Top Five Predictions of Cloud Storage in 2018

By CIOReview | Thursday, November 30, 2017

Currently speaking, the cloud is old news. However, its continuous impact on businesses and individuals is not diminished by this. As cloud-based services strive towards ubiquity, their impacts will likewise scale, as will their effects. In fact, 74 percent of CTOs today believe that cloud computing will have the most measurable impact on their business this year.

The cloud has quickly become the domain of governmental regulations, the source of information sharing and vast venture investments for businesses, particularly in the area of file storage. We have witnessed the transformation of simple online storage options into full-featured Enterprise File Sharing and Sync (EFSS) solutions. As we watch businesses move to as-a-service, auto-scaling and pay-as-you-go models, here are five predictions for how cloud storage will change in 2018:

1. GDPR will catch most SaaS providers unready

Albeit the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was passed in April 2016 more than a year ago, many SaaS vendors and enterprises will not be ready to meet the strict GDPR requirements despite the long lead time that has been granted to prepare. The predicted troubles lay in the fact that cloud-service providers across the globe will be bound by the GDPR’s guidelines and these regulations go well beyond the physical borders of the EU.

2. Governments worldwide will focus on decentralization

Governmental organizations and governments, particularly those outside the U.S. galvanized by a need for data integrity, sovereignty and security, will seek decentralized cloud services to ensure absolute control on where data is stored and who can handle it.

3.  Cross repository governance and protection products will emerge

Enterprises find themselves with data distributed across numerous services, much like consumer use of the cloud. Attempts to simplify by transferring all files into a single storage repository is not practical, given the expanse of enterprise data. In fact, as an organization grows, the number of repositories in use will expand to accommodate.

4. Ransomware protection takes a prime position

This year has witnessed a viral epidemic of ransomware attacks and the threat will only escalate. As these attacks often focus on cloud service providers employed by the target, businesses of all types and sizes are susceptible. Therefore, one of the top features when selecting cloud services that host important business data will be Ransomware protection.

5. Data loss prevention by content machine learning

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have touched technologies across the spectrum throughout 2017, and cloud-based EFSS is no exception. These technologies will act as the cornerstones of understanding data and improving data security in 2018.