Companies nowadays depend more and more on technology, not only in terms of the products they sell or the services they provide but also in terms of serving their operations and maintaining their infrastructure. It is impossible to think of an industry or a workplace where computers and software do not run the game, from the simplest tasks like communicating with clients or setting up meetings to more complex processes like auditing. Businesses who want to stay on top of their game are used to identifying tech solutions that could save them effort and money – and cloud computing lately seems to stand out amongst them.
The Cloud Revolution
A quiet revolution seems to have taken place lately: cloud computing, namely the use of hosted services over the Web for storage, applications and processing, arrived and has gradually yet surely conquered the business world. There is no enterprise today that does not make use of cloud services instead of building and maintaining their own computing facilities for several major processes of everyday operations. The question is: could a company only use cloud services for its main infrastructure, avoiding desktop software versions altogether? The answer is a resounding yes – which only goes to show that cloud environments are leading the way.
Basic Operations Can Easily Migrate to Cloud Environment
In fact, according to Forbes, cloud computing will rise from $67 billion in 2015 to roughly $162 billion by 2020, demonstrating a 19% rate of compound annual growth, while global public cloud provision was projected to reach almost $247 billion last year, up 18% from a little under $210 billion back in 2016. Cloud is very popular for its virtually unlimited storage capacities, with the most well-known services like GoogleDrive and Dropbox offering their basic services for free. Microsoft has also caught up and released its Office365 version of the popular Office suite, allowing clients to work on the cloud all the time. Amazon, where cloud drives profit, as its Amazon Web Services (AWS) provided 10% of the company’s revenue and 72% of its operating income during Q1 2018, has even released a cloud desktop service called Amazon WorkSpaces, which allows users to access their desktop, complete with data and apps, from any device at any time.
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Cloud Shows the Future of Business
Using exclusively cloud-based software is still not the rule so businesses need to pay attention to detail when it comes to IT and security issues. This means that necessary tools like a web application firewall (WAF) are a top priority in order to secure your cloud-based web applications and make sure that your company complies with regulatory standards, including PCI, HIPAA, SOX and FISMA, as is employee training to proactively ensure that everything runs smoothly. But cloud solutions also have significant advantages for enterprises, the most obvious perhaps being the absolute mobility that this approach promises. Basically, you can set up shop anywhere from scratch and just open any computer and access everything you need, which is perfect for industries where people need to be on the move a lot. It also offers increased protection, as you can always access a backup version of your work on the cloud.
So, could you build your entire company’s infrastructure on the cloud? As far as we are concerned, the question is not whether you could, but how quickly you should. Cloud is the future – but it is happening now.