The term “cloud computing” was first introduced at an industry conference by Google CEO Eric Schmidt in 2006. In the last 15 years, this technology has taken the business world by storm, as well as influenced how millions of people create documents and even share their photos.
“The cloud” offers business leaders enormous flexibility and portability, allowing teams to only pay for the amount of processing power and storage space they really need. And with this well-established tech rapidly improving every year, its proliferation will certainly continue. Indeed, eWeek noted that many tech leaders see cloud adoption and database migration to the cloud as one of the most promising trends for 2022. If your business has not substantially invested in deploying cloud-based tech, here are some reasons why you likely will in 2022.
The Cloud Is a Business Necessity
Much of the business world revolves around the use, integration, and storage of data. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that proprietary data crucial to running any business is stored safely. If your business data is stored on in-house servers, the risk of a crash or cyberattack could leave your clients compromised and your network in shambles. Working with a cloud services provider can help ensure your data is held at a less vulnerable site that is accessible from anywhere. Cloud providers also store huge swaths of data, meaning that in the event of a cyber incident, the chances of your firm’s data being compromised are relatively low.
Cloud services also represent a prudent cost-saving opportunity for your bottom line; with a variety of plans and the pay-as-you-go structure, businesses generally lower their costs in the long run by transitioning to the cloud.
Cloud Tech Is Improving
As with most technologies, the capabilities and features of cloud tech are rapidly expanding every year. This means that cloud providers are engaged in steep competition for new business, pushing for more comprehensive service offerings.
The improvements in cloud technology also pertain to the largest risk factor of the industry: cybersecurity. The risk of data loss or network compromise has kept some business out of the cloud realm until now, and cloud providers and startups alike are seeking to remedy this. New companies are popping up every month offering enhanced cloud security and encryption to businesses, and the cloud providers themselves are striving to break through this barrier to more wide scale cloud adoption.
In short, the technology is getting faster and more secure.
Customization and Hybrid Solutions
As cloud technology continues to mature, the potential for a customized and bespoke solution for every business has become feasible. Multi-cloud and hybrid frameworks have emerged as extremely common in the tech world, especially for businesses that don’t want to store 100% of their information in the same place. The ability to utilize multiple providers also allows businesses to “mix and match” the best aspects of various cloud services and craft a solution that benefits their unique data situation and budget.
More and more, cloud computing is offering less of a “one size fits all” approach to storage and processing power, and more of a “choose the exact tailored fit you need” offering. This expansion and customization of services opens new doors for businesses to invest in the burgeoning new tech.
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