What does 2023 hold for cloud computing?

What does 2023 hold for cloud computing?

Cloud computing was such a vital business tool at the height of the pandemic. It enabled companies to support remote work arrangements and offer cloud services to continuously serve their customers amid lockdowns.

While face-to-face events and other in-person interactions have already resumed, cloud adoption isn't expected to slow down in 2023. Instead, businesses will continuously leverage cloud computing to fine-tune their operations and take advantage of the latest technologies.

Here are the top cloud computing trends in 2023.

1. Companies will invest more in bolstering cloud security

Since cyberattacks are becoming more prevalent and damaging and data security regulations keep changing, cloud security will be a major focus for businesses in 2023.

However, given the upcoming forecasted economic recession, companies will look for cost-efficient ways to boost their cybersecurity. This includes using artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive technologies to detect threats before they cause havoc as well as partnering with Security-as-a-Service providers.

2. Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) adoption will grow rapidly

Global spending on DaaS will skyrocket from $2.53 billion in 2022 to $3.1 billion in 2023.

DaaS is a cloud computing service that provides users with virtual desktops. This enables employees to access their company files and apps from any device or location with an internet connection. In turn, this makes remote work more efficient while improving collaboration among teams. At the same time, with virtual desktops, businesses are able to reduce acquisition and maintenance costs related to physical personal computers.

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3. There will be more users of no- and low-code cloud services

No- and low-code cloud services will become increasingly popular among non-developers and business owners who need to create apps quickly without breaking the bank. These cloud services are platforms that have user-friendly UI/UX design and drag-and-drop features that allow users to quickly build applications without having extensive technical knowledge.

4. More businesses will move toward a multi-cloud strategy

In 2022, many companies adopted hybrid clouds, combining their on-premises, private cloud, and/or public cloud infrastructures. Doing so allowed them to keep their most valuable assets within their own data centers while tapping into the scalability of public clouds when needed.

But in 2023, a growing number of businesses will shift to a multi-cloud strategy. A multi-cloud strategy involves the use of multiple cloud services from different providers. This allows companies to take advantage of the strengths of different cloud platforms while avoiding vendor lock-in. Investing too heavily in a particular cloud ecosystem can be detrimental when service providers change the applications they support or completely stop supporting particular apps.

By adopting a multi-cloud strategy, you can reduce the probability of system failures or unexpected downtime interrupting your business operations. This creates redundancy and provides an additional layer of protection for mission-critical applications.

5. AI-powered cloud systems will become more commonplace

The marriage of AI and cloud computing will make it easier for businesses to capture, store, analyze, and act on data quickly and efficiently. AI-driven solutions like machine learning models can be used to extract business insights from large data sets and make predictions, so companies can make better guided decisions and take the appropriate actions.

6. Edge computing will continue to grow in popularity

More companies will leverage edge computing to serve their applications and data-driven services faster and more efficiently.

Edge computing pushes cloud resources closer to where data is created and used. This prevents latency since it doesn't need to rely on remote clouds for data processing. With edge computing, businesses can process data in real time, enabling them to provide customers with better and faster services.

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