12 Jul The future of the cloud computing
What is the cloud?
The concept of cloud computing was introduced in the mid-2000s. It started as a way for businesses to rent IT infrastructure and computing power (“infrastructure as a service”) and access software at a massive global scale. This first chapter of cloud was all about driving productivity and cost benefits, and, for many, this model of cloud has become the new dial tone of IT. But as time passes, the definition of cloud must evolve and grow.
The real value of cloud today is not defined solely by the productivity and cost benefits of renting computing power on-demand. Instead, the value of cloud is being redefined by how it can help businesses innovate with confidence and security, and profoundly change the way companies work.
“Cloud is the generator for the next wave of technologies, the enabler for all the exciting developments.”
The cloud is an essential element of any innovative strategy
Cloud adoption has seen a significant increase over the last few years. The cloud is obviously here to stay but many companies are currently rushing to migrate to the cloud because they believe it goes hand-in-hand with innovation.
Almost everything in the digital world is connected to the cloud in some way or another — unless it’s specifically kept in local storage for security reasons. As tech giants and startups find new ways to organize, process and present data cloud computing will become a more and more integral part of our lives.
The transition to the cloud during the next decade will not simply be a process of lifting and shifting existing on-premise applications. While some legacy apps will have to be transformed to run on the cloud, others will not. Instead, the future cloud is best thought of as a platform for the implementation of innovative technologies and services.
It’s likely that some of the major limitations with serverless functions are going to be solved in the coming years, if not months. Cloud vendors will allow functions to run for longer, support more languages, and allow deeper customizations. A lot of work is being done by cloud vendors to allow developers to bring their own containers to a hosted environment and then have those containers seamlessly managed by the platform alongside regular functions.
It is usually impossible to predict the transformative effect of emerging technology. Whether it’s broadband or the programmable computer of the 1960s or the internet of the 1990s, the initial business models are usually little more than “fireflies before the storm,” as Lou Gerstner famously said of the first internet content publishing boom.
Similarly today, we cannot yet see the full force of transformation that cloud computing will yield. But as we enter chapter two and the cloud evolves well beyond infrastructure as a service, we can be sure that its value will be much greater than just a dial tone. We’ve only started to scratch the surface of its potential.