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Data backup in uncertain times, law supporting cloud migration and AI development - cloud computing trends for 2024

Cloud computing is now an integral part of the digital world. As Asseco Cloud experts point out, the degree of use of this technology often depends on the size of an organization and its technology stack. Smaller companies, including startups, are already creating cloud native applications. In turn, larger ones are migrating to the cloud, but the process can be lengthy, especially for complex systems that have been in place for a very long time. In the coming year, it will also be important to continue working on regulations so that they support the development of cloud computing, without forgetting data security.

According to Asseco Cloud experts, no one needs to be convinced about the advantages of the cloud anymore. In recent years, there has been a big change in the mentality of decision-makers and the perception of the cloud computing technology, which is much more resilient to disruption than traditional on-premise infrastructure. Outsourcing IT services to the public cloud makes it possible to accelerate their implementation and respond more efficiently to new market needs. In the case of public administration, change is being driven by law, which requires, among other things, the implementation of a cloud backup storage strategy. The corporate sector, on the other hand, appreciates scalability, flexible billing models and business continuity security.

The most important trends in the cloud area according to Asseco Cloud experts:

  1. The location of backup matters - The war in Ukraine has shown how important it is to locate backup copies of data essential to the functioning of the state and companies in key industries. As Lech Szczuka, President of Asseco Cloud, points out, backup is only useful if it can be used. If the data center where it was stored is destroyed, this is impossible. Therefore, according to the Asseco Cloud’s President, it is worth considering placing backups in a center in another country, which will allow access to data, for example, in the event of the outbreak of war.
  1. Law supporting the cloud - According to Lech Szczuka, in the coming year we can expect an intensification of work on further legislation aimed at ensuring the security of public administration data and critical infrastructure information. To a large extent, this will be based on the cloud, which, as the Asseco Cloud’s President points out, is already evident at the stage of project specifications and in tender bids. The Asseco expert predicts that in the case of regulated industries, such as finance, law will also open up to the cloud computing technology, especially in the area of backup data centers.
  1. New applications will be created in the cloud - The cloud is a natural and fundamental environment for application development. It allows to use ready-made components, libraries and solutions that greatly facilitate the work on software. Many processes have been automated. As the President of Asseco Cloud explains, applications can now be "clickable", there is no need to create them completely from scratch. The cloud also means less work at the infrastructure level, e.g. no need for server configuration and virtualization. Companies can use the resources saved in this way for business development.
  1. Further migration of legacy systems to the cloud - In the coming year, we will continue to observe the migration of large, long-standing systems to the cloud, both in public administration and in business such as banking. As the President of Asseco Cloud points out, this is a very complex process that often takes many years, requiring the decomposition of these solutions and the migration of individual components.
  1. The cloud develops AI - Lech Szczuka points to the inextricable link between the cloud and artificial intelligence (AI). Initially, machine learning was used to administer databases. Over time, the technology has evolved and is finding wider and wider applications. Today, the cloud is a natural environment for the development of AI. It makes it easy to create AI-based applications and manage them at a later stage. According to the Asseco expert, this trend will further fuel the already huge demand for cloud computing services and computing power in the coming years.