Cloud Computing for 2020


Cloud computing has been a top IT trend since 2006. Cloud technology will only continue to grow as more organizations utilize cloud services. What trends are in store for this year?

Hybrid Clouds

Hybrid clouds allow workloads to move among third-party, public, and private cloud providers. Because private clouds can easily transfer data to the public cloud, many organizations find it to be a convenient way of using the cloud.

Open Source

Some people predict that the cloud might be completely run using open source software in the future. While closed source technology will not become completely obsolete, more organizations will start using open source for the cloud.


Service-as-a-software (SaaS) has increased over the past decade. Technology such as AI and machine learning have copious amounts of data that need to be safely stored.

Companies can now pick and choose which cloud computing services they need from multiple vendors and create custom solutions using more than one service.


Keeping information safe from outside attacks is crucial. With the growth in automation, Application Programming Interface (API) security is becoming increasingly valuable.

Security breaches will continue to be a concern in the coming years. Cloud breaches are becoming increasingly serious as the amount of users with private data housed grows.

Cloud providers, like Google, are already starting to require extra steps to ensure the identity of those trying to gain access to sensitive information. One commonly used method is enforcing password policies that require users to create stronger passwords that cannot be easily guessed by hackers. There will also be greater emphasis on two-factor authentication or possibly a rise in three-factor-authentication that requires both software and hardware keys.


Kubernetes is turning into a popular tool used for software containers, which help host modern applications that can run on any computing platform.

Kubernetes is likely to continue to grow in 2020 and may reach ultimately become embedded in almost all platforms. It could become ubiquitous to the point at which people will stop considering Kubernetes as a separate market.

Cloud Management

With the popularity of multi-clouds and private clouds, people want a tool that can provide them with a singular view of all of their cloud accounts.

Although cloud management offers have increased, there is not a huge variety of options. In the next few years, expect to see more cloud management software as the technology continues to grow.

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