IoT expanding, there’s a big difference between securing four or five and securing 1000.”

Artificial Intelligence Going Beyond the Self-Driving Car


All the devices connected to the cloud generate a huge amount of data.  For an office, Artificial Intelligence (AI) can make data analysis almost instant and that’s just the beginning.  You’ve heard about AI in well-known projects like Google’s self-driving cars, but machine learning technologies will thrive in business applications as well and create huge opportunities.  The most well-known business application of AI is probably IBM’s Watson cognitive computing system pulling data from the cloud to learn, test theory, and provide a context-specific decision that could be expect from a person.  In terms of customer service, how cool would it be to give product recommendation based on past purchases and current interests that you know will end in a sale from a satisfied customer?  In the field of healthcare, what about receiving an accurate diagnosis…the first time?

 

The software programs are being developed now and will need the cloud to store the mountains of data needed to make Artificial Intelligence smarter.

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