The cloud isn't the only thing trending, and it's not the only thing changing in the IT space today. Other elements in the wide world of technology are taking shape, expanding and unavoidably channeling some influence on the cloud. These trends are indeed adding to the advantages of cloud computing.
1) The Internet of things
IoT is expanding so widely and rapidly that it could change the world of cloud computing forever. According to Business Insider, IoT devices will outnumber other devices like laptops, tablets and smartphones in just a year or two. One result of this expansion, according Fortune.com contributors Jenn Lee and Hans Tung, is that online searches will be outdated. Advancements in IoT are heading towards being able to anticipate a thought or request before it's even made. For example, IoT will enable your house to cool before you even realize you're warm. These predictions are determined off of users' virtual profiles.
And where is that virtual profile data stored? You guessed it: the cloud. Building a virtual profile involves all of our IoT devices being connected even when not physically together. The cloud would allow for that collaboration.
2) Hybrid clouds
Hybrid clouds offer users a customizable experience in which they can allocate some information to the private cloud and some to the public. As with any industry, involving the element of choice is making cloud providers gear their services more to a user's needs. No longer is price the reigning factor in choosing cloud providers. Companies are now looking more at the benefits, and there's a lot of them.
The hybrid cloud is especially advantageous because it allows business to test run ideas on cloud technology at an affordable cost. The possibilities then for an organization's growth are virtually endless. The hybrid cloud is providing an opportunity for entire industries to transform.
3) Growing trust in the cloud
Cyber attacks are a scary thought, but the conversation is switching to cloud security rather than the hackers. The threat might always be present, but security measures are constantly increasing. This is allowed to happen because more people are trusting the cloud. A 2014 survey by RightScale determined that not only has trust increased over time, but the more experienced users are with the cloud, the higher their confidence level is in its security.
Great investment from users with this technology will lead to further development and expansion of it. Not only are companies seeing how secure the cloud can be, some are even using it as a safety net in itself. Disaster recovery plans involving cloud backup create a safe haven for data that could be destroyed in local issues like theft or damage. It's trust and changes like these that are allowing the cloud to become even more successful.