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By Koby Phillips – VP of Cloud Practice, Telarus  

This will not come as a shock to you: Technology is evolving faster than ever, and the cloud computing landscape in 2024 is no exception. This unprecedented pace is bringing forth innovative technologies and new transformative trends, but it can be difficult to keep up. Here’s my take on the top cloud innovations to keep in mind as you work to help your clients maximize the potential of cloud to optimize their operations and position themselves well for the next wave of digital transformation.

Artificial Intelligence at the Core

AI isn’t new to the cloud, but it will be seen, talked about, and impact us in ways we haven’t experienced. One major way is the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into cloud services as it continues to be a transformative force. In 2024, cloud platforms are expected to offer increasingly sophisticated AI and machine learning (ML) capabilities. From predictive analytics to natural language processing, businesses will harness AI-driven insights to make data-driven decisions, automate processes, elevate customer experience, and unlock new realms of innovation. These AI deployments need massive databases and servers. Setting up such resources in-house is cost-prohibitive for most companies. The cloud and innovations such as edge computing and serverless enable such computational power (more on that in a minute).

Not sure where to start the AI Cloud conversation?

A critical first step for any business when considering implementing new AI products or services is to help them evaluate the following:

1) Is your infrastructure and data set up properly to modernize your environment to support AI?

2) Do you have a team in place to develop and oversee compliance and data privacy standards for AI implementation?

3) Do you currently possess the in-house expertise and resources to oversee AI initiatives on your own, or would you benefit from the support of managed services and consultancies to help you develop your roadmap?

Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Strategies Flourish

Everyone loves to have options, and this is why hybrid and multi-cloud architecture will continue as the most adopted approach for companies prioritizing cloud modernization. Hybrid uses a combination of two or more different cloud environments, with at least one private cloud solution and at least one public cloud resource. Multi-cloud includes two or more public cloud services. Both offer indispensable strategies for businesses seeking flexibility, scalability, and resilience. In 2024, organizations are expected to embrace these models more fervently, leveraging the unique strengths of different cloud providers. This trend not only mitigates the risks associated with vendor lock-in but also optimizes resource allocation based on specific workload requirements.

The Evolution of Serverless Computing

What’s the lowest maintenance type of server? No server at all. Serverless computing has revolutionized the way applications are developed and deployed. In 2024, watch for the evolution of serverless architectures, offering even greater abstraction from infrastructure management. Developers can anticipate more refined serverless frameworks, enabling rapid cloud-native application development, efficient resource utilization, and cost-effective scaling based on actual usage patterns.

Edge Computing Takes Center Stage

One of the most compelling narratives in cloud innovation is the accelerated adoption of edge computing. As the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem expands, organizations are seeking solutions that offer low-latency processing. Edge computing brings computational power closer to the data source, resulting in real-time analytics, reduced latency, and enhanced efficiency. In 2024, we can anticipate a surge in edge computing applications, ranging from smart cities to autonomous vehicles. This of course goes hand-in-hand with IoT conversations and adds more overall value to what you can offer your clients. Be on the lookout for more IoT selling opportunities from our Mobility and IOT practice leaders this year.

Quantum Computing Exploration

If you are like me when you hear about quantum computing, you think of the Ant-Man movies, but it is not just a comic book storyline. Quantum computing harnesses the laws of quantum mechanics to solve problems too complex for classical computers. While still in the early stages of development, quantum computing is poised to make waves in the cloud space. From climate modeling to accelerating drug discovery to cracking uber complex AI problems, cloud providers are partnering in quantum research and are expected to unveil services that explore the vast potential of quantum computing across industries. As the quantum landscape evolves, organizations may soon find new avenues for solving complex problems that were once deemed insurmountable.

More Advancements in Cloud Security

As cyber threats become more sophisticated, cloud security remains a top priority. In 2024, cloud providers are anticipated to unveil advanced security measures, including enhanced encryption protocols, AI-driven threat detection, and comprehensive identity and access management solutions. These innovations aim to fortify the security posture of cloud environments, instilling confidence in organizations as they migrate critical workloads to the cloud. Look for more on this from my esteemed colleagues covering our Cybersecurity practice.

In 2024 cloud will continue to be the cornerstone of the digital revolution, driving real efficiency and scalability, and shaping the future of computing in ways we are only beginning to fathom. As a technology advisor, you can play a critical role in helping your customers create their optimal cloud roadmap and connect them with the best-fit providers to see their vision through. And of course, me and my fellow Telarus Advanced Solutions Team are standing by to help.

Want to learn more about Koby’s cloud predictions and business tips? Check out his recent discussion on the Telarus Next Level BizTech podcast.