Cloud Computing’s Rapidly Evolving Space

Cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) software are proof that the future is now. AI seemed to be the most interesting topic at every technology expo in 2016, while cloud computing is established and already profitable.

As we roll into 2017, the rapid growth of these industries will do anything but stop. Here are a few trends I suggest you keep an eye on:

Amazon Challengers Arise

While Amazon Web Services is the undisputed king of cloud computing at the moment, a number of competitors are stepping up their game. AWS will not lose its market dominance, but cloud providers like Google and Microsoft will continue to grow.

In December, Oracle announced a 62 percent increase in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) software revenue during the last quarter alone. Microsoft Azure witnessed more than 100 percent growth during the same period. It’s clear the industry’s growth shows no signs of slowing.

AI Evolves the Cloud Platform

It seemed every big announcement during 2016 had something to do with artificial intelligence. AI will likely make its way into the vast majority of digital industries, and cloud computing is no exception.

Last year, Google open sourced Tensor Flow, its machine learning platform. Salesforce announced Einstein, which is working its way into the company’s entire platform. Microsoft and Amazon also made moves to integrate machine learning into their cloud platforms.

Evolving Security and Threats

Hybrid cloud computing models, like most technological breakthroughs, will bring new threats to the industry. Managed service providers will need to adopt new security practices and policies to ensure customers’ data integrity.

As companies continue to migrate data into the cloud, whether publicly or through a private server, there will always be risks. Not to say these are any less safe than alternative data storage methods, but hackers and criminals aren’t expected to stop trying to steal data.

Companies adopting new policies and cloud practices will always be a target. They are more vulnerable and have less experience than those who migrated data to the cloud years ago.

Infrastructure, platform, software and all other cloud services seem to be colliding and evolving on top of each other. With additional breakthroughs in AI and the growing internet-of-things, it seems the cloud computing will only increase its sprawl.

While 2017 may scare you for millions of other reasons, rest assured technology’s rapid evolution will continue to provide new capabilities and services for both users and companies.