Top cloud challenges for 2015 revealed

Top cloud challenges for 2015 revealed

There's no question that 2014 was a year in which the cloud really took off as a concept for many businesses, particularly small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

According to IDC, the use of the cloud has led to a massive increase in spending, with IDC estimating that the amount of money being spent on public cloud services increased to $56.6 billion (£37.43 billion) in 2014.

However, the rise has not been all plain sailing, with a number of organisations finding themselves juggling numerous cloud apps having little knowledge on how best to maintain an acceptable level of data security.

The need for keeping corporate data and information secure has not exactly been a secret over the last few months. A number of high-profile scandals and breaches have come to the fore, causing more IT leaders and decision makers to think harder about taking a greater level of control over their mobile systems.

Mobile working has been a key driver in cloud adoption, with the platform allowing the flexibility needed within a bring your own device (BYOD) policy.

It means that 2015 could be the year in which mobile device management really becomes an essential technology, leading to businesses showing a greater willingness to adopt apps that do more than just sync data across devices, making allowances for features such as remote wiping when devices are lost or stolen.

Just as companies will place a greater emphasis on cloud adoption in terms of the number of apps they implement, there will also be more of a need for increased reliability.

The migration of services to the cloud means that reliability will be hugely important.

Downtime can cause huge problems for companies with cloud apps, meaning that 99.9 per cent rate of uptime could no longer be enough.  

Similarly, there will also be a greater level of attention to consolidating providers. If companies are using multiple cloud apps, each one from different vendors, it can cause something of a logistical headache. There could therefore be a greater demand placed on providers to offer more services, allowing them to be kept in one place.