Today, we can watch videos and listen to music online, without even having to download them to our PC or mobile phone, has already become a commonplace activity.
This is one of the wonders of cloud computing, this technological transformation that is here to stay.
In this model, files, programs and even hardware resources (such as memory and processing) that are located on servers around the world can be accessed directly from your computer, tablet or mobile. So that’s how your webmail or your internet banking software, for example.
And cloud computing not only benefits our personal lives, but also companies, and much of this type of investment in technology. Instead of having to fork out huge sums to create and maintain a fleet of own servers, you can hire the resources you need in a flexible and scalable manner, increasing spending in a gradual fashion as the business grows.
This explains why cloud computing continues to grow. Last year, investments in technology have increased over 67%, according to the research.
And there’s much more to come. Check out some predictions for this market:
Growth in India
Although still small when compared to more mature markets, the Indian market embraces, increasingly, the cloud computing. The expected growth for the next three years here, according to IDC, is 74% – which means somewhere around 798 million dollars invested by Indian companies in the technology by the end of 2015.
Increasingly, ordinary citizens are adopting hosted services and storage in the cloud for personal and business files (photos, music, calendars, emails etc..). This not only helps to increase and cheapen deals, but also reduce fear and resistance to technology, even by firms.
Another change taking place is greater integration between private clouds (exclusive to one company) and public (contracted third party). Research indicate that the public cloud is more used – with 39% adoption, compared to 34% of the private cloud and only 27% of the hybrid model – the forecast for 2018 is that the adoption of hybrid cloud will be 43% (followed by public cloud, with 32%, and private, with 25%).
This tends to happen because there is a greater need for inter-connectivity between different clouds.
Another trend that is already underway and will intensify even more impressive is the use of mobile devices to access the network, especially applications with sound, video and location technologies, so that accesses become more snapshots (requires a system of very competent response) and much more.
Internet for “All”
The clouds are not only accessed by people and businesses. Increasingly, equipment and appliances, such as refrigerators, TVs and cars, become part of this network, fed it with data and seeking information to provide it to their “owners” with speed, safety and convenience. According to Gartner’s forecast, the number of Internet connected devices is expected to reach 50 billion in 2015 (ie, we will have more “stuff” that people connected).
And your business is inside these trends and eager to try this new way of investing in technology and doing business? Update yourself!