The existing cloud landscape is changing. In fact, while cloud-computing has been developing rapidly over the last decade, the next 12 months could be transformative for this type of technology.
So, what do we expect to see from this market in 2018 and beyond?
The rise of the hybrid cloud
While switching to cloud-enabled technology (e.g. hosted desktops) is easy, some organisations remain unwilling to ditch their on-premises tech; often due to fears about security. But, while moving to the cloud can actually make your business-critical information safer, what can you do if you simply don’t like the idea of storing your sensitive data externally, but want to enjoy the benefits of the cloud? A hybrid approach to desktop delivery could be the answer, and with the adoption of hybrid cloud computing increasing, we can expect to see the market grow steadily.
Security concerns have thwarted cloud adoption. But, with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force this year, cloud-vendors will have to conform to global standards of operation. What’s more, rather than holding businesses back, 56% of IT managers are now citing improved security as a primary motivation for moving to the cloud. Find out more about our stringent security standards and processes.
The domination of hyperscale providers
Research predicts that by 2021, over 600 ‘hyperscale’ data centres will exist. What’s more, these massive data centres will account for around two-thirds of all data stored in data centres. This has raised concerns that, by relying on a small number of providers, we could be putting all our eggs in one basket. It’s crucial, therefore, that your provider makes security a key priority. Find out more about what you need from a cloud data centre.
The rapid growth of SaaS
The growth of on-demand services in the consumer world (e.g. Uber, Deliveroo, Netflix etc.) has sparked the rise of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions in the business environment.
And, the expectation for on-demand shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, according to research, 50% of all IT spending is going to cloud-based services this year and the industry will be worth $390 billion by 2020.
Superfast mobile internet
One of the biggest barriers to cloud adoption is a slow internet connection. But with 5G a hot topic in tech circles, the next evolution in wireless communication is just around the corner.
With much faster upload and download speeds, the combination of fifth generation cellular and cloud technologies is set to be game-changing.
The arrival of multi-clouds
Put simply, the multi-cloud model means using more than one cloud service from more than one cloud provider. This prevents dependence on a single provider and lets businesses pick and choose the services they want. And, with SaaS, many organisations are already doing just that.
But, the multi-cloud model also sees businesses use different cloud infrastructure providers for the same services. So, should one cloud vendor experience a problem, the company can switch to a different vendor without any hassle. However, the complexity of managing many clouds can prove difficult, and at Cloud Geeni, our cloud server services come with 99.9% uptime guaranteed!
In 2018, the pace of cloud innovation will outpace on-premises solutions. So, companies that haven’t yet done so must look to embrace the cloud or suffer the consequences.
Find out more about how our cloud server services can help your business grow over the next 12 months (and beyond!).
 Bain & Company