With 2015 upon us, it important to foreshadow on the biggest cloud trends coming up in the New Year. Cloud computing was once considered fringe, nearly a decade ago. According to Microsoft Azure’s homepage, more than 57% of Fortune 500 organizations are using Microsoft Azure which is Microsoft’s take on public cloud for the enterprise. Other studies show that at least 50% of businesses are considering the use of cloud in some way shape or form. With this startling statistic, it’s safe to say that cloud is here to stay and it will continue to change the way that IT services are delivered to both consumers and enterprises alike.
Cloud security startups seem to be all the rage in Silicon Valley these days. With cloud security being the top concern for most organizations looking to get their feet wet with cloud services, it becomes clear that cloud security will continue to dominate the thoughts of IT executives who are tasked with coming up with innovative solutions for their enterprise. Keep an eye out for cloud security startups that look to introduce their products into the landscape. When these solutions are successful and met with rave reviews, a tech giant may come in and buy out the company in efforts to offer the product to a wider audience.
Internet of Things
As more cloud connected devices hit the market, the Internet of Things will start to become a buzzword used more often inside of tech circles. However, 2015 could be the year that the term goes mainstream with consumers. With IoT being introduced to consumers in the form of wearable devices such as the Apple Watch, the IoT will begin to gain a grip on a portion of the cloud market as the IoT continues to mature and emerge in the upcoming years.
Cloud Spending Will Continue to Rise
A report created by RackSpace mentions that small to medium sized organizations will spend $10 billion more on cloud services than they did in 2014. RackSpace goes on to predict that this trend will continue upwards into the next few years. Sources such as Gartner also predict an upward overall spike in cloud spending. With enterprise, IT budgets are increasingly going more towards cloud solutions, the move to cloud will cause many IT decision makers to reevaluate the need for an on-site data center with so much of the organization’s applications being moved onto cloud services. Hybrid cloud solutions will also continue to be a popular implementation of cloud throughout 2015.