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26 days ago by Silvana Hawkes

Ways the cloud will continue to shape enterprises

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Cloud technology has changed the way we do business. From how we share and store information to how we connect and work collaboratively with colleagues that are working from home or from another remote location. 

The emergence of cloud technology has forever changed the way enterprises work and as a relevantly new technology, it’s not set to slow down any time soon. In fact, Cisco estimate that cloud data centres will process up to 94% of all workloads by 2021.  

Let’s take a look at some of the most important cloud developments and trends and how they will continue to improve and shape the way enterprises do business in 2020 and beyond.

Multi and Hybrid Cloud Environments

More and more businesses are less concerned with having one cloud supplier and are looking at multi-cloud and hybrid cloud solutions. Taking this approach empowers enterprises to get the best out of each solution and avoids them being limited by the capability of one supplier.

Multi and hybrid cloud environments enable enterprises to combine public clouds, private clouds and on-premises resources to be more agile, scalable and resilient to give them a competitive advantage.

Emerging Technologies

Enterprises are already adopting and seeing the benefits of machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation, this will continue to grow and will become more prominent in their business strategies.

In the coming years, we will likely see an increase in the use of artificial intelligence in data centres to proactively solve problems and help make cost savings. Artificial Intelligence can be used in data centres for everything from saving energy to identifying patterns in server or network hardware failures. 

Remote and Collaborative Working

Over the last few months, more people than ever before have been working remotely. When the country was placed in lockdown in March, businesses had to adapt quickly to enable their workforce to continue working from home. The speed at which enterprises adapted wouldn’t have been possible without cloud technology.

It’s anticipated that many enterprises will continue to allow staff to work from home in the short to mid-term and in some cases possibly indefinitely. This will drive enterprises to review their cloud capabilities and look at how they can make their business more resilient and futureproof.

Collaborative working is likely to be at the forefront of many enterprises’ minds with the recent shift in work patterns. The cloud makes it easier for teams from multiple locations to work together more seamlessly.