The cloud is hardly a new concept; cloud-born technologies have been ramping up adoption across organizations for years. But 2018 is set to be a tipping point for cloud providers, as new industries and businesses will have no choice but to turn to software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for an array of formerly software or hardware-based operations – and it’s about time.
The evidence can be found in a number of leading forecasts, with Forbes predicting the total public cloud market will reach $179 billion in 2018 – up from $146 billion in 2017 – and continue to grow at a 22 percent compound annual growth rate going forward. While a lot of this will be driven by the triumvirate of major cloud providers – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, and Microsoft, which analysts predict will capture 76% of cloud revenue in 2018 – cloud services will also be seriously considered for a wealth of other business functions.
Business-critical programs like Microsoft Office, for instance, are a prime example of products that once required a physical purchase but are now turning to a cloud-delivery model. In the past, when a new version of the ubiquitous Microsoft Office Suite would hit the market, large organizations would be forced to not only buy new licenses of Office, they would need to manage a cumbersome installation process and reconfigure the email servers they maintained on-premises.
By the time they completed this process a new version would be available they would need to start all over again or risk running an outdated version of the product. While purchasing new software across an organization only a few years after the latest update could be unreasonably pricey for some organizations, failing to do so could – in the past, at least – result in security vulnerabilities.
Office 365, however, is cloud-delivered, allowing users to download and upgrade their Office Suite without purchasing any CD-ROMs, hardware, or servers. Now, Microsoft can automatically update Office products on a rolling basis as a service through the cloud, ensuring users get the latest platform improvements in real-time via a rolling subscription. This is how many of the most popular cloud solutions embraced by consumers, businesses, and entire industries have delivered their products for years – and more will follow suit.
Cybersecurity, for instance, has already started moving to the cloud, with companies leveraging SaaS delivery models to give organizations security solutions that can be delivered affordably, scale predictably and proactively address new threats as they come to the fore.
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Paul Martini is the CEO, co-founder and chief architect of iboss, where he pioneered the award-winning iboss Distributed Gateway Platform. Prior to founding iboss, Paul developed a wide-variety of complex security and technology solutions for clients such as Phogenix, the U.S. Navy, and Hewlett Packard. He was also a key contributor at Copper Mountain Networks working on designing and implementing FPGAs and broadband network infrastructure used by Telcos to build the cloud. His work at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) involved building distributed real-time systems for companies such as Rolls Royce. Copper Mountain and SAIC both launched successful IPOs. Paul has been recognized for his leadership and innovation, receiving the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award and being named one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. He holds a Computer Science Degree from the University of California, and has had his work published in many scientific journals, including the Journal of Foundations in Computer Science and the Journal of Analytical Biochemistry.