A recent report entitled A Cloudy Forecast estimates the growth of cloud in the USA and beyond will be massive in this coming 12 months. In fact the report’s authors suggest that take-up of services will be around 80%.
I won’t be surprised to be honest if this turns out to be true. In the UK alone, an increasing number of companies are starting to realise the value of using this relatively new technology. At the very least it can cut costs that in-house systems incur.
Furthermore, with a growing number of infrastructure companies such as IBM and Hewlett Packard, not to mention software giants such as Microsoft getting in on the act, Google’s pre-eminence in this area could be challenged.
The report itself, I believe, was published by GlobalWise Investments which takes a strategic look at what is happening in the world of computing and advanced technology.
It points out that any business that uses a computer has the opportunity now to make a lot of money by investing in cloud in some way. This could range from application development to sales of specific software.
Moreover, the way computing is developing these days there isn’t any need for a humble PC to be directly linked to a server. This simply means employees and others can work remotely without the worry of losing any information such as documents while moving about. The fact that this information is being stored on a service provider’s servers covers all bases.
The only requirement is an internet connection.