It’s no secret that cloud computing is one of the fastest growing IT services in the industry right now. It is estimated that nearly 60 percent of current small-to-medium businesses are using cloud services and 72 percent of them virtualizing significant portions of their servers. As these organizations navigate through various stages of the adoption process, we have identified a number of emerging trends that are worth sharing. Here’s our top 5 for this year:
- BYOD – Since businesses are using cloud computing services more frequently, data can now be easily shared with employees through their communication devices (i.e. tablets, smart phones, laptops). As a result, BYOD (bring your own device) is not only more accepted, but is more commonly leveraged as part of normal business operations.
- Hybrid Cloud – Many companies are opting for the best of both worlds by choosing hybrid architecture that includes private and public cloud. The hybrid option combines the security of private clouds with the powerful, scalable, and cost-effective benefits of public clouds. This range of customizable solutions has proven to be an optimal IT Solution.
- Security Measures – The nature and newness of cloud has companies scrambling to devise and implement new data security policies and procedures. This year and going forward, companies are projected to devote significant resources and effort to protecting their cloud from breach.
- IaaS – Of all the cloud platforms, IaaS grew the fastest at 45 percent from 2012 to 2013. Currently a $15 billion business, this demand is fueled by the many cost effective benefits afforded to its patrons and the increased number of cloud suppliers entering the market. This trend shows no sign of slowing as IaaS is expected to grow to $31 billion by 2015.
- Industrial Internet – Cloud computing platforms are projected to play a growing role in creating the next generation of intelligent, software-defined machines. Now smart machines, such as the ones commonly used in manufacturing, will be operable and controllable entirely from centralized, remote locations.
To truly harness the benefits that cloud has to offer, you must first understand how this service is transforming business operations and your industry overall. For more information on cloud computing products and trends, click here to request assistance or call 410-585-9505.
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