The Cloud Evolves and Joins the Mainstream

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2016-12-14 Email

Only a few years ago, most business and IT leaders viewed the cloud with some trepidation. Although many had begun to use cloud services and solutions, they still had questions about everything from viability to security. But that was then, and this is now. Clouds have rolled into the mainstream of business, and they now touch every aspect of IT and business. The Cisco Systems sixth annual Global Cloud Index offers deep insights into how this space is changing and evolving—and how clouds are impacting the enterprise. The report spotted several key trends and findings, including a rapidly growing use of the cloud and skyrocketing cloud traffic, a focus on public clouds, the growing use of video and social streams in the cloud, and a rapid uptick in the use of database, analytics and the internet of things (IoT) in the cloud. As Doug Webster, vice president of service provider marketing at Cisco, explains: "In the six years of this study, cloud computing has advanced from an emerging technology to an essential, scalable and flexible part of architecture." Here's a look at some of the key numbers and trends shaping business and IT.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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