Cloud Computing 2015

Cloud computing has skyrocketed over the past few years, and there is certainly nothing in the way to suggest that this trajectory will become at all hindered in the coming future – if anything it is only likely to accelerate. It is therefore essential that all businesses keep their eye on what is happening and make regular updates to their cloud strategies as technologies progress and new marketing opportunities arise. The potential for cloud computing is one of the most significant factors for increasing business, and the depth and breadth of its impact we will all need to monitor closely as this year progresses.

“Cloud computing is a major technology trend that has permeated the market over the last two years. It sets the stage for a new approach to IT that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they’ll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models. Cloud computing has a significant potential impact on every aspect of IT and how users access applications, information and business services.”

You must be ready for the changes and innovations that will be coming in the cloud if your business is to run at the speed of change as it happens. So, to help you get ahead, we’ve put together a list of the 5 strategic cloud computing trends that you need to be aware of in the coming year.

Cloud Trends

 1. Cloud Optimization For All Application Designs

Yes, this is becoming an increasingly essential strategy for application designers across the globe. Whereas in the past it has been quite permissible for organizations to simply transfer their workloads to an application infrastructure or the cloud, it is now time to start designing applications that are absolutely cloud optimized from the outset without exception. To fully reach the potential of your cloud model and continuously deliver only the highest standard of applications, cloud optimization should be at the very forefront of all new designs.

2. Hybrid Cloud Computing

Put simply, the hybrid approach to cloud computing is when an organization uses a combination of private or public cloud services and physical application infrastructure. Hybrid cloud computing certainly looks set to become an imperative in 2015. As is noted in ITBusinessEdge, “Gartner recommends that enterprises focus near-term efforts on application and data integration, linking fixed internal and external applications with a hybrid solution.” Indeed, an integrated cloud model, based on both external and internal cloud platforms will be used to allow leverage on changing business requirements.

3. Data centres To Adopt Implementation Models Of Cloud Service Providers

  In order to continue to increase agility and efficiency in future infrastructure and datacenter investments, it is essential that companies apply the concepts of cloud computing to their ongoing strategies. At present, what is largely the case is that datacentres are handled by cloud service providers, whilst the organization itself focuses its attentions only on service consumption. However, as businesses expand – and therefore their datacentres – it will be a far better approach to adopt implementation models of cloud service providers to increase performance all round.

 4. Cloud Brokerage

It has only really been over the last year that cloud services brokerage (CSB) has come into its own as a key factor for users and IT departments alike. CSB essentially describes the action whereby a service provider plays a liaising role in assisting the consumption of cloud computing. It is widely predicted that CSB will continue to gather pace as a trend over the next couple of years, as more businesses take more and more of their workloads into the cloud to try and make themselves independent of IT bureaucracy.

5.  Cloud Friendly Decision Frameworks

It is fair to say that even the most steadfast skeptics have now had to agree that cloud computing can offer a huge range of features and benefits, completely unavailable before the expansion over the past couple of years. And, as such, IT departments have been allowed to focus their resources into delivering new services, which ultimately accelerate business and fuel innovation. In 2015, therefore, it is essential that all of your decision making should continue to optimize the gifts that the cloud can shower down upon your business.

The cloud undeniably offers greater agility and better service delivery, and all with considerably less complexity than what has been available before. In order for your business to make the most of what the cloud has to offer then you will need to monitor these ongoing trends throughout the coming year, and adjust your cloud strategies accordingly to always ensure that you are keeping up with the speed of change and constantly innovating and pushing your business forward.


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