Day: December 24, 2013

2013: The Year the Cloud Went Mainstream


More businesses, schools, and governments are signing up for cloud computing solutions like IronOrbit’s Managed Hosting, Managed Servers, Virtual Dedicated Server Hosting, and Small Business Server Hosting than ever before. Some of the more interesting articles from this month to focus on cloud computing’s surging popularity include:

  • Joe McKendrick of Forbes’s “one big fat cloud computing prediction for 2014” is that “cloud computing is set to become mainstream computing, period.” In support of this prediction, he cites a recent Cisco study that estimated that cloud computing will account for the majority of global data center traffic by the end of 2014, and that its share of global data center traffic will rise even further to two-thirds by 2017.
  • The Hindu reports that Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik said in a presentation at the TiE Entrepreneurial Summit that software companies should be prepared to take advantage of the Indian government’s major initiative to switch many government agencies and programs to the cloud.
  • Matthew Lynch of the Huffington Post reports that 40 percent of K-12 schools use cloud-based data storage and that cloud computing decreases the IT costs of schools by an average of 20 percent. Lynch also points out that cloud-based applications can improve information sharing between teachers, students, and parents. “Through K-12 cloud platforms,” he says, “teachers have better communication with parents and students regard assignments, tests, and projects. Parents can log in from anywhere (including their phones or tablets) and instantly know how their kids are progressing.”
  • IBM’s Michael Dixon describes in an Op-Ed on LiveScience how city governments throughout the world are using cloud computing to decrease their IT costs and provide better and more advanced and efficient services. Some of the examples given by Dixon include Honolulu, which decreased its software licensing costs by two-thirds by switching to cloud computing, and Sunderland, UK, which expects that cloud computing decrease its IT costs by $2.29 million per year.
  • Tripwire, a risk management company, announced in a press release about its survey of federal IT professionals that 58 percent said that cloud computing had improved the IT security of their agency. The press release also mentions a recent study by Deltek that the federal cloud computing market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 32 percent over the next three years.

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