Cloud computing has been on the business radar for several years, helping businesses to enable digital transformation, redefine the way they are running operations, compete on a global scale and take advantage of growth opportunities like never before.
According to the latest Gartner report, 90% of organisations will be actively using cloud services by 2022. The cloud-enabled digital transformation continues. From start-ups to enterprises, the following cloud computing trends are adopted by a growing market.
Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Solutions
The most popular cloud model of the moment, the hybrid cloud is still offering a technical advantage to businesses transitioning to the cloud. It combines current on-premise infrastructure with the flexibility of cloud technology and the control of private cloud services of their choosing.
As organisations diversify their applications and business requirements, multi-cloud solutions become the next step in their cloud transformation journey. It’s easy to see why. The multi-cloud environment allows businesses to become more agile and control their data and workloads on the cloud most relevant to their requirements: public, private or hybrid.
Backup and Disaster Recovery
The cloud is fast becoming the preferred medium for businesses to store their usual workloads, email hosting, productivity tools and even critical business management software. However, more and more organisation recognise the cloud’s ability to offer excellent backup and disaster recovery (DR) solutions, in particular, public cloud providers.
With the immediate availability of public cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud or Amazon Web Services (AWS) which have enabled powerful backup and data compliance solutions in their infrastructure, organisations are more willing to allocate cloud budget to DR solutions – on average 15% allocation, according to a Spiceworks report.
With the popularity of the cloud environment, organisations have shown a growing interest in security concerns around data hosting and storage. Although many companies have transitioned to the cloud without focusing on cloud security from the start, security protocols are now taken more seriously than before.
The enforcement of new data regulations and compliance frameworks such as the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has given organisations the opportunity to ensure that their data practices are both safe and compliant when shifting to cloud computing.
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