We’ve touched on cloud computing in previous posts and explained how it allows startups to compete with bigger more established companies by giving them a level playing field in terms of IT infrastructure. The cloud helps get them up and running in a fraction of the time that it would take a traditional brick and mortar business.

Instead of having to invest significant capital in a centralized IT department, startups can take advantage of attractive industry leading solutions such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure.

The mobility advantage of cloud computing lets employees work from home using their own devices, without the company having to spend six figures on expensive servers, front end equipment as well as licenses.

Looking back at 2015, we seem to have turned the corner last year and reached a point where cloud computing matured and became the go-to platform for a large portion of enterprise applications and data.

For 2016, we expect to see even more improvements in the current cloud environments and service offerings as well as completely new technologies for application developers to take advantage of. One of the primary tasks for IT staff will be the migration of legacy applications. Another key focus will be the development of brand new applications optimized to operate within cloud environments. In both cases, security will be a consistent and important theme.

Since 2010, cloud computing has gone from about a $75 billion industry and is expected to exceed over $200 billion this year. That’s pretty substantial growth in a few short years.

We observe four dominant trends in cloud computing adoption this year:

1. Barriers to Entering the Cloud Will All But Disappear

2. Security Will Continue to be a Top Priority

3. There Will be Migration of Data to Cloud Storage

4. IoT (Internet of Things) Will Capitalize on Cloud Adoption and Really Take Off

The Infographic below tells the story of cloud computing in 2015 and what we might expect between now and 2020.

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