We are witnessing a massive re-calibration of IT infrastructures over the past six months or so. Now, most deployments that were made in specific response to the pandemic are taking a more tangible shape and are being assessed for future relevance.

The Future of Cloud Computing and Edge Infrastructures

The ongoing trend of remote work or Work from Home (WFH) has given rise to a whole new set of challenges. Every five years, it is estimated that the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices is doubling, which is a staggering ratio even by today’s standards.

Mission Critical Workloads Migrate to the Cloud

In the early days of the pandemic and even before that, enterprises were not comfortable with moving their mission critical workloads to the public cloud. According to the latest forecasts released by Gartner, all this is changing now.

Now, we are witnessing a speedy migration of mission critical enterprise workloads to Public Cloud Providers like dinCloud. Over the past few months, enterprises have developed a certain trust level on the cyber security controls adopted by public cloud providers.

According to Gartner, here are a few notable trends in the Cloud and Edge Computing domains that Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) leaders need to brace for.

Network Segmentation

This trend is more of a continuation of the Zero Trust Security Model, which emphasizes the need to sub-segment the enterprise network. That way, it becomes easier to implement least privileged access. This also mitigates the impact of cyber attacks and data breaches.

Protocols for Device Certification

By the year 2029, it is expected that the total number of IoT devices connected to the enterprise network will reach 15 billion. This staggering number of devices having interface with enterprise networks will result in a massive threat surface.

So, enterprises need to develop an organizational level governance structure for such endpoint devices. Each device that connects to the corporate network, whether internally or remotely must be certified or authenticated prior to grant of access.

It is estimated that by incorporating network segmentation and endpoint device authentication, enterprises will be able to curtail successful cyber attacks by 25%. So, all this effort is surely worth the rewards down the line.

Accelerated Cloud Deployments

Over the past few months, we have witnessed massive investment in cloud infrastructures by leading Cloud Service Providers (CSP) like dinCloud. These fresh investments were in the areas of infrastructure development and further tightening of cyber security controls.

Right now, it is estimated that only one fifth of enterprise workloads are being hosted in public cloud infrastructures. Given the current trend of cloud adoption, Gartner expects this number to reach the 40% mark by the year 2023.

Remote Work and Cloud Platforms

Enterprises have found the Cloud as the most versatile, scalable and easily deployable ecosystem for their remote work needs. The Cloud has enhanced the agility of enterprises, without the need of ever deploying additional hardware on-premise.

In addition to remote work support, enterprises are flocking towards the Cloud for Disaster Recovery (DR) as well. They consider it makes much more sense, both administratively and financially, to migrate DR to the public cloud as well.

Edge Computing to Supplement the Cloud

The main reasons behind the accelerated adoption trend of edge computing platforms are two-fold. Firstly, edge computing solutions are enabling enterprises to tackle time sensitive workloads in the maximum proximity of where the data originates.

Secondly, edge computing is enabling enterprises overcome the issue of latency that may surface in the case of complex cloud environments. Cloud Service Providers (CSP) have started diversifying their infrastructures to include Edge Computing as well.

Conclusion

During the year 2021 and beyond, we will continue to see major infrastructural shifts and initiatives on the part of both public cloud providers as well as enterprises. The Cloud will continue to play a lead role in enterprise workloads, with the Edge in a support role.

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