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Cloud computing gains dominance, part I

Over 60% of small to medium-sized businesses will migrate to the cloud within the next few years

Unprecedented growth

A recent survey of over a thousand IT decision makers by Intel Security reveals that the majority of IT budget expenditures will be on cloud services by early 2018. This comes at a time when overall IT spending is on the decline. This is a critical development because data services are as vital to business as oil is to nations.

According to recent research, over 60% of small to medium-sized businesses will migrate to the cloud within the next few years–with four out of five businesses reporting they will obtain cloud-based services.

The reasons for this sea change are simple and compelling–

  • Because there is no user investment in infrastructure, cloud computing costs are almost always lower than in-house IT.
  • As needs fluctuate, cloud-based operations allow users to scale up and down instantaneously, increasing efficiency while saving money.
  • Cloud service providers develop and maintain their own system hardware, software, and install upgrades, saving organizations valuable resources.
  • Cloud-based systems are accessible across all devices.

Security no longer the biggest issue

Improvements in cloud security have encouraged industries like finance to move outside of their corporate data centers for cloud systems administration, data processing, and storage. Even the World’s largest IT consumer, the U.S. government, is moving services to the cloud.

With an increasing number of organizations relying on cloud services, baseline security will continue to improve, enabling still greater migration away from in-house data processing and as organizations integrate cloud-based services into their IT resources. In a recent survey, a higher percentage of cloud customers report they are more concerned with developing resources and training more cloud-computing professionals than they are with security.

In Part II of this Insights series, I’ll provide more detail about the increasingly agile, user-friendly cloud-based options available to organizations.

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