Cloud hosting is no longer a buzzword across industries. Enterprises of all shapes and sizes have realised the potential it has when it comes to hosting a website. As cloud computing makes technological breakthroughs, its impact is visible within the web hosting industry as hosting providers look to encompass more resources for their clients, leveraging cloud technology. Cloud has already made the lives of over a million businesses easy with their easy-to-deploy models. Moreover, the remote access and simplified IT management make it all the more desirable.
Having said that, today the focus of businesses with respect to the cloud has shifted from mere deployment to accomplishing business goals by incorporating it as a tool. This can be attributed to the private-to-public transformation promise given by the cloud as a service to its users. As years unwind, and more practices and trends shape the future of cloud, one can’t help but be inquisitive about what has gone into the massive transformation cloud goes through year after year. After probing into the matter and getting a feel of the undercurrent that flows through different industries, we have conglomerated some trends that will see a further rise of cloud web hosting. Let us deep dive into them and know what they look like, shall we?
1. More room for cloud-based storage
With storage resources getting economical day by day, it is obvious that storage capacity is set to increase. That is because cloud hosting is positioned to scale. Especially with more and more enterprises deploying the likes of Ceph storage. Which is why resources will get cheaper over time. Business can take full advantage of this trend and make their website hosting faster at scale. In addition to this, the rise of data centers across the U.S, Europe and Asian countries had made it possible for businesses to deploy cloud web hosting services without having to worry about security.
2. Going hybrid with the cloud
There are some businesses who do not fancy being tied down to only one cloud hosting provider. Hence, cloud hosting providers are connecting multiple solutions via APIs on different platforms. This allows for multi-disciplinary and cross-functional synchronization of processes to manage data. In addition to this trend, it can also be predicted that enterprises will prefer keeping solutions on-premises and at the same time, connect to cloud-based solutions to manage business requirements. This can be attributed to a) security, which still is a micro concern for organizations and b) cost to return benefit when it comes to moving the entire data to the cloud. Something that we can see happening more often in the following year. Mark this one.
3. The rise of edge-computing
With real-time services gaining prominence, edge computing, its driver is definitely set to play the protagonist for cloud hosting in 2018. Moreover, edge computing optimizes cloud and also plays a key role when it comes to IoT which is again touted to be a trendsetter for connected devices this year. Cloud hosting providers are working towards making their hosting solution more real-time-centric since that is something their clients are looking for as they monitor their performance. With little or no choice left for cloud service providers, taking edge computing into account should be something they might want to think about.
4. Better security features
We have seen bits and pieces of some brave examples of organizations deploying security cloud providers for their hosting last year after a host of attacks like Wannacry and CIA vault hack etc. There is a good chance that we will see more of these security providers partnering with cloud hosting services to mitigate and divert the risks of such attacks further. Instead of deploying the security products on another platform, there is a chance that these products will be integrated into the cloud web hosting provider’s service itself. The beginning of 2018 saw Percipient Network acquired by WatchGuard in a bid to secure cloud hosting for its clients by leveraging intelligence and security product Strongarm. When the year has kicked off with major players in the industry stepping up their security game, one can imagine what is in store for the rest of the year.
5. More container system deployments
Container management systems have formed a commendable partnership with cloud hosting. From the perspective of developers, they have nothing but total freedom to create measurable and predictive environments that will help work in silos. Moreover, these container management systems run everywhere without compromising the advantage they give. Deploying these systems on the cloud allows developers to run, build, store and orchestrate the production of heavy workloads minus any problems. Kubernetes a container management system is emerging as a favourite for many tech giants like IBM, Oracle and Google as we speak. We hope to see more of this in 2018.
So, these were our predictions for the trends that will be dominating 2018. Hopefully, there will be some more pleasant surprises as the year unfolds for the cloud hosting industry. We suggest you keep a tab on these trends and see the kind of developments that gather around them. Only then will you be able to gain an insight into what 2019 will be like for cloud hosting.