By Prashant Mishra, Alibaba Cloud MVP, and CEO, Founder Click2Cloud Inc.
In this technological evolution, Alibaba Cloud's cloud computing has become one of the most impactful platforms which are fascinating in the world in recent times. Due to its outstanding assets such as flexibility, storage, easy access, virtualization, and scalability has influenced many large and small organizations to migrate their workload and computing tasks to the Alibaba cloud. Providing any type of computing service over the web is cloud computing. These services can be storage, server, database, application, networking, and analytics. This results in innovative cloud computing trends to bring flexibility and scalability in your business.
These compelling cloud computing trends promote remote operations, stability, and security. Alibaba Cloud computing infrastructure eliminates maintenance costs, making it more affordable with easy access to be adopted by businesses of different sizes.
Since cloud computing has become one of the most implemented platforms with its enabled digital transformation, it has resulted in fast growth and improved productivity in several IT workarounds.
Though there are certain real-time challenges faced with traditional open sources platforms such as high maintenance cost, security problems, heavier workloads, increased latency, difficult access, vendor lock-ins and data recovery, which are being overcome by the following transformations in Alibaba cloud's cloud computing as shown in Fig .1.
Fig 1. Transformation in Cloud Computing
As the cloud industry is becoming more and more mature, we are also noticing several trends in this area. The trends in cloud computing are mainly focused at tackling the major concerns that customers may have when adopting a cloud architecture. Figure 2 shows a consolidated view of cloud computing trends explained as follows:
Fig 2. Cloud Computing Trends
Cloud data security is one of the major concerns, not only for the customer but also for the cloud service provider. The solution to underlying cloud data security challenges in cloud computing includes:
Alibaba cloud computing challenges cannot be fixed with just one single cloud. Instead, the demand graph of the multi-cloud environment has grown exponentially with the passing years, as the businesses recognize that cloud data management cannot be confined to one specific cloud infrastructure. Instead, they are combining public and private cloud to embrace multi-cloud and hybrid cloud offering to distribute their heavy workloads. Hence, implementation of multi-cloud strategy in cloud computing has improved flexibility, reduced cost and vendor lock-ins, making it preferable for accelerating business growth
Most of the organizations are focussing on artificial intelligence and machine learning that involves cloud computing infrastructure for their smooth development, deployment, decision making, and data analysis. Developers can develop complex ML models with large data set and algorithms, whereas Artificial intelligence leverages text analytics, speech, vision, machine language translation with cloud computing. Using Alibaba cloud AI and ML with the cloud is one of the most cost-effective and reliable cloud computing trends which results in high productivity and increased cloud adoption.
As most of the application is shifted to public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), where they need to be optimized to become more cost-effective. Hence, cloud providers have recognized cost optimization as an integral part of the cloud migration platform. They continue to work toward developing skills and tools to analyze operational data for cloud cost optimization that will result in the best performance cloud architecture to their customer with maximized savings.
Increased Latency is one of the attributes that affect network speed and results in the delay of traveling cloud data from source to destination. So, to avoid such inefficiencies, edge computing comes to the forefront. It is a method to enhance the cloud computing network by processing data, application, and compute resources at the edge of the network or nearby to the end-user.
Precisely, edge computing brings computation and data storage to local platforms such as CPU/laptop, IoT device, and edge server instead of centralized cloud computing. This improves security, speed, scalability, application performance for data request and retrieval between client and server with low operation cost. Hence, edge computing provides support to large scale enterprises looking for big data solutions.
Network interventions, data interruption, system crash, and network failure are some of the loopholes in cloud computing faced by different businesses. This leads to the loss of important data files and information. To overcome such challenges, disaster recovery and backup have become a trending solution.
It is Alibaba's cloud computing backup strategy that utilizes cloud resources to protect its data and application in the event of human or natural catastrophes. It favors the organization by providing an entire system backup that allows the smooth functioning of the business. By replicating your entire cloud data, it acts as a secondary infrastructure that enables users and organizations to continue with daily business processes and run applications on VM's in case the primary system suffers any kind of disaster.
These are some broad picture of Alibaba cloud computing trends which is leading cloud development and implementation in the IT sector. These advanced cloud trends stem IT industry to enter the era of standardization and increased compatibility by providing improved portability to workloads and mobility to data streams
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