2018 looks extremely bright based on these interesting cloud computing predictions.

Each year, Forester releases cloud computing predictions for the upcoming year, and 2018 is no different. This year’s predictions are heavily weighted towards the growth of the big three cloud providers, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, and Google. Read on to learn what you can look forward to in 2018 when it comes to cloud computing.

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What to look forward to in cloud computing next year

  1. Amazon, Microsoft, and Google should capture 76% of all cloud platform revenue in 2018, and should be close to 80% by 2020.
  2. In 2018, more than 50% of global businesses will rely on some type of public cloud provider to drive their organizations and serve their customers.
  3. Microsoft Azure Stack will cause an increase in hybrid and private cloud spending across the globe in 2018.
  4. The global public cloud market will be $178B in 2018, up from $146B last year, and is expected to continue at a 22% compound annual growth rate.
  5. Cloud security will continue to be massively important and providers will further integrate security solutions into their platforms.

Why your company can’t afford not to move to the cloud.

If you’re one of the 50% of businesses noted above that have yet to move to the cloud, there are a whole host of reasons why you should. Below are just a few of the many reasons why you can’t afford not to move at least some of your infrastructure to the cloud.

Your competitors are using it

If at least half of all companies are utilizing the public cloud in some fashion, chances are high some of those are your competitors. Can you afford to let your competitors leverage the most powerful computing resources in the world, while your company is still running a basic data center out of your own office? There is simply no way that you can compete on a resource level with the likes of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, who are all literally investing billions of dollars into building the most powerful cloud platforms in the world.

Pay only for what you use

Are you expecting 2018 to be a banner year? What happens if it’s not? If you invest in expensive in-house infrastructure to find out down the line that it’s unnecessary or you want to take your business in a new direction, you’ll be left with massive amounts of overhead. With the cloud, you only pay for the amount of resources you need, which can scale up or down as your business grows or contracts. This allows small organizations to compete with Fortune 500 companies, because of the unheard of access to world-class infrastructure found in the public cloud that was once only available to companies with valuations in the billions.

Minimized downtime

Cloud providers meticulously track downtime and do everything they can to minimize it for their customers. In fact, many cloud platforms offer service level agreements giving you credits if they’re down for an extended period of time. This is much different than an in-house data center that could experience extended downtime which could literally cripple your business.

Distributed data centers for added redundancy

Another massive benefit of cloud computing has to do with redundancy. Most cloud providers like AWS, Google, and Microsoft have redundant data centers so that in the event one location is experiencing problems, your instances can instantly be spun up in a different data center with little to no downtime. This would be virtually impossible if you were running your operations from one data center located within your facility, or even an off-site data center that didn’t have true redundancy.

Interested in learning more about the benefits of cloud computing for your business?

If you’re looking to better understand how you can leverage the cloud to improve how you do business, the experts at MessageOps can help. We’re professionals in wrapping managed services around our various offerings including Microsoft Azure, and would be happy to provide you with insight about how your business can better perform in the cloud.

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