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The Status Of Cloud Technology In 2017 – Part 1

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It has been shown that traditional data storage is no longer working because it is more expensive and difficult to manage. To work properly, traditional methods require expensive equipment, such as the expert team that will be needed to install, configures and maintain them. Cloud services have quickly become the largest revenue generator for today’s largest software companies. Amazon, for example, has seen a 68% revenue increase since last year due to its cloud services, a number whose exponential growth is expected before 2020. An increase of 30.6% overall annual spending in the cloud is expected and will go beyond SaaS, according to IDC. Also, adoption rates for the private cloud were 77% in 2016, an increase over the existing 63%. And the hybrid cloud has changed a lot and has increased to 71%, compared to 58% the year before.

The Cloud is one of the most dynamic and revolutionary technologies that has marked the IT market for the last 10 years. With the introduction of this technology in its second decade of existence, more and more businesses are becoming aware of the need to integrate cloud solutions.

Statistics show that the global cloud market will grow by 18% in 2017 and will reach $ 246.3 billion, according to Gartner. At the same time, the largest increase (36.8%) will be noted for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), which will reach $ 34.6 billion, while Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) increase by 20.1% and reach $ 46.3 billion.

Cloud solutions greatly reduce costs in the server, software, hosting, maintenance, or technical employees. The costs are lower because there are enough resources to use. In addition, cloud applications benefit from automatic updates, so they will be secure, improve performance and have new features without any effort on the part of the user.

The cloud brings to the IT market three pillars conceptualized to facilitate the storage of information. We will see the main benefits that companies can benefit from.

Current cloud types

Public Cloud

A service for customers using the same shared infrastructure.

The most recognized cloud model for many users is the public cloud model where services are delivered in a virtualized environment. This is a great help for business because it can be accessed through a public network, such as the Internet. AWS (Amazon Web Service) and Microsoft also offer direct connection services respectively called “AWS Direct Connect” and “Azure ExpressRoute”. This type of connection requires that customers buy or rent a private connection at a point provided by the cloud provider. The public system offers the following features and benefits:

Secure operation: The public cloud service can work optimally even in the event of a failure of a machine component by using the other component that makes up the system.

Flexibility: being ready to be accessible from any machine on the internet.

Scalability: When it needs, the user can request a larger storage space. In addition, public cloud services often use pricing to pay as they go. Customers can access the resources they need and pay only for what they use.

Profitability (cost-benefit ratio): most of the service is free and for some, it is paid after a certain period of use.

Available anywhere: Cloud data can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.

The public cloud is preferred by IT specialists for projects that do not require rigorous prerequisites and a large amount of space and are often chosen for testing, software development, web hosting, and networking. e-commerce companies. The public sector also chooses this option, for example, Loyola University in Maryland and Baltimore. Thus, if the main and secondary data centers of the university will have problems, the university can use the public cloud to set up a web page to provide the latest information to students and parents.

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