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If you were to ask a group of people what their opinion on 'The Cloud' is, you are likely to receive a medley of answers. Some people love it, others want to resist the changes that it brings, and of course there are people that don't really know what it is.

So where does the future of cloud lie?

JP Morgan recently stated that current workloads in public cloud environments are around 16%, with expected growth up to 41% in the next 5 years. With such an immense shift predicted towards cloud solutions, it would seem that opinions centered around on-premises solutions, in comparison to cloud, are due to change.

So where will growth arise?

An influencing factor for the migrations of workloads towards cloud data centres from traditional data centres is the increased demand for virtualisation. Multiple deployment of workloads in the cloud can be undertaken, due to the higher workload density of cloud servers compared to traditional data centre servers.

Here are some of the other benefits that come with cloud data centres:

  • Scalability
  • Resiliency
  • Reduced server cost
  • Increased security
  • Improved end-user application through workload migration across servers, data centres, and even geographical locations. 

Then we have to think about the impact that people's doubts could have on this expected growth. Most businesses currently opt for hybrid solutions with a higher percentage of applications running on-premises. But with the cloud being increasingly utilised, Cisco has predicted an annual rate growth of 27% in overall cloud workloads from 2014-2019. Further to this, cloud-based data centre traffic is predicted to reach 83% by 2019, which compliments the increased workload trajectory. 

But is there a limit to the cloud?

Even with powerful statistics that indicate a flourishing cloud portfolio in the coming years, there will always be some people whom insist that on-premises solutions are less expensive and better managed.

Gartner found in 2008 that 88% of prospective buyers preferred on-premise solutions, whereas in 2014 a staggering 87% of prospective buyers requested cloud solutions. 

Overall the market suggests that cloud will be an ever-growing solution for businesses and it shows no signs of slowing down. Some people, however, would argue that for the cloud to truly succeed in gaining people's trust, further attention needs to be given to Internet ubiquity. If the upload and download speeds within a business are not ready for cloud use, end-user experience will be diminished. 

People's expectations of service when using technology are at an all-time high, so with the cloud predicted to grow at the rates stated above, it is important that businesses ensure that the foundations are prepared before investing in their cloud transformation.

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