It has been a superb year in the digital universe as several companies have entered and offered advanced cloud solutions.
In early 2014, American multinational corporation IBM declared itself as “the leader in enterprise cloud.” It rebranded itself as a cloud company and Big Blue has announced it is to push $1billion (£597.6m) of its resources and investments into cloud, including a developer-friendly Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering called BlueMix.1
Chinese telecommunications company Huawei’s 2014 revenue increased by 15% to $46 billion with its advances in cloud computing, as well as demand for its smartphones. It expects its revenue to rise to $70 billion by 2018.2
Meanwhile, Microsoft has partnered up with Dropbox, a file hosting service that offers cloud storage to easily access, save, share, and collaborate on your Office 365 documents stored on Dropbox without leaving Office.3
Like other companies, Google also sees itself shifting to cloud services. “The pace at which customers are moving their data to the cloud is picking up and the price of such services will drop at a slower pace next year compared with this year”, said Barak Regev, Google’s cloud chief for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.4
Amazon also works to expand its business into cloud computing via Amazon Web Services, a collection of more computing services that make up a cloud computing platform. Amazon pioneered cloud computing in 2006 and quickly amassed a wide base of customers by hosting data in its own centres rather than clients’ own. This spared many start-ups from the high cost of managing their own computer servers.5
This year 2015, it is expected that the cloud computing will continue to serve as a tool for efficiency and convenience. Let us seize the opportunity to utilize this evolving technology to make our work easier.
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