Cloudless Development and Other Cloud Computing Trends for 2020

Your use of cloud services will continue to accelerate as we move through 2020 and beyond. In this article, we’ll discuss why the adoption of cloud services continues to grow, the essential services that form the foundation for this growth, the big bets companies such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) will make for cloud, and the growth expected in 2021.

Why Cloud Continues to Trend Upward

The investment enterprises continue to make in cloud services has grown exponentially year over year for the past decade. AWS saw growth of 49 percent for its cloud services in 2019. To put it another way, if AWS were its own company, it would be in the top 50 US companies in terms of valuation. 

There are several essential reasons why AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and other cloud providers, such as Salesforce, continue to grow. They are:

  • Financial Model 

    Most cloud providers offer a “pay for what you use” model. In many ways, the model is similar to Uber. You only pay when you’re using the service. No need to invest in large data centers.
  • Skillset Augmentation 

    The skills required for IT engineers continue to become more complicated. Cloud providers typically offer quick-start kits to accelerate the adoption of a technology stack within your teams, such as AI or Kubernetes.
  • Immediate Access to Cutting Edge Technologies

    The pay for what you use model demonstrates its value when you can quickly and cheaply experiment with new technologies such as blockchain.

These three areas continue to form the foundation for the rapid growth of cloud service providers.

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Key Areas of Growth in 2020

The key areas of growth for cloud services will not be a surprise. For many companies, the last couple of years have been focused on experimentation with cloud services. Moving forward, enterprises are making significant investments in the cloud.

Key areas of growth include:

  • Infrastructure as a Service 

    Virtual machines and networks will continue to migrate away from corporate data centers and toward cloud providers. 
  • Application as a Service 

    Massive growth will continue for Office365, Salesforce, and many other cloud-hosted applications. Also, AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure will continue to make it easier for companies to run custom applications from the cloud.
  • Data and Storage

    The bread and butter of cloud providers is the ability to offer unlimited storage and nearly limitless compute power for data management.
  • Artificial Intelligence 

    There will be an increasing number of services powered by AI. These will range from add-on features such as smart grammar check for Word to intelligent data visualization tools that highlight business opportunities.

Each of these four areas will form the foundation for continued growth in cloud services throughout 2020.

Low-code, DevOps, and Serverless Apps

Many cloud providers will continue to invest in emerging areas to reinforce the continued value of the cloud. Key areas to watch out for include:

  • Low-code
  • DevOps
  • Serverless

The concept behind low-code has been the holy grail non-developers have been wanting for many years: how do you create a drag-and-drop interface that requires very little knowledge of coding but can build workable solutions? It’s not easy, but there is a growing pack of Low Code solutions on the market. 

DevOps and the cloud are a perfect union. In many ways, the leader for DevOps tools is now Microsoft, but AWS and Google Cloud are not far behind. With the cloud, DevOps teams can be up and running with continuous integration and continuous delivery services in hours vs. days or weeks.

A serverless app is written using programming languages specifically for the cloud. The most popular is Lambda from AWS. With Lambda, you can scale not only the services you use on AWS but also the code itself to match usage demands. The code you write in Lambda only runs computer cycles when it is triggered. Lambda takes the principle of paying for only what you use with cloud services to the next level. 

Both Microsoft and Google compete with Lambda with their Serverless languages. Microsoft Azure offers Azure Functions, and Google offers Google Cloud Functions. Expect all three companies to double down on the investment they’re making with serverless in 2020. 

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The Key Markers That Will Drive Momentum into 2021

The goal for the investment in these three areas is for developers to continue to invest in one cloud provider over another. For instance, the tools AWS offers are flexible, scalable, and easy to use. The big challenge comes when trying to migrate from one cloud provider to another. Each provider wants you locked in to provide a continuous revenue stream.

For this reason, you’ll see activities in 2020 that drive the foundation for deeper investment in cloud services for 2021. These areas are:

  • Ease of Use 

    The goal is to continue to make popular cloud services more comfortable to use. Today, you need to be a skilled engineer. But what if you didn’t need to know how to launch a terminal window or commands to run an app? Such a move will expand the number of people who can manage cloud services.
  • Migration 

    It’s hard to move an app from one cloud services provider to another. In November 2019, Microsoft announced tools that will make it easier to do just that. Expect to see more tools from AWS, Salesforce, IBM, and Google Cloud that make it easier to jump from one provider to another.
  • More Tools 

    Expect the number of services that cloud providers offer to continue to increase. There will be no slowing down. New services that come in 2020 will form the foundation for growth in 2021 and beyond.

In short, the growth of cloud services is not going to shrink in 2020. Expect more solutions and services to come from cloud providers. The challenge will be trying to keep up. Simplilearn's AWS Solution Architect Certification program will help you master the skills and importance of cloud for your organization.

About the Author

Matthew DavidMatthew David

Matt is a Digital Leader at Accenture. His passion is a combination of solving today's problems to run more efficiently, adjusting focus to take advantage of digital tools to improve tomorrow and move organizations to new ways of working that impact the future.

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