How Cloud Storage Transformed Between 2019 and 2023: 9 Main Trends

The author of this article is EPAM Lead Software Testing Engineer Nidhi Sharma.


Introduction

The pandemic, a traumatic and transformative time in our recent history, sent shockwaves into every corner of our lives. As with many challenges, however, there were some positive developments that flowed from it. We saw how deeply businesses and technology felt the effects of the pandemic, and in this article, I'll consider how it influenced our journey into the digital age, taking us into areas we hadn't explored much.

The pandemic led to a significant change in the way businesses function. This brought about new challenges for our tech infrastructure, especially the growing importance of cloud services.

The need for remote work became a new normal, and many businesses found themselves needing to adapt to it quickly. Back in 2019, a study by Accenture showed that nearly 90% of businesses had started using some kind of cloud technology. Most of these businesses had moved only a fraction, about 20–40%, of their operations to the cloud. With pandemic-inspired transition to the cloud happening quickly, it highlighted the way companies started using cloud storage to make the most of its benefits during these unique times.

How to define cloud storage

Cloud storage, often hailed as the digital marvel of our era, revolutionizes the way we manage and access our digital resources. In this article, I’ll focus on two distinct features of cloud storage.

  1. Data beyond boundaries. It's time to reduce dependency on local storage from physical devices like hard drives or on-site servers. Cloud storage unshackles data, freeing it from the confines of tangible hardware and making it less dependent on components with inherent limitations.
  2. The caretaker of the cloud. Today, data is mostly managed by specialized third-party service providers. These providers store and maintain client data on secure remote servers. Cloud storage offers a wide range of solutions, ensuring that data is readily available yet securely stored within the cloud infrastructure.

Conclusion

The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the tech business landscape, shifting cloud storage to center stage. As businesses pivoted to remote operations, the benefits of cloud storage, such as data accessibility and robust security, became more obvious. The combination of cloud storage with AI technologies helps shape future business innovation and expansion. From my perspective, this shift is not just a temporary adaptation but a long-term strategy that will define the new norm of business operations.

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