Why Cloud Computing is Expected to Soar in 2017?

Cloud has become an integral, and probably even a driving division, for many tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft, in 2016. As competition heats up with Google, IBM, and Oracle joining the bandwagon, 2017 is expected to be a great year for tech in general, and cloud computing in particular. Eventually, it is expected that these top players will control much of the $1 trillion cloud market by the end of this decade.

What factors are likely to contribute to this astounding growth? Here’s a few of them.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Internet of Things (IoT), as the name suggests, is a technology that allows different devices to communicate with each other. Much of these IoT components will use cloud computing to store, manage, and analyze the data.

Already, many companies are experimenting with different sensors to create a smooth flow of data, and most of them have cloud as the underlying infrastructure.  They choose cloud simply because these sensors tend to generate huge amounts of data, the storage and analysis of which happens best in the cloud.

Advanced connectivity

Cloud is fueled not just by software needs, but also by advancements made in the world of network connectivity. Recently, AWS executives talked in length about the 8,700 mile undersea cable that offers vast amounts of computing power to companies located in any part of the world.  Such leaps in networking hardware ensure speeds that are simply unmatched by servers and data centers. Another technology that we’re likely to see a lot more is white-fi. This is similar to Wi-Fi, except that it uses unused TV spectrum, especially in rural and remote areas, to provide high-speed connections to the Internet and its related components. Such advancements in connectivity are expected to give a big boost to the growth of cloud computing in 2017.

More ubiquitous

Gone are the days when companies spoke at length about the pitfalls of moving to the cloud, especially from a security point of time. Today, the consensus is that cloud will drive the future of businesses, and it is up to individual companies to embrace them.

Since business is all about competition and revenue, no one wants to be left behind, and so everyone wants to make the most of the benefits offered by cloud. Currently, almost all Fortune 500 companies use cloud in one or more ways, and this is expected to make further inroads in 2017. Besides the large enterprises, many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are also using cloud to meet their needs. 2017 is going to see more cloud usage by businesses across different sectors and geographical regions, regardless of the size and nature of operations.

Machine learning

Another technology that is sure to power cloud computing is machine learning. Many researchers are currently working on creating intelligent machines that can provide greater insights into the tons of data that are being generated every minute. This technology, like IoT, will also use cloud for storage and analysis.

In all, cloud computing is expected to soar in 2017 due to a combination of improved hardware and emerging technologies.

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