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 the last few weeks.
A ‘second wave’ of cloud adoption is emerging
According to a new Cisco-sponsored IDC report, around four in 10 organisations have already adopted public or private cloud services. Up until now the primary goal of cloud adoption has been that of increasing efficiency and lowering costs. But a “second wave” of cloud adoption is emerging. Businesses are now adopting the cloud to achieve transformative and measurable business value:
- 54% expect the cloud to allow them to allocate IT budget more strategically
- 53% believe the cloud will help their company increase revenues
These second-wave adopters expect cloud to make them faster, more innovative, and more disruptive. Read more about this here.
Global healthcare cloud computing market expected to grow 20% by 2020
According to a new market report published by Persistence Market Research, the global healthcare cloud computing market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20.1% to reach an estimated value of $2,653.4 million in 2020.
Globally, the healthcare cloud computing market is witnessing significant growth due to increased government healthcare IT spending and advanced features of cloud computing services. One of the latest trends in the market includes the increasing use of mobile devices for delivering healthcare services. Read more about this here.
Another sector now embracing cloud offerings is the education sector. Universities in particular are adopting cloud services in order to prepare students for the global economy – after all it is millennials who will account for 75% of the workforce by 2025.
Today’s students have higher expectations when it comes to technology and expect to be able to access the information they need to from wherever they are, using whichever device they wish. Read more about this here.
Overall, the global cloud market is rapidly growing and is predicted to reach $270 billion in spending by 2020. (Source: Forbes)
Cloud computing to save UK defence £1 billion in 10 years
On 3rd August, the UK’s Ministry of Defence announced that it is making the move to cloud computing this autumn. The move is expected to save the government £1 billion for reinvestment over the next decade.
«This move is a significant upgrade of current capability and will put Defence on the front foot with its industry partners to deal with global threats to national security,» stated the MoD release.
You can read more about this announcement here.
HMRC reveals further details of its planned adoption of cloud computing
Over the past two years, HMRC has increased its cloud setup to support its internal platform-as-a-service (PaaS) infrastructure, which it is using as a basis for its new tax platform. Last month, they revealed further details of their plans.
The tax platform will allow the department to expand on digital services such as the online self-assessment online. It is expected that the platform will also allow the department to easily build and deploy web-based applications, and alter the way in which integral systems – such as the calculation of taxpayers’ liabilities – are managed. More on this story can be found here.
Netflix to close the last of its datacentres, as it goes all-in on public cloud
Netflix is planning to retire the last of its datacentres before the end of the summer, as the online streaming giant prepares to move more of its IT infrastructure to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.
Their streaming business has been 100% cloud-based for customer-facing systems for some time now and the company decided back in 2010 to stop building its own datacentre infrastructure, so its engineers could spend more time developing services rather than maintaining servers. You can find out more about this here.
Autoglass moves to cloud-based IT infrastructure
Autoglass is moving its IT infrastructure into the cloud to help keep customer experience levels high as digital channels gain popularity. The vehicle glass repair and replacement company has signed a 10-year outsourcing deal with US supplier CSC.
Autoglass technology director Nick Cleary said “Continuously improving technology, customer service and user experience is increasingly important given that many customers now prefer to use digital channels to communicate with us.” Find out more about their move to the cloud here.
Gartner warns of threat to corporate data stored in ‘personal clouds’
IT departments are being urged by Gartner to tweak their security strategies to protect the rising amount of corporate data being stored and processed within the “personal clouds” of company employees.
The growing popularity of wearable devices, virtual personal assistants and the internet of things poses a risk to corporate data, which IT managers should not ignore. When employees store work related data in apps that have not been designed for business use, i.e. in their ‘personal clouds’, there is a higher risk of security breach.
Read our related blog post “Are you sure you know where your staff are storing your business data?”.
Cloud software solutions that have been designed for business use have enterprise-grade security features; whereas cloud solutions designed for consumer use do not. That’s why it’s vital that companies take this into consideration when putting their IT security policies in place. Read more about this here.
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