Why 2015 will be the year the cloud comes of age

Why 2015 will be the year the cloud comes of age

The growth of the cloud has been hugely significant in recent years, with an increasing number of companies beginning to see the positive impact such platforms can have on their overall IT operations.

Figures have already suggested that the march of the cloud is unlikely to slow down anytime soon, with the global market predicted to reach $79.1 billion (£54.02 billion) by 2018.

It therefore seems that the idea of handing over control of corporate data to a third-party vendor is no longer as radical as it was once perceived, with confidence in the cloud set to be solidified further over the next 12 months.

A majority of IT professionals appear to understand that the cloud is not simply an elaborate conspiracy to steal corporate data and is in fact a viable tool within ongoing trends for flexible working.

That's not to say the cloud is completely safe. Recent high-profile hacks have shown that some firms still need to have a better grip on basic security practices.

However, cloud vendors will have to take security more seriously than other companies, purely due to the fact that their livelihoods depend on it.

That prediction becomes all the more poignant when one looks upon the cloud's unstoppable transition into mainstream corporate infrastructure during 2014.

That has led to the cloud reaching a level of maturity where that has allowed it to become commonplace in a wide variety of organisations.

While getting security right has been a key part of that transition, it is just one area in which the cloud has seen improvements.

The number of applications being made available in the cloud has increased to such a degree that they are almost limitless, while the flexibility means companies are able to change the size of their system quickly and easily.

Dustin Bolander, vice president of technology at IT firm Technology Pointe, told The Next Web: “If the company needed less resources long term, you still had to commit to that capital cost. If you needed more long-term solutions, you were stuck making large purchases for more servers. Cloud lets you right size things on a monthly — or shorter — basis.”