It’s not only just an advantage anymore: but actually a necessity. How much will the cloud change business processes by 2020? What is the European commission’s strategic plan for cloud computing by the end of the decade?
“Everything will be in the cloud by 2020“, says Frank Yue in an article for Cloud Computing magazine. There are a few different types of cloud services: software as a service – SaaS, platform as a service – PaaS, anything as a service – XaaS. Also, the Cloud can be public, private or hybrid. They all have something in common – virtualization, ecology and effectivity. Due to this, many world governments are supporting the industry and the companies that decide to manage their processes in the cloud. The predictions are that by 2020 the cloud will be a standard tool for every business.
It is understandable that the usage of the cloud depends on the size and type of industry. Start-ups and small companies would most likely use a public cloud due to cost and availability.
Large companies tend to be more concerned about their safety and tend to have more difficult processes. This generally requires a private cloud or custom solution.
The European Union and the US take the Cloud seriously
The US government initiated a ‘Cloud First’ program, which says: “The Cloud First policy mandates that agencies take full advantage of cloud computing benefits to maximize capacity utilization, improve IT flexibility and responsiveness, and minimize cost.”
Europe is “pro Cloud” as well. The European commission states that 80% of companies using the cloud benefitted from a 10-20% decrease in IT costs. For 50% of them the costs had even decreased by 30%. This is the reason that the EU has prepared a set of rules to increase the potential of cloud computing within Europe.
What helps the Cloud to become the standard is its ecologic core. With the cloud, there is almost literally a paperless office, significant reduction in hardware and software purchases and a reduction in energy spent.
There was an analysis of US, French and UK companies that had moved over to the cloud. According to the analysis they have managed to reduce carbon emissions by a half. The Carbon Disclosure Project calculated that: “by 2020 U.S. companies with annual revenues of more than $1 billion can save $12.3 billion in energy costs and achieve carbon reductions equivalent to 200 million barrels of oil a year if they shift to shared data networks.”
The Cloud will continue to be utilized within fringe industries and developing countries and we also expect to reduce the fear of data safety, which has been somewhat misplaced.
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