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Since the past decade or so, digital technology has wrought a profound change to every aspect
of business, from operations to forecasting. As a result the growth has shifted from linear to
exponential rates. Two factors have further accelerated the change: cloud computing and
Covid 19.
Driven by the need to stay connected to both their people and customers, organizations
accelerated their Cloud adoption into overdrive. This has been all the more fast tracked with
the growing threat of cyber mischief, and the need for business resilience. As a result, next-
gen technologies have mushroomed making work/study/shop-from-anywhere the norm rather
than the exception.
This is expected to be further amplified in the days to come.

A recent Gartner study forecasts revenues of US$489 Billion by the end of 2022, as more and
more organizations move and mature on the cloud. This demand is spurring the creation of
ever-more disruptive (and productive) technology solutions. But all cloud solutions are not
created equal, Teleglobal’s cloud architects believe the following few will be—if they aren’t
already—leaders of the pack.

1. Data and Application Modernization
Legacy systems of storing, sorting and using data were siloed, unwieldy and did not lend
themselves to incisive analytics. Data modernization resolves those issues by moving silo-ed
data from legacy databases to cloud databases or data lakes. This is of surpassing importance
for organizations that need to scale and automate.
Data & Application modernization offers many benefits, including
Replacing monolithic architectures with microservices based multi tenanted architecture
Enables API-first approach
Allows auto scaling through containerization

After any time in the cloud, organizations instinctively understand that simply replacing
applications can be unfeasible. Modernization is a practical answer, allowing them to build
integration layers that allow speedier and easier access to distributed applications.

2. AI in the Cloud
AI provides important and strategic inputs that improve decision-making. The cloud, with its
inherent flexibility, agility and scalability, dramatically increases AI capabilities.
AI is clearly the technology of the future, but it demands a high amount of processing power
to run AI algorithms, which can put it beyond the reach of many organizations. The cloud,
however, is helping democratize it through a Software-as-a-Service type approach. By
reducing adoption costs and enabling innovation, the combination of AI and the cloud is
becoming a force amplifier.

3. Security 
The importance of security has only grown. And with the rise of cyber threats, it will continue
to grow as mindsets become more open to automating operations, ranging from orchestration
to response. Cloud technologies provide a range of  systems and security tools that businesses
in a conventional environment might never have been able to afford. Cloud service providers
(CSP) can offer this thanks to the twin forces of economies of scale and competition. Now,
with technologies like SIEM systems and logic applications it is possible to automate
responses that in turn enable continuous assessment, so organizations can focus on proactive
threat identification instead of reactive damage control.

4. Serverless Computing

From a next-generation technology to a must-have service, serverless computing has come a
long way. One factor that has made it ubiquitous is the cloud. This is because it allows a ‘pay-
as-you-go’ service that enables organizations to pay only for services they consume based on
their  requirements without worrying about upfront investments. Serverless computing also
helps organizations avoid back-end failures, and provides safe sandboxes to test code. It is
only natural that in the days to come serverless computing in the cloud will play an influential
role in creating high-end digital experiences.

5. Sustainability  
Sustainability is one of the pillars of AWS well architected framework. The need to adopt
environmentally-positive practices is not just on the ground, but in the cloud too. From
learning to measuring, and improving workloads, such practices are not just good for the
environment, they also help the organization cut down energy consumption. Industry experts
posit that nearly 80% of energy usage can be eliminated through sustainability in the cloud
compared to on-premises. Custom design of data centers, cooling and power efficiency, and
higher server utilization are key drivers of these benefits.

6. Hybrid Cloud 
The cloud is essential to digital transformation for businesses. Not only does it enable
significant cost savings, it supports agility allowing organizations to adapt and change
direction quickly as needed. This is one of the main reasons for the increasing interest in
hybrid clouds. Combining public/private clouds with on-premises infrastructure gives
organizations the best of both worlds—the control of a private cloud or on-premises IT
ecosystem and the scalability, service strength, management, etc. that public cloud providers
offer.

7. Gaming
Gaming and the cloud are made for each other. With demand for multi-player gaming
soaring, the cloud has become a necessary platform to remove any barriers to players. In
addition cloud based gaming eliminates the need to storage space on the players’ own devices
which adds to its attraction, and it also reduces the risk of piracy, all of which translate into
lower cost and improved business viability.

Takeaways
There is little doubt that cloud is here to stay, and it’s making its presence felt across diverse
sectors. Not only has it set new benchmarks for flexibility and cost savings, it is also an agent
for innovation and change. As organizations continue on their individual digital
transformation journeys, and demands for more evolved technologies arise, we will continue
to see new trends and disruptions in cloud technologies.

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