3 predicted cloud trends for 2021

The cloud computing revolution has already taken place, and the vast majority of businesses are now utilizing cloud infrastructure. But, just because the revolution has already happened, this does not mean we have reached an endpoint. The cloud is still evolving as we move forwards into 2021.

Let’s take a look at three of the key trends affecting cloud computing. We’ll be examining how these trends will impact businesses, and what business owners can do to prepare.

A unified cloud ecosystem

Despite the best efforts of cloud providers to keep their offerings separate from those of their competitors, we can expect multi-cloud approaches to break barriers in 2021. The cloud ecosystem will become more unified, and cross-platform and cross-provider collaboration will be the order of the day. 

How will this impact your business?

This should be an exclusively positive development. You will be able to share data and collaborate with partners across different cloud platforms and providers.

How can you prepare?

Train your team members so that they can get the best out of this new collaborative capability. Get used to cross-platform operations and functions so that your team has the edge.

Artificial intelligence takes over

AI is going to be making a big impact on the world of cloud computing, as machine learning and automation make the whole process much more efficient for users. One example of this includes operational systems for physical hardware infrastructure such as computing devices or cooling systems — these are stored in the cloud and managed via AI algorithms.

How will this impact your business?

The advent of AI will bring with it restructuring within your team. Labor-intensive tasks that once took up a great deal of your staff’s time and energy will now be automated. This will leave you with additional working hours and resources that can be deployed elsewhere, but you will need to do this wisely.

How can you prepare?

Your staff members may experience changes in their roles and responsibilities under a new AI-enhanced cloud system. Make sure that your staff are ready to take on these new roles and responsibilities and that they feel enlivened, rather than threatened, by the possibilities of artificial intelligence.

Virtual Cloud Desktops (VCDs) become increasingly popular

A Virtual Cloud Desktop, or VCD, could become something of a gamechanger as we move towards an increasing reliance on remote work and collaboration. With a VCD, the workstation environment is delivered directly to a remote computing device via a connection through cloud architecture.

How will this impact your business?

You will find that your business is far better positioned to take advantage of remote work and collaboration. With VCD technology, you will be able to deploy remote teams in a secure and effective manner, as well as giving them the resources they need to handle collaborative tasks alongside other teams.

How can you prepare?

Implement robust remote work policies within your organization, and make sure your teams have the skills required to go about their tasks in the right way. This will help you to get the most out of collaboration and remote work as you move forwards through 2021.

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