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2015 year in review: cloud computing

Posted by: Schepisi - Monday, December 14, 2015

In 2016, it's predicted that enterprises will allocate 25% of their IT budgets to cloud computing. That's a serious figure. Seems like having your head in the cloud is a pretty vital thing for many businesses around the world!

But before we find ourselves in 2016 (and wondering how 2015 went so fast), we're taking a look back at the year that was.

2015 saw many changes and developments in the cloud landscape. We further discovered how flexible the cloud could be, and that it’s this malleability that allows businesses of all sizes to create a tailored cloud strategy and solution that works for them.

Additionally, events were held to celebrate the cloud and further investigate how it’s helping businesses of all sizes from every corner of the globe (including the government!)


The Cloud Expo was held in the Big Apple

The Cloud Expo was held in New York City.

One of the world's biggest gatherings of cloud experts, vendors, and delegates was at the Cloud Expo. It was held in New York City on 7-9 June and explored not only cloud computing, but also the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and microservices.

More than 100 demo theatres and exhibits allowed visitors to ask the hard-hitting questions, and there were plenty of giveaways throughout the three days.


Soar in the cloud: Telstra’s cloud revenue rises by 33%!

Brilliant figures from Telstra shows that their financial year-on-year cloud revenue has increased by a third!

Why? Because as businesses learn more about the features of the nimble cloud (including its cost-effectiveness and its appealing scalability) they’re understanding that they needn’t be a specific size, nor have a desirable number of employees and servers, nor work from a precise location.

If you’re in the research stage, there’s no doubt the Telstra cloud is at the top of your list. And with the extra layer of service from a Telstra business partner like Schepisi, it’s a win-win situation.


Cloud Expo Asia – October 2015

250 global suppliers gathered in Singapore for the Cloud Expo Asia 2015. The event ran on the 28th and 29th of October and saw record numbers attend to learn about the Asian cloud market and the potential and future evolution of technology.

200 of the world's top experts spoke throughout a number of seminars and conferences. Best of all, the event was free to attend!


Moving towards the norm

2015 was the year we declared the cloud was on its way to becoming the “standard model for IT”.

While the notion of the cloud has in fact been around for decades (read more in our blog post, Cloud computing: a history), the modernised cloud we are more familiar with today has well and truly made its mark on traditional IT.

Not only is technology and business operations changing, but so too are jobs, skills, and education.

IT teams are shifting towards other roles that allow them to use existing skills in various areas of business designed to be more profitable. (Read this blog to learn more, particularly the section under the heading “Lower people costs”.)


Cloud passports

How often have you had those little bursts of panic at the airport (or even in your hotel room) when you reach into your pocket or bag and can’t immediately feel your passport?

It’s a fear many of us have! But could this panic soon become a thing of the past?

Are cloud passports about to land in Australia?

A few months ago, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed that Australia was working with New Zealand towards passport-less travel.

How?

Individuals’ information would be stored in the cloud, replacing the need to carry (and worry about losing!) your passport. (Did you know that almost 39,000 passports were lost or stolen between 2014 and 2015?)

Of course, in such a move, security is paramount, so only time will tell if this passport-less environment is in our foreseeable future.

(Read more here)

These are just some of out favourite stories from the past 12 months, and we can’t wait to see how 2016 pans out. Some of the questions we’re already thinking about include:

  • Will hardware fight to stay relevant?

  • Will data moving to the cloud become even quicker and simpler?

  • And will the cloud and IoT continue to develop together?

It’s going to be a big year. See you then.

Telstra business partner, Melbourne