Cloud computing is presented as the evolution of hosting and the new technological dawn in IT. Over the last few years alone, there have been major developments that have completely changed the cloud market. While cloud computing is not a new idea, its abilities are only now beginning to be realized.
How will the cloud shape our lives?
Read on to find out how the cloud will shape our lives in the future:
1. Serverless architecture
In today’s environment, a considerable amount of time and resources are invested in building applications and systems that either scale or failover. Consequently, serverless architecture has been designed to give developers a quick way to create systems and applications.
The platform dynamically determines how much infrastructure is needed and then automatically provisions the infrastructure to support the system or application.
2. Artificial intelligence will take centre stage
Continuous innovations in cloud computing are set to push artificial intelligence and the IoT to the fore in the next decade and beyond. These innovations will support emerging technologies and help them adapt to different platforms and devices such as mobile and home appliances.
For instance, today’s mobile devices require a lot of time and processing power to analyse unstructured data. These devices, therefore, have to send the data to servers in the cloud slowing down the response time of AI. As a result, industry experts predict that mobile devices will use inference continuously in the future.
Inference is where AI learns in the cloud and applies the knowledge gained to real-life problems. This will allow the device to categorise photos according to content, respond to voice commands immediately and set cameras to capture subjects under different shooting conditions.
3. Building digital-first infrastructure
By 2050, the world’s population is set to reach approximately 10 billion people, with the largest number being concentrated in urban centres. This will increase the need for advanced digital solutions to manage the population.
The cloud is expected to provide the digital infrastructure for smart cities. This includes automated and connected vehicles, smart parking lots and elevators, efficient farms and power plants and better trains and subways. All these will be safer and easy to manage, thanks to the cloud’s capability to store and analyse data.
Additionally, companies will be able to access artificial intelligence, data analytics and other capabilities as services.
4. Managing data
Statistics on big data generation show that 2.3 trillion gigabytes of data are created every day, and 40 zettabytes of data will be created by 2020. These high volumes of data present three major challenges: storing, processing and managing data efficiently.
The cloud provides a solution to these three challenges. With the cloud, data is transformed into small data and managed like virtual data. A smaller data footprint will help organizations improve big data management in three ways:
- Less time will be required by applications to process data
- Data will be better secured and easy to manage because the cloud is centralized
- Results of data analysis will be more accurate