For a number of reasons, industry professionals believe cloud computing represents one of the most effective technologies on the market. The solution allows businesses to take advantage of its online storage and online backup capabilities, which are more flexible than on-site deployments that require an upfront investment. A recent San Francisco Chronicle report indicated that online backup will mature in 2013.
The report explained that cloud computing can help businesses in a number of ways, including enhancing customer service by providing 24/7 access to products. Firms that constantly experience downtime because of disruptions may experience significant issues if their audience jumps ship to other companies. Cloud backup allows organizations to access their most important data following an incident without spending a lot of money, the news provider asserted.
The new year is expected to be dominated by several disruptive technologies, especially cloud computing, according to market research firm IDC.
“The IT industry as a whole is moving toward the mobile/social/cloud/big data world of the 3rd Platform much more quickly than many realize: from 2013 through 2020, these technologies will drive around 90 percent of all the growth in the IT market,” said IDC Senior Vice President Frank Gens.
The firm also predicted that the cloud and these other technologies will drive the overall IT market in 2013. Global spending for IT is projected to exceed $2.1 trillion this year, growing nearly 6 percent from 2012.
Cloud computing has yet to reach its full maturity, but the technology has already made a mark on the IT industry. Whether companies adopt hosted environments to lower operating costs, improve employee productivity or store important data, there are plenty of reasons to get behind the cloud.