2016: The Year of the Cloud

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With many technological commentators predicting 2016 as the year of the cloud and with industry rumblings that imply Amazon will soon be setting up on UK soil, we explore what the Cloud means to us today, the growing need for simplicity and we’ll also dispel a few nasty myths along the way.

There is now a generation of soon to be CEOs, who have been using cloud-based services in one form or another to manage both their social and working lives. They see consuming services as the norm and they’re not afraid of embracing it to help drive business growth.

Smart organisations are utilising IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) as an example to control infrastructure spend and leveraging value from the inbuilt agility that the Cloud offers, to react to unexpected shifts in demands on IT. Paying for what you need, when you need it, simplifies planning and lowers project costs.

Cloud capability is rapidly moving toward being the core framework around which any modern enterprise IT function is built. It is a framework that can facilitate the virtualisation of IT departments in much the same way that cloud service providers use virtualisation technologies to deliver a cost effective and wholly extensible compute-stack.

The Gartner Symposium in 2014 indicated that the Cloud market is set to be worth anywhere between $65-80 billion by 2019. During 2015, there was a 32% growth in IaaS alone. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a close second being seen as the ‘smart’ way to do development.

The question is, with the turn of the New Year firmly under our belt, what does 2016 truly hold for Cloud and all those that seek to embrace it?

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