5 Cloud Epiphanies for the Technocrats: 2017 and Beyond
In this article, we look at five trends in cloud-based technologies that should hold true going forward, and what they mean for IT.
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This post enlists 5 specific cloud-centric assumptions which are expected to hold true— even in the next few years. While Internet of Things is getting mixed reviews worldwide, cloud computing is growing in leaps and bounds— especially when it comes to offering remote services.
Industry insights aren’t actually hard to get a hold of when statistics keep flooding the internet. Moreover, cloud computing is one of the most sought-after technologies — looking to unleash its true potential a global scale. While most industry leaders are looking to prep their organizations for the future, the cloud is slowly turning into an inseparable part of this challenging quest.
It would now be appropriate to get the conversation started and enlist the 5 raging cloud trends for the upcoming years.
Increase in Cloud Investments
It is evident that most organizations are steadily shifting toward cloud-based frameworks but the actual results are more inspiring than ever. According to stats, almost 84 percent of firms — regardless of their size — were seen shifting towards cloud services by 2016. It’s 2017 and we can expect this number to go up by leaps and bounds.
Companies rendering VPN services and online servers are reaping the benefits of cloud computing and most of them have already shifted to a more cohesive environment. In addition to that, cloud investments are rewarding in the long run as businesses need not refurbish the physical arrangements every now and then.
Security and SaaS to Triumph
While cloud investments would be too generic to look at, it is important to understand which aspects will be getting the most attention in the next few years. As per reports, 2016 was the year of Software as a Service and even security standards, via cloud services. That said, the trend will be similar, at least for the next five years.
At present, we all are eager to embrace a SaaS-driven workplace which is expected to become a norm by 2020. Currently, any average firm is already using 16 SaaS-driven applications. Software as a Service adoption has allowed professionals to look beyond on-premise software allocation and things are expected to flourish even further. If the current trend is followed, by 2022 the converging gap between SaaS app adoption for small businesses and other industries is expected to disappear.
However, two new yet promising areas are also expected to make the cut. 2016 witnessed 39 percent investment in IaaS services and around 34 percent in disaster recovery. Gauging the existing pattern, it wouldn’t be wrong to presume that the trend will hold.
Flexibility to Be the Slogan
Even today, most organizations are giving it to flexibility in order to vindicate their cloud-based investments. Moreover, if reports are to be believed, at least 61 percent of organizational stalwarts are already vouching for collaborative IT environments and flexible working standards.
While flexibility will continue to top the charts, there will be a major emphasis on overall security which is already pulling in around 59 percent of the existing professionals. Lastly, cloud investments will also amplify courtesy inclinations to remote access functionalities. Be it accessing files sans the physical device or switching off an entire plant without being physically present, cloud computing is expected to give us myriad reasons to rejoice.
Anomalies to Remain
The cloud shift is one of the more anticipated changes but even this is expected to show up with certain concerns. There are people — mostly the conventional lot — who are worried about data security associated with cloud breaches. In simpler words, security concerns are still stopping professionals from embracing cloud computing without inhibitions.
There are individuals who still think that adopting and implementing cloud services can be highly disruptive to the fate of an organization.
Budgets to Soar
Increased cloud budgets are likely and these would mean amplified resources and better security standards. Moreover, the budget is indicative of better accommodation and how companies are putting more faith into this technology. At present, almost 44 percent of IT professionals are upbeat for growing budget allocation while around 55 percent of IT leaders are optimistic about the resources to come.
The Cloud is certainly one of the most efficient technologies to show up in recent times. However, the adoption has always been an issue for certain SMBs. While the current shifts are pretty inspiring, the next few years will see cloud-computing reach a whole new level.
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