The cloud has been a computing concept for over half a decade now (for almost 54 years, to be precise!) and it's always fun to take a look into the crystal ball to see what is set for cloud computing providers and users in the years to come.
Below we've collated some predictions based around what cloud vendors will need to do (or continue to do) to maximise growth and ensure the cloud remains a secure way of sharing, editing and collaborating on business documents, data and databases.
How might the cloud expand into 2015 and beyond? Read on!
The best cloud storage providers will offer...
The best cloud storage providers will offer cloud services that can be accessed on mobile. The shift to mobile is huge. We're using these devices for everything (and that's not an understatement). Work patterns are changing; we're breaking the norm.
Cloud applications must be mobile user-friendly so we can continue to access data, documents, spreadsheets and client contacts, allowing us to remain connected - wherever we are.
It's predicted that a quarter of all applications will be available in the cloud by 2020.
(This also blends into the growth of Bring Your Own Device and BYOD policies - staff can access emails on the go and aren't restricted by location.)
Cloud services will...
Cloud services will continue to offer custom solutions designed to suit the needs of various business types and sizes.
There's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to the cloud - we have stressed this many a time before - and as more as more business not only dip their toes but submerge their whole bodies into the cloud, providers must ensure their services are bespoke and can be tailored right down to the last detail.
One of the most tantalising features of the cloud is to adopt a model that works the way your business works - vendors must not let this notion go.
Cloud security concerns will...
Cloud security concerns will continue to decrease. This was a major speed hump many found themselves stuck at in the early stages of the cloud, but research from Right Scale showed that the number of respondents who saw security as a significant challenge had decreased by 13 per cent from 2013 to 2014.
Cloud computing in Australia will...
Frost & Sullivan's State of Cloud Computing in Australia Report 2014 predicts that our cloud computing market will quadruple over the next few years to $4.88 billion in 2018.
The benefits of cloud computing will continue to impress...
The tangible, realistic and achievable benefits of cloud computing will continue to impress schools and government bodies and we will see a wave of cloud initiation from these kinds of organisations.
The Australian Government's Department of Finance already has in place stringent and comprehensive agreements and guides in regards to the implementation of the Australian Government Cloud Computing Policy. You can read more about it here.
Understandably, sensitive government data needs strong protection, including not only vigorous passwords, firewalls and encryption, but also on-site security, surveillance and locked infrastructure at servers' physical locations.
Some of these predictions take us immediately into the next year, while others are based on long-term forecasts. Either way, we are excited about what cloud computing can bring to small and large businesses alike. It's an important time for cloud computing. Let's watch it grow!
If you've kept up with our blogs over the past few months you've hopefully grasped some sound knowledge about cloud computing, particularly in Australia.
If your mindset has changed from trying to understand what on earth the cloudy is, to considering how a bespoke cloud solution could apply to your business, then it's time to take the next step.
Have a chat with us: organise your Telstra cloud computing consultation with a Schepisi expert right now!