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Annie Johnson, APAC CIO Outlook | Monday, March 15, 2021
Big business depends heavily on team collaboration software and cloud-based office suites, and AI and machine learning are helping to advance medical and science research.
Fremont, CA: Over the last 15 years, cloud technology has advanced significantly, and a paradigm change is underway, moving away from legacy in-house IT business services and toward a cloud-first, technology-driven agile workplace.
IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS are now well-established and reliable services. Big business depends heavily on team collaboration software and cloud-based office suites, and AI and machine learning are helping to advance medical and science research.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding at a breakneck pace, with some projections predicting that by 2021, there will be more than 20 billion connected devices. What, on the other hand, does the future hold?
Here are some cloud computing developments to keep in mind:
Edge computing is now widely used, and the adoption of the technology is rapidly increasing. If the cloud has a flaw, it may be that cloud providers are massive, centralized organizations. This is nice if one lives close to a cloud provider's data center or external point of presence, but it can be problematic if one lives overseas or in a remote area. Furthermore, if one is processing large amounts of data, one's network bandwidth and the cloud provider's available resources are critical to getting the job done quickly.
The Internet of Things, which consists of billions of endpoint devices such as smartphones, smart houses, digital sensors, medical equipment, vehicles, home appliances, and even vending machines, is a perfect example of this. These devices transmit billions of values on a daily basis, leading to massive amounts of data being sent upstream to the cloud.
Many technologists are already aware of the significant advantages that cloud automation can provide. With CI/CD, one can automate infrastructure, software development, and software releases. Businesses are turning to automation to help them manage multiple private, public, and hybrid cloud environments with limited human resources.
Infrastructure automation tools like Ansible and Terraform are already cloud-agnostic, which means they work with any cloud provider. These tools enable the provisioning of identical and secure computing infrastructure into any cloud platform to be automated.
These automation tools automate the allocation of cloud-specific keys, IP networks, and subnet allocations, as well as the integration with additional cloud resources, including cloud databases, cloud edge, and cloud directory services.