Each month we round up some of the biggest cloud computing news stories from around the world and bring them together into one article for you. Here are the top stories from February.
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Healthcare organisations increasing their spending on cloud computing
According to a new report from Persistent Market Research, global healthcare organisations will increase their spending on cloud computing services by 20% a year until 2020.
Cloud-based healthcare applications include electronic medical records, picture archiving and communication systems, pharmacy information systems, radiology information systems and laboratory information systems. And one of the latest trends is the increasing use of mobile devices for delivering healthcare services.
The cloud’s resiliency and high availability is cited as being key to many experts’ belief that the cloud is a cost effective alternative to on-premise implementations in the healthcare industry.
Most UK employees unaware of employers’ cloud computing policy
New research published by Trustmarque suggests that the majority of UK office workers are in the dark about their employer’s cloud computing policy. The report surveyed more than 2000 employees, and 56% of respondents stated that their company didn’t have a cloud policy in place, while a further 28% said they didn’t know if there was one in operation.
This report shows a worrying trend in that whilst the use of cloud apps used in the workplace is continuing to grow, much of this is through ‘shadow-IT’ (apps that haven’t been sanctioned or provided by IT). In fact, one in five cloud users admitted to uploading sensitive company information to personal cloud storage apps.
Cloud apps designed for personal use do not have the level of security of those designed for the enterprise. This research shows the importance of putting a cloud computing policy in place and ensuring your employees are aware of the risks associated with using unapproved apps.
More than half of UK consumers are looking for ‘multi-channel’ retail
56% of UK consumers believe that their overall online purchasing experience would improve if retailers delivered a consistent service across all platforms. This is according to research by internet performance firm, Dyn. This concept of the multi-channel experience means that buyers are looking for a seamless experience whether they are choosing to shop in-store or online, including via mobile devices.
42% of respondents said that a poor quality retail website damages their trust in the overall brand. And half of them admitted that they would buy from a competitor’s website if making a purchase became too difficult.
Providing a high level of service across multiple platforms requires a flexible solution which brings together all of your data into one place. And this is where cloud solutions come into their own.
UK heading towards ‘superfast’ internet, well, super fast!
One third of UK broadband connections are now classed as superfast (up to 30Mbps and higher), according to Ofcom. In fact, average speed increased by one-fifth between May and November 2014 and many connections were actually hitting speeds of 50.4Mbps. This was largely down to a major speed upgrade programme undertaken by Virgin Media.
Continuing its good work, Virgin Media is planning a £3bn investment in its national broadband network infrastructure. It claims that, by 2020, it will be able to supply 17 million premises with superfast broadband products – a third more than at present.
And according to an article by Computer Weekly, 4G will reach 2.4 billion people (a third of the global population) by the end of 2015.
To top this off, EE has been trialling a 400Mbps 4G solution at Wembley stadium (standard 4G can offer theoretical download speeds of up to 150Mbps). When this goes live, users will get double the amount of mobile data capacity as well as superfast browsing speeds. The Wembley Stadium project forms part of EE’si £1.5bn plan to enhance its network around the UK by 2018.
Of course, news like this is all very positive for the cloud computing industry since cloud software relies on a decent internet connection. These technology enhancements will allow for incredibly fast upload and download speeds, providing cloud users with improved mobile connectivity and richer experiences.
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