The future of the cloud: are you on board?

Posted by: Schepisi - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2014 has been touted as the year of cloud computing.It’s predicted that this is the year that cloud computing services go mainstream: businesses are learning the value of modern IT and scalable resources.

The year ahead is set to be a huge period in the development and moreover the deployment of the cloud and its associated services. We take a look at some of the biggest trend predictions of the year.

The future of the cloud

Cloud computing is no longer a "buzz word"

According to many, something that started out as a perceived trend or fad will very quickly become the standard method of computing, and cloud computing should no longer be seen as just a buzz word. 

In fact, the fundamental notion behind cloud computing has been around for 70-odd years.

1. To those with security concerns: you’re running out of excuses!

Security will become more important than ever. 

The demand for security will never decrease; but the demand for the cloud will trounce any security concerns. People are warming towards the cloud and becoming more trusting in its security.

And to those still resisting the benefits of the cloud, be warned: you could well be fighting a losing battle: in 2012, a survey found that 85 per cent of companies felt positive towards the cloud, an increase of 13 per cent from the previous year.

2. Cloud for business will be the norm:

Big shots who don’t warm to cloud computing for business will be seen as “old school” and “less relevant”.

Cloud resistance will be seen as an irrational attitude, given the fast-paced migration of businesses of all sizes considering or already adopting cloud services. It’s predicted the notion of cloud for business will become the way we do computing. Period.

3. The popularity of cloud computing services will continue to rise in Australia…

Australia isn’t a place that lags behind – we’re always right up there with the rest of the world when it comes to embracing new technology, devices, and services.

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Australian businesses are encouraged to embrace the cloud.

A survey from the Australian Communication and Media Authority (AMCA) found that the number of Australian consumers using cloud services increased 11 per cent between 2012 and 2013, and this trend is set to continue this year.

4. …and the rest of the world:

It’s predicted that cloud spend in the United States will reach $13 billion by the close of 2014.

5. IT departments will become more involved in solving business problems and will embrace the cloud:

It will become increasingly difficult for IT departments to fight a losing battle against businesses migrating to the cloud. Instead, the role of IT will see a slight shift, and instead of rejecting the cloud, they will embrace it an incorporate it into their service offerings.

6. Mobile devices will continue to rise in popularity:

The sales of tablets and smartphones are predicted to rise 18 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively. Companies are embracing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend and seeing first-hand how connectivity does not need to end once employees are out of the office.

Are you on board?

As technology continues to evolve, we’re finding ourselves accessing data on a multitude of devices.  Businesses have more ways to not only store and access data, but to protect and manage it, too. 

We’re living in a fast-paced world; technology is developing faster than ever and businesses are learning to keep up and embrace it.

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