Top 5 reasons cloud services succeed

Cloud services are one of the hottest trends in tech. With public cloud services spending due to rise to over £45 billion in 2015, we take a look at the top 5 reasons companies are choosing cloud services to supplement their IT networking solutions.

Top 5 reasons cloud services rule / image via iStockStudies by the International Data Corporation (IDC) have predicted an upward trajectory of popularity and spending on public cloud services. Costs are set to reach £45.3b ($72.9b) by 2015. That’s up from £14.1b ($21.5) in 2010. This massive growth increase is over four times higher than projected growth in other global IT markets.

This means cloud services are one of the hottest trends in tech. This rise in popularity means there is a growing increase in demand for highly skilled network administrators, IT project managers, data specialists and network designers.

But what are the primary incentives for firms to utilise cloud computing services? Advocates of the cloud claim there are five major benefits:

  • Cost:
    By utilising services on a centralised hub, many companies can share a single complex infrastructure maintained by the cloud provider. This means you only pay for what you need, and remove the massive costs associated with creating an IT infrastructure from scratch.
  • Speed:
    Many cloud services work straight from the box – meaning there are no internal resources spent on planning, development and implementation. This outsourcing means many companies do not need any specialist IT hardware or on-site administrators.
  • Scalable:
    For companies who are just starting out, who experience seasonal spikes in activity, or who expect to develop exponentially, cloud services offer flexible services, robust enough to cope with fluctuations in growth.
  • Mobile:
    Cloud services are intrinsically designed to be accessed remotely. With all your data in one centralised hub, workers can access services and data from anywhere, at any time. It’s ideal for a mobile and international workforce.
  • Responsive:
    With service development in the hands of the cloud providers, companies can be confident that services are up-to-date, meet current demands and evolve with the market and customer needs.

The benefits of cloud services have attracted a large number of businesses, from the smallest start-ups to well established multi-national corporations. Analysts at the IDC are eager to demonstrate the importance of cloud services, saying “The cloud cannot be sufficiently understood as a standalone phenomenon in the IT market, but rather as a core ingredient of a larger transformation of the IT industry – and many other industries using IT to transform themselves.”

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