Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Driving the narrative of Smart Nation Singapore, local organisations are jumping on the bandwagon to digitally revolutionise their processes, bring in greater changes to the way they work every day.

Underpinning a significant portion of the digitalisation process are cloud computing technologies. Offering on-demand computing services over the internet, such as data storage, servers, networking and intelligence, cloud computing provides businesses with improved speed and performance of work processes, better storage of data and unprecedented levels of network reach.

With cloud computing growing to become an indispensable tool of today and tomorrow, we take a look at key trends to be ready for in 2020.

1. Delayed cloud migrations

According to the world’s leading research and advisory company, Gartner, the lack of Infrastructure-as-as-Service skills in the market today will delay cloud migrations for enterprise companies for a few years. Cloud migration today tend to follow a “lift-and-shift” approach, a process where all applications are moved to the cloud without any redesign. While this approach is adopted for practical business reasons such as reduced costs, organisations are unable to take full advantage of native cloud features that could boost performance and work productivity, which, unbeknownst to them, can lead to potential cost savings. What is more of a concern, however, is the fact that cloud practitioners performing these projects do not develop native cloud skills.

This means that organisations may not achieve the full breadth of their cloud objectives because the “lift-and-shift” approach is limited in its capabilities in doing so, a challenge that only the native cloud features can overcome. However, to make this work, cloud professionals need to be trained in this aspect.

2. Kubernetes as the popular choice

Containerisation is an effective way of building cloud-based applications. With Kubernetes, administrators can speed up deployment and scaling with its clustering technique, simplifying the management of cloud services across public, private and hybrid platforms. As industries begin to adopt cloud-based infrastructure, Kubernetes will become a popular choice for container orchestration in 2020 and beyond.

3. Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)

Technology is always coupled with risks, and the cloud system is no different. Being prepared for tech disasters strengthens trusts in organisational systems to deliver smooth operations for continued productivity and reliability. What organisations must think about today is the extent of downtime they can afford – the time during which systems are unresponsive before they are fully recovered.

With more organisations choosing the cloud route, we will see DRaaS for cloud computing services among the emerging trends in 2020. DRaaS is a remote disaster recovery service aimed to protect and recover business data and applications in times of technological emergencies. Organisations are expected to map out recovery strategies with their systems provider to safeguard the integrity of their organisations.

4. Challenge of security

DRaaS is pegged to the challenge of data and system security. The vulnerabilities of the cyberspace can compromise an organisation’s cloud infrastructure, which makes cybersecurity more pertinent but equally challenging. As organisations customise cloud migration to meet overall business objectives, they will continue to face the threat of the unforeseen in the cyber realm. Working with the right service system provider with a proven track record of experience in both security and recovery will be key.

5. Rise of digital natives

The biggest among the cloud computing trends in 2020 will be the noticeable rise of digital natives. These individuals are those who will enter the workforce already armed with knowledge in cloud and its benefits. The challenge lies in finding a cohesive working balance between these digital natives and older workers who may not be as strong in the execution of the best practices. Organisations will need to invest in strategies such as “reverse mentoring” in which young entrants train older generations to bridge the gap between these two groups for a more cooperative and dependable workforce.