2015: Year of the cloud

Feb 27, 2015

Cloud has long been heralded as the most disruptive and significant technology in computing for a good few years. Will this year be the year it moves from hype to happening in the public conscience? In many ways of course, the cloud is already here. A huge number of businesses are already using cloud services in some capacity, be it email, file sharing, VOIP or a complete cloud solution.

 
We must remember that it is still early days for cloud. There were always bound to be some teething issues, and we are still waiting for software to really catch up with hardware but all things considered I think it is safe to say that cloud for the most part has been implemented remarkably well, with relatively few teething problems.
 
The reality is, cloud has actually surpassed the huge expectations people had for the technology. If there was ever something that lived up to the hype - this is it. One might compare cloud technology to the first smartphones. At first, people were very excited (and with good reason) and the first iPhone really was something to behold. It was impressive, but we really began to reap the benefits of the new technology in the coming years as the competition caught up, and innovative apps started popping up in their thousands.
 
We are currently riding the initial wave of cloud hype, and there are many more waves behind it in the form of new platforms, software, hardware and applications for the technology that we can barely even conceptualise at the moment. Give it a few years and we will start to truly see the power and potential of cloud.
 

Levelling the playing field

One of the best things about cloud technology is its ability to disrupt and distribute power more evenly, allowing smaller businesses to access the same technologies and resources available to large ones. 93% of SMBs are adopting cloud, oftentimes they are able to move quicker to than their larger competitors. By doing so they are able to access higher levels of storage, share with greater efficiency and reliability and avoid the huge cost they would have once had to bear in order to access the same technology in-house.
 
If you have already moved to cloud services, what should you be considering as we enter this exciting new phase? We are going to be seeing a lot of new applications for the technology. It is important that we continue to assess new technology and perform a cost/benefit analysis. Don't just adopt new technologies for the sake of it. Ask yourself the same questions you did when moving to cloud systems in the first place. What benefit will this provide my business? How much disruption will it cause? What are the costs? By all means, welcome new technologies, but make sure they will provide you a real net benefit.

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