A few years back, it was somewhat challenging to recognize which movements in corporate computing would be short-lived, passing fads, and which would be transformative, operationally advantageous trends that could last. Cloud computing was certainly one of the many types of progressive technological innovations to sprout up and be called out as overly hyped by more skeptical analysts and experts, but these assessments have simply not been accurate.
Rather, it appears as though there is no ceiling or proverbial plateau sitting above the current cloud computing market, as companies have shown that they intend to continue investing more in these solutions to compete in the modern era. With more substantive trends sprouting up, such as big data and the Internet of Things, chances are cloud investments will only continue to accelerate in the coming years, rather than balancing out.
The IoT is coming
International Data Corporation recently reported that the rate of data workloads devoted to the IoT will expand at 750 per cent between last year and 2019, showing that organizations are decidedly embracing the trends more quickly than many expected. The impact this will have on provisioning cycles for data centre services will be dramatic, and the cloud is likely to play a major role in helping both service providers and their clientele succeed in their endeavours.
"Equal, or even greater, investments in the IoT platform services residing in the data centre will be instrumental in delivering the IoT promise of anytime, anywhere, anyhow connectivity and context," said Rick Villars, Vice President, Data Centre and Cloud. "Given the number of devices connected and the amount of data generated, businesses must focus on their IoT service platform requirements at the level of the data centre itself, not just the individual servers or storage devices."
Companies that have not yet started to lay the groundwork to embrace the IoT in stride should do so soon.
"The cloud might be the best option to embrace the IoT."
The IoT is yet another trend in a long line of innovative movements that has directly increased the need for bandwidth, storage capacity, service delivery and analytics enablement. The cloud might be the best option for all companies working to embrace and capitalize on the IoT, as well as the big data and mobility trends that have gained traction in recent years.
Because of how much the cloud powers these types of trends and makes them more feasible for a wider range of organizations, the market will continue to rise for the foreseeable future.