Expert Predictions for Cloud Services in 2018 –

Cloud services for business and consumer usage are now routinely bought and deployed, but it wasn’t that long ago when many people cast a skeptical eye on them as being simply a fad that might blow over.

Security, access, latency, scalability—all of these posed growing pains in the beginning, but not so much anymore. Nothing is perfect, mind you, but the instances of problematic cloud offerings are waning every day. Security, of course, remains the biggest issue of all.

Major-league cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Rackspace, ATT, Verizon and dozens of others have continued to strap down security, offer virtually unlimited storage, speed up deployments and downloads and scale services to satisfy the ever-changing needs of business and the consuming public. Again, perfection isn’t in the picture, but IT as an industry is getting closer to it all the time.

eWEEK has collected some cogent observations about how cloud services will evolve in 2018. Here are 12 of them, and we may well have more in future editions.

Dimitri Stiliadis, CEO of Aporeto:

  • Acceleration of consolidation and partnerships in the cloud market: “AWS, the cloud computing juggernaut, will maintain its leadership and will continue its strategy of being the “Amazon” of the space, namely the biggest storefront where vendors of all sizes and shapes can sell value-add products on top of AWS native services.  In response, the distant second-place player, Microsoft Azure, and the very distant third-place contestant, Google Cloud Platform, will accelerate their MA and partnership activities to create more compelling reasons for customers to choose them.  What is that compelling reason?  Familiarity with known solutions and extending existing relationships between vendors and customers – but inside the Azure or GCP cloud instead of the private data center.”