The Future Forecast is Cloudy

Public, private and hybrids, oh my! The technology industry has seen a rising popularity and expanding marketplace of companies offering clouds for businesses. There are large enterprise options like Microsoft Azure and Amazon for scalability with very affordable prices as low as $0.01/GB/month.

Alternatively, there has been a growing adoption in the realm of vendors who traditionally have only offered backup devices are beginning to incorporate the cloud into their services. These are companies like Unitrends that typically appeal to a mid-range market with a particular emphasis on data protection.

Recent surveys have revealed how pivotal that many businesses are finding cloud architecture in assisting organizations in completing their digital business transformation. Additionally, many surveyed IT experts acknowledged that hybrid clouds “enables strengthened IT agility, as well as making implementation of digital business initiatives easier, quicker, and less expensive.” Digitizing all this information to improve customer service, to encourage innovation, to support agile business decisions, and to bolster business revitalization means recognizing security as a top priority.

In the past, the safety of the cloud has prevented many companies from choosing a cloud system. A paradigm shift has occurred in the perception of data protection, according to a latest poll distributed among over 1000 executives. Many IT professionals speculate that on-site systems are more likely to encounter issues like environmental hazards and hardware failures.

Though private cloud systems are viewed as the securest option, public clouds are also preferred to an on-site set-up. The recent investment in cloud and its architecture means that security measures are regularly updated and innovations incorporated into future software updates.

A survey distributed by Evolve IP cites all these considerations as well as the fact that more than nine in ten businesses has at least one service in the cloud. This thriving dependence on the technology indicates a higher comfort and familiarity with it. Though there seems to still be hesitancy in the vulnerability of data transfer, the belief of higher security in the cloud prevails.

Since 2013, the percentage of “believers” in cloud computing has increased by over 20% and more than eight in ten people consider the technology to be well-developed. Such interest in the cloud architecture has spread beyond the large technology developers like Google and Microsoft.

For businesses searching for the right cloud fit, especially for data and disaster recovery, smaller vendors like Unitrends (mentioned earlier) assimilated the cloud into their tools for recovery and protection.

What’s important to note when assessing what type of cloud solution may be the best fit for a company are all the costs involved. Though the popular name options like Amazon and Google can offer low rates like $0.01/GB/month for storage, there are network egress fees and data retrieval rates to consider. For smaller vendors, they may not own and operate their cloud or be able to support multiple data center locations around the world like large companies, but the prices are all-inclusive meaning a more predictable bill.

The small vendors that focus more on data protection and DR are able to structure better ecosystems for back-up and archiving as well as being prepared for system failure. In such cases, backups have been replicated into the cloud and are available immediately so business may continue. In instances where a company requires a lot of backed-up data to resume working, Unitrends maintains the option of having a replacement appliance with the customer’s data pre-loaded and shipped overnight to the downed site for quicker recovery.

With the pressure on businesses to digitize, increasing security and additional benefits in clouding computing, and perceived stronger data protection in the cloud, enterprises must begin to recognize the forthcoming dominance of the cloud. A large amount of companies already utilize at least one service in cloud architecture and the trend shall only continue to grow.

Lindsey Cobb

Lindsey Cobb, a Georgia native and former history major, is a technology researcher who is fascinated by past and future of technology. When she is not engrossed in the prophecy of science fiction stories, Lindsey is likely to be planning her next adventurous trip or petting every dog she meets. Contact Lindsey at [email protected]