As we begin to approach the middle of the year, companies are asking what 2016 has shown so far about the future of cloud, and what it could contribute to their business in years to come. Since 2010, the number of UK businesses using cloud computing has risen by 75%. This dramatic increase suggests that businesses should be doing what they can now to ensure that they have the infrastructure and staff training to cope with use of the cloud in the future. So what are the 6 emerging cloud trends predicted for 2016 and beyond?
#1 VDI and DaaS will contribute to flexible work culture
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) schemes are on the rise with a large number of companies looking to optimise their IT costs and admin time. Through increased use of VDI and DaaS, employees can work remotely from home or any other location with an internet connection, allowing them the benefit of being able to work more flexibly. Over the next 12-18 months we could see BYOD schemes becoming standard practice amongst a range of sectors, with greater security measures also being developed to compensate for the higher risks. To keep up, it’s important that your customers are ready for this change, so moving them to using Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solutions now can help to get them ready for the future.
#2 Data will become more manageable for SMEs
Access to and management of large volumes of data have not always been accessible for SMEs and medium-sized businesses without a high budget. However, this is changing, and we are seeing the growth of cloud enabling SMEs to crunch huge data sets in a manageable and realistic way. Cloud solutions give scalability to SMEs without large hardware costs to expand and grow. Along with added flexibility and the chance to downsize without significant costs, big data is now more feasible for SMEs.
#3 – Improved data privacy
Customers are becoming more aware of data protection and privacy, leaving businesses with the need to guarantee that data is stored and used securely. This additional pressure to ensure data sovereignty combined with complicated UK legislation and the EU’s new DPAs (The EU General Data Protection Regulations), UK businesses looking to invest in cloud can face legal and reputational issues if they cannot meet these requirements. This is another factor that is strongly influencing businesses to work towards outsourcing their IT to an experienced and professional IT provider that will take care of these needs.
#4 – Efficient technology use
Technology is progressively having a more prominent role in business – from in-house hardware to marketing using digital platforms. Due to the rise in cloud technology, it is common to see CIOs being freed up to focus on strategic marketing and business goals. Board-level IT representation could be standard within the next few years as companies choose to outsource their IT and allow IT providers to create virtual infrastructures.
#5 – Hyperconvergence as a basis for cloud
Within the next few years it is highly likely that hyperconvergence will become the standard platform for cloud. This will provide users with not only cost-savings, but greater working efficiency, speed and flexibility. Virtualisation allows staff members to communicate and work together easily from different locations at their convenience.
#6 Growth of IT providers
IT providers want to give their customers access to cutting-edge and useful services that enable them to work efficiently, securely and provide the best services themselves. The movement towards cloud-based services is leading many businesses to outsource their IT requirements to experienced providers. It’s not always easy for companies to keep on top of the latest technological and IT advances in-house, making it increasingly more likely that more and more businesses will endeavour to outsource this in the future.
With your customers moving towards a greater reliance on cloud-based solutions, it’s vital to be on top of the latest cloud solutions. Marathon know that sometimes you may not have the specific expertise in-house to cater to a client’s requirements. If you have a skills gap that you’re looking to fill for a project, Marathon engineers will work on a fixed-term white label basis to deliver this as a part of your team. Give us a call today on 020 8329 1000 to find out more.