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Monday, July 28, 2014

Moving up: Cloud usage continues to climb

Cloud utilization continues to rise, boosted by a variety of more robust and secure services.

Category:   Enterprise Mobility

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Chances are pretty good that you use the cloud in some capacity. According to Business Insider, 90 percent of Internet consumers around the world are "on the cloud" in one way or another, and the proportion is not expected to decrease as Web utilization expands globally. In addition to everyday consumer use, more enterprises are taking advantage of cloud computing and services to facilitate their operations. 

Promising outlook for cloud markets 
As Business Insider noted, mobile growth continues to fuel cloud utilization. As organizations strive to improve productivity and job satisfaction through mobile opportunities for their employees, the cloud becomes an attractive resource to help support highly accessible resources.

The trajectory of these trends can be seen in the exploding cloud markets worldwide. According to eWEEK, a report from Technology Business Research found that the private cloud market will reach $69 billion by 2018, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 14 percent from 2014. Driving this development is the increasing preference for managed private cloud and hybrid integration, the source noted. 

In fact, TBR research also pointed to the expanding popularity of hybrid cloud deployments, a market that has reached $7 billion in 2014 and includes the business for 20 percent of large enterprises, Biz Journals reported. 

The advantages of the cloud for professional settings include its flexibility, scalability, agility, and affordability. Hybrid options enable companies to retain more control over their mission-critical or sensitive resources while pursuing the cost-savings benefits of public platforms for other aspects of their system.

The security factor 
One of the reasons cloud computing has gathered steam of late is that the security concerns traditionally associated with the platform have been greatly mitigated. In particular, more diverse and robust options from cloud vendors as well as tools that organizations can use to boost the security of their cloud systems are enabling groups to take advantage of the cloud without putting their resources at risk.

For example, a cloud file transfer protocol (cloud FTP) enables entities to host their secure file transfer solution within the cloud. This Software-as-a-Service option provides the cost benefits associated with the cloud, since companies can enjoy pay-as-you-go pricing and avoid upfront capital expenses. Managed solutions like this take the burden of system configuration and maintenance off the shoulders of IT teams, often allowing companies to have greater degrees of security than they would be able to accomplish without outside help.