Whilst cloud computing is nothing new, it is a technology that's taken a little while to gain real traction in business environments. This was due to a lack of confidence in aspects of cloud models such as security and the assumption in many circles that it was yet another buzzword that the technology sector had dreamt up.
To some extent the issue has also been the huge job that is deployment to the cloud, when thinking about moving entire infrastructures, or even just applications from the traditional onsite network to data centres which power the cloud.
However, over the course of the past couple of years, cloud computing has really begun to take off and it's safe to say that it's now becoming a trusted technology. According to the infographic below, courtesy of NerdGraph, by 2016 it's thought that a huge two-thirds of all workloads will be processed in the cloud.
The stats don't stop there though, all of the major cloud 'as a service' offerings are set for steady growth, with infrastructure seeing the largest at 11% and it's thought that the use of Hybrid cloud will start to see a bigger increase, with a growth rate of 27% expected to rise to 47%.
Interestingly, it seems that whilst concerns surrounding security are steadily declining, now businesses are beginning to worry about price instead. It's safe to say that virtualisation offers many cost benefits, so it's unusual that this should become a top concern. For the most part, cloud services are offered on a 'pay-as-you-go' basis, with no upfront costs and the use of the cloud also cuts down the need for capital expenditure on server and networking equipment.
Whatever the concerns for businesses though, there's no doubt that the cloud is now taking off properly and many companies are utilising its services in order to cut costs and become more flexible and therefore innovative.
If you're considering moving to the cloud or even if you just want to know more about it and the benefits it can offer your business, then why not get in touch today for a no obligation chat on how we can help you get the most from the cloud.