Cloud computing expected to transform by 2020

    Cloud computing is currently changing the ways companies operate, allowing employees to collaborate virtually anywhere with an internet connection. Now, workers no longer have to be in the office to attend a meeting by taking advantage of conferencing technologies. By 2020, however, the cloud is expected to be quite different than it is today, according to CloudTweaks writer Rick Watson.

    "Most organizations are bound to adopt cloud computing by 2020," Watson wrote. "Although the benefits of cloud computing are clear to most organizations, not many companies have taken up the practice. Lack of structural and logistical parameters has limited the expansion of the facilities. However, these issues are sure to be solved in the near future, making it possible for many organizations to join the cloud."


    The writer also explained that global internet speeds will improve from now until 2020 as the demand for improved processing to keep up with storage and software services requirements increases. Businesses currently utilizing on-site hardware and software facilities will shift their focus to the cloud in the coming years.


    Watson concluded that the changes on the horizon regarding the cloud's evolution are just the "tip of the iceberg," making it difficult to actually quantify the exact number of changes that will take place by 2020.


    Cloud computing also benefits unified communications


    Although the cloud is expected to undergo several positive changes in the near future, the technology is also considered beneficial for current unified communications deployments. SYS-CON Media's Karil Reibold recently explained how the cloud makes UC solutions even more capable in a hosted environment.


    Reibold indicated that cloud-based systems allow companies to eliminate the need to purchase costly software licensing and lifecycle management. Businesses considering the cloud should seek vendors that constantly update their solutions and utilize a pay-as-you-go pricing model.


    Another attractive advantage of cloud-based unified communications is that organizations can easily scale their operations to meet current demand, according to the writer.


    "Cloud-based unified communications provide point-and-click management interfaces that enable companies to simply add new users, one phone at a time with no costly on-site technicians, no service downtime and no hidden fees," Reibold wrote.


    Given that many companies cannot afford to experience significant downtime as a result of disasters, cloud-based unified communications helps businesses establish a continuity plan to protect business communications in a simple and cost-effective manner, Reibold noted.