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Cloud computing is becoming the new normal, but it is continually evolving. Here’s what we at Responza are expecting for cloud technology and usage in the year ahead.  

Multi-Cloud Usage 

2018 will likely be the year when multi-cloud strategies become the norm in IT, especially for organizations that now feel confident with their initial, single cloud environment. Most enterprises now have workloads running in the cloud, and many are starting to evaluate the need for a second cloud provider.

The reasons for looking to expand to other platforms and environments vary by organization. Some companies cannot afford to rely on a single provider. Exploring options can also allow organizations see potential quality of service, capability, or price advantages in solutions offered by other providers.

Moving From Cloud Adoption to Cloud Optimization

The big news is that the cloud narrative is beginning to shift from adoption to optimization. The cloud is no longer just about storage. In 2018, savvy IT leaders are likely to focus on optimization and management to increase business productivity and profits, particularly as cloud strategies evolve.

There will be also be a lot of buzz in the “single pane of glass” cloud management tools space this year (an industry term for a management console that presents data from multiple sources in a unified display), especially when it comes to data optimization including: Data integration, security, and encryption.

Increased Storage Capabilities 

While the cloud is no longer just about storage, storage capabilities remain crucial to businesses and data storage is expected to grow exponentially in the coming year. Providers will bring more data centers online with larger-capacity storage equipment. A 2016 Cisco survey, estimated that in 2017 the total amount of data stored in data centers would be 370 EB (exabyte), while global storage capacity would reach 600 EB. These numbers are set to grow in 2018 to an estimated total storage capacity of 1.1 ZB (zettabyte), which is approximately twice the space available in 2017.

While data center owners move to increase available storage, forward-thinking businesses will be able to take advantage of that space to further their objectives. For example, businesses that work with big data will use this increased space to store large data sets, perform data analytics, and gain valuable insights into areas such as customer behavior, systems, and financial investments. For small businesses, increased storage capacity means that 2018 will provide custom storage options at far lower prices than were available in 2017.

To learn more about how Responza can help your business leverage cloud technology to drive your business, give us a call at (843) 990-9200.