What are the key Cloud technology trends going to be in 2024?

Harriet Lewis 09-Jan-2024 09:29:47

You don't need a crystal ball to know that the Cloud computing landscape is constantly evolving, with new technologies and trends emerging all the time. As we enter 2024, here are 6 key trends to look out for that may impact the way you use Cloud technology.

1. AI/ML integration goes mainstream

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are no longer buzzwords; they're becoming integral parts of Cloud solutions and will start to noticeably affect our day-to-day lives. Cloud providers are responding to these accelerating developments by embedding AI/ML capabilities into their platforms, making it easier for businesses to leverage these powerful technologies for tasks like data analysis, predictive maintenance, and personalised customer experiences. Expect to see even deeper integration of AI/ML in areas like Cloud security, resource optimisation, and automated decision-making.

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2. Data takes centre stage

Data is the lifeblood of any successful business, and the Cloud is the perfect platform for storing, managing, and analysing it. In 2024, we expect to see continued investment in data-driven solutions, with businesses using Cloud analytics and data warehousing to gain deeper insights, make informed decisions, and predict future trends. Expect also more advanced data lakes, data governance tools, and real-time analytics platforms to emerge.

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3. Multi-Cloud and hybrid environments

Gone are the days of single-vendor Cloud strategies. Today, businesses are adopting Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud approaches to take advantage of the best features and services from different providers. This flexibility allows them to optimise costs, avoid vendor lock-in, and ensure business continuity. Expect to see more sophisticated tools and services emerge to manage Multi-Cloud and hybrid environments seamlessly.

Find out more about multi-cloud here: https://www.dsp.co.uk/oracle-microsoft-multicloud

4. Edge computing comes of age

Edge computing, which processes data closer to the source rather than relying on centralised servers, is gaining momentum. This trend is especially relevant for applications like IoT devices, autonomous vehicles, and augmented reality, where low latency and real-time processing are critical. Expect to see more powerful edge computing platforms and devices emerge in 2024, further blurring the lines between the Cloud and the edge.

5. Security remains paramount

As Cloud adoption grows, so does the need for robust security measures. Cloud providers are constantly innovating to protect user data and infrastructure from cyberattacks. Expect to see an increased focus on zero-trust security, data encryption, and AI-powered threat detection in 2024. Businesses will also need to prioritise Cloud security training and awareness to mitigate human error risks.

Find out more about your security options here: https://www.dsp.co.uk/paas-security

6. Sustainability takes root

As environmental concerns mount, sustainability is becoming a critical factor in Cloud technology. Cloud providers are investing in renewable energy sources, energy-efficient data centres, and carbon offset programs. Businesses can also play their part by optimising Cloud resource usage and choosing providers with strong sustainability commitments.

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In conclusion, this is a largely optimistic list of what Cloud technology might mean for our lives and businesses in the near future. Of course, it's a lot to get your head around as well, so if you want to have a chat about anything Cloud-related, get in touch to speak to one of our experts today.

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