There can be no two opinions about the growth of cloud adoptions across all categories and verticals of businesses. It is interesting to know that due to growing adoption of cloud assisted solutions cloud traffic is poised for four-fold increase in the next few years.

             

Extensive Proliferation of Cloud Services

This phenomenal growth will also lead to processing of 92 percent of all workloads by cloud data centers, thus leaving just about 8 percent workloads to be handled by traditional data centers. According to reliable projections by Cisco growth of cloud traffic is going to touch 14.1 ZB by the year 2020.

This growth will be essentially driven by Internet of Things and Big Data. In terms of the two principal categories of cloud services, public cloud would account for faster growth than private cloud.

It is also estimated that growth of public cloud will be related to adoption of hybrid cloud solutions by more and more enterprises. This can be nicely explained by cloud bursting strategy that involves use of public cloud to handle sudden spikes in demands.

This will be backed by sudden and significant demand for ‘Software as a Service’ model of cloud computing with a simultaneous fall in demand for Infrastructure as a Service. SaaS is going to command almost 74 percent of its share with lowering of share for IaaS model.

The relative decrease in demand for IaaS can be also attributed to growing adoption of public cloud with simultaneous reduction of IaaS. This can be understood by knowing that all the initial private cloud deployments focused on IaaS in the form of testing and development workloads.

There will be consolidation of SaaS owing to the trust in the mission critical applications. These applications will help organizations acquire greater processing power, and advancements in networking, storage, and memory.

Having understood the exciting projections regarding growth of cloud adoption, let us understand impact of big data and Internet of Things on growth of cloud adoption.

Big Data - Transforming Cloud Adoption

According to a recently conducted study, big data analytics have significantly contributed to earnings of to providers of cloud services over the past couple of years. The example of Salesforce demonstrates how big data analytics help analyze multiple parameters such as data storage, number of seats deployed by customers, frequency of usage, and platform share. This information is used to find patterns and design useful tools and products for cross selling. The use of cloud is further boosted across enterprises due to improved monetization.

Mega players in cloud service industry including rack Space as well as Amazon Web Services are engaged in designing big data solutions as service models. Elastic MapReduce solution offered by AWS, leverages Hadoop to enable clients for implementing scientific simulation, log analysis, bioinformatics, and data warehousing, among others.

Influence of big data on cloud adoption is evident from the increase in revenue earnings from big data analytics and the overall growth of cloud adoption. It is also noticed that large number of enterprises are grappling with data overload leading to perplexing situations and difficulty of analyzing data in diverse formats. This has prompted many organizations to adopt cloud based solutions that help manage massive and assorted data.

           

Influence of Internet of Things on Cloud Growth

One of the important growth drivers of cloud adoption is the emergence of new paradigm termed as Internet of Things (IoT). It involves extensive inter-connectivity of internet enable devices leading to generation of huge data. Cloud based solutions are leveraged to derive value from the data generated by IoT.

Internet of Things requires cloud assisted technologies for establishing connectivity between different devices. This is supported by public, hybrid, and private cloud models. In addition to this, legacy IT infrastructure of enterprises will have to rely on cloud for establishing connection with devices that are part of IoT. Thanks to cloud systems, even micro and small organizations will be able to acquire high end capabilities that were hitherto impossible.

Organizations will be able to adopt customer centric approach by offloading focus away from onsite maintenance to tasks that are targeted at customer gratification. In addition to this hybrid cloud adoption will empower enterprises adopt a dynamic approach to resource provisioning.

Big corporate organizations can leverage cloud for planning and implementing wider portfolio of applications. These enterprises can also improve cost efficiency of service offerings by adopting Software Defined Networks and cloud services.

In case of startups, Internet of Things opens up newer horizons of services and devices. This can further boost cloud adoption since most of the startup organizations will have to leverage cloud services due to amazing economy and flexibility of cloud based solutions. Cloud adoption will also empower these small organizations acquire high end capabilities without need to invest in costly equipment.

Takeaway

Cloud is rapidly getting transformed from being a business requirement to a business necessity. The main focus is shifting to higher returns on investment in cloud solutions as the technology matures and consolidates. Internet of Things and Big Data are paving way to maximize revenue earnings for cloud service providers as well as clients of cloud solutions.