Cloud Computing: Top Trends in 2023

January 18, 2023

Cloud computing is one of the important factors that enable the digital transformation of businesses. Especially, with recent tech trends like Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), or the hybrid & remote working model, cloud computing has grown significantly.

In the next few years, we can expect the continued growth of cloud computing as companies adapt to the new technologies. Let’s look at some major trends that would drive this blooming service.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is considered a revolution in the technology era, thanks to its benefits. It provide IT resources over the Internet. These resources can be servers, networks, databases, software, etc. and are hosted in “the cloud”. You can access these resources anywhere, anytime via the Internet.

Cloud computing is an on-demand service, meaning that you only pay for what you use. This makes it easier for organisations to run efficiently with a lower cost, and scale the business according to their needs.

Typically, there are three types of cloud computing:

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

IaaS provides users with an on-demand access to storage space, networks, servers, operating systems. Users can access these resources via the Internet without having the maintain an on-site data center. 

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

PaaS supplies an on-demand environment to deploy and manage your applications. It removes the barrier of setting up and maintaining the underlying infrastructure, enabling developers to create software applications more quickly and easily.

Software as a Service (SaaS)

SaaS gives user access to a software that is developed, managed and run by other providers. Usually, SaaS are subscription-based and users only need to think about how they can use the software for their needs.

Top trends in Cloud Computing 

The ever-growing demand for AI and ML

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are gaining more and more popularity among the tech industries. However, not many business have the resources to create their own AI infrastructure as it requires high processing power and data bandwidth. Hence, providing AI and ML as cloud services becoming a viable solution for companies that want to leverage the this technology. Cloud service providers can also benefit from AI as it helps manage the distributed resources and provides reliable insights to their users.

As cloud computing and AI/ML are mutually beneficial to each other, we can expect many more AI technologies to be implemented in the cloud computing services.

Cloud security and resilience gain investments

Moving to the cloud brings in opportunities and convenience but also reveals new threats. Now, more than ever, companies need to be careful and transparent in the way they collect, store and use personal data. If not, they would face the risk of fines or worse, losing the customer’s trust.

Therefore, it will be a priority for businesses in the next years to invest in cyber security and building resilient systems against the posing threats. However, in times of the forecasted economic recession, companies would focus cost-efficient solutions to remain competitive in the market. This could lead to the rise of “security-as-a-service” in 2023.

Low-code and no-code cloud services

Nowadays, we can easily find tools and platforms that allow us to create applications without having to know to code. These can be tools to build website, web apps, or generate videos from texts. These low-code and no-code solutions can solve many problems without having to relying on developers. Users don’t have to worry about the IT infrastructure required to build and run an application. 

Many of these services are on the cloud, meaning that users can easily use them online. This make accessing to these tools easier and therefore, would lead to the increased demands in them. That’s why there would be a surge in these services with the enhancement from cloud computing.

Adopting Multi-cloud to avoid potential damage 

The multi-cloud approach is using more than one public or private cloud, meaning that you are using clouds from different providers. This approach helps reduces the risk of relying on solely one platform, and also offers higher flexibility and security.

In a survey in 2021, 76% of respondents had already using multi-cloud, the number is expected to reach 86% by 2024. As companies embrace this approach in their strategy, multi-cloud would be one of the key trends in cloud computing.

Looking beyond

Cloud computing is taking over the business operations as companies start to realise its full potential. Migrating to the cloud is no longer an option but a must for business to gain the competitive edge. 

Cloud services providers will certainly offer more innovative solutions. Companies should be prepared to adapt to these trends to benefit from them.

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