By this stage, Cloud computing is no longer something that most medium to large businesses are considering implementing – rather they are now looking at how they can best use it to their advantage. One survey posited that Cloud take-up in the UK has increased 15% in the year to August 2015, and investment bank Goldman Sachs is predicting serious growth for Cloud platforms and software in 2016. So what are the emerging trends to watch out for over the next 12 months?
Increased Reseller Hosting
When you buy a Reseller package from your hosting company, you are allowed to sell off portions of your server space to other companies at your discretion, with your branding on it and there is no need to mention the original host whatsoever. That means additional revenue for you, a wider customer base for the main host, and an extra benefit for your clients – wins all round.
When you go with a first-rate supplier such as UK2 Reseller Hosting you get to offer Cloud hosting with enterprise-grade hardware and superb levels of security and uptime for less cost than your clients would pay for dedicated servers or a VPS, and depending on the package you buy, Cloud redundancy, and boundless storage and bandwidth (within the limits of the hardware).
DDoS attacks are a growing and ever-evolving threat that will certainly not be out of the news any time soon. In recent weeks alone, the recent TalkTalk hack was thought to have been precipitated by a DDoS attack. With so much server space at its disposal, advanced monitoring and mitigation software that gives early warnings, and experienced security teams able to identify and neutralise threats before they impact your web services, Cloud computing is an essential for any organisation that considers itself at risk, which, let’s be honest, is all of them.
Expect to see more centrally-coordinated applications being developed that can be accessed from anywhere in the world, as Cloud providers continue to adapt to the needs of companies with wide-ranging staff. Project collaboration and communications will take great leaps forward in 2016.
Internet of Things
Big Data is going to get, er, bigger, every year, but with so much information available out there already, and more set to flood in as era of ‘the Internet of Things’ comes into its own, to make the best use of the data companies will need advanced computing power to sort and analyse it. Where to source that? The Cloud, of course. We can also assume we’ll be seeing more and more legacy systems being integrated into Cloud platforms.
The scalability of Cloud packages allows businesses to expand and contract easier in order to cope with a fluctuating economy. It also helps with tapping into human resources wherever they are in the world. As our planet becomes ever more connected, and the need to hire the best people remains high on management agendas, the Cloud presents a good solution.
Over the last few years, awareness of the benefits that Cloud computing delivers has grown, to the point that we are now seeing teams across organisations take a stake in Cloud-related decisions, from HR to Marketing to Finance and R&D, all the way up to CEO-level.
The major benefits of the Cloud are well-documented, from greater collaboration among disparate team workers to better customer service, lower software licensing costs to heightened security. Expect these to become ever more advanced, meaning the question is no longer, ‘Is your business using the Cloud yet?’, it’s ‘How is your business using the Cloud?