9 Cloud Computing Technologies You Need to Understand for 2018

Posted January 22, 2018 By  Cynthia Harvey

If you want to find the hottest areas of enterprise IT today, you'll have to look to cloud computing.

"The cloud has become the launchpad for virtually every new IT innovation in the last 24 months – including AI, blockchain, quantum computing and more," Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC, stated in November 2017. He added, "Organizations not on the public cloud will be increasingly isolated from the world of tech innovation."

That trend towards cloud innovation looks likely to continue throughout 2018 with the leading public cloud computing providers rushing to roll out new services that incorporate the latest advances.

For their part, enterprises seem eager to give these new cloud services a try. Cloud revenues for the first half of 2017 exceeded IDC's forecasts, totaling $63.2 billion. The platform as a service (PaaS) segment of the market, which is the segment where many of these new innovations can be utilized, saw particularly strong growth, with revenues increasing 50.2 percent year-over-year.

Looking ahead, Gartner predicts strong growth in the public cloud through 2018 and beyond. "As of 2016, approximately 17 percent of the total market revenue for infrastructure, middleware, application and business process services had shifted to cloud," said Sid Nag, research director at Gartner. "Through 2021, this will increase to approximately 28 percent."

So which are the hot cloud technologies that enterprises will be deploying in 2018? This slideshow takes a closer look at 10 areas that are generating a lot of interest in the cloud computing industry.

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