May 11, 2022

Current cloud trends hint at longevity

Cloud migration is proving to be the answer for many large enterprises who seek an IT strategy that can cater to long-term objectives. Flexible scalability, burstable capacity and attractive pay-per-use schemes are all features of cloud-based servers. Current cloud developments indicate that these technologies are here to stay as a robust and agile IT solution.

The Covid-19 pandemic restricted face-to-face interactions, hastening the transition to the cloud, both internationally and for Kenyan businesses. When it came to surviving the economic impacts of rolling lockdowns and supply chain interruptions, businesses that had already begun their migration to the cloud unquestionably had the upper hand.

Businesses that were cloud-ready were able to easily adjust to changing market conditions. Companies that have been slow to adopt cloud technology have fallen behind. Data-driven decision-making is supported by cloud technologies and this is revolutionising the way we do business.

Enterprises can better manage their workflows and identify trends in consumer behaviour by utilising data stored on the cloud. Businesses may use this data to respond to the market more efficiently thanks to the cloud, which has a positive impact on profitability. The cloud is here to stay and current trends indicate exponential growth.

Investment in the cloud

Investment in the cloud is estimated to reach $480-billion this year and will amount to 45% of enterprise spending by the year 2026 - up from 17% in 2021. The case for cloud migration is solid, particularly for large organisations. Investment in enterprise-grade cloud systems is showing no signs of abating.

Cloud-native applications, which are easier to install, maintain and secure, are seeing an increase in investment. Prioritising cloud-based applications frees enterprises from legacy applications that stifle agility and innovation.

Adoption of the cloud facilitates business growth. The cloud, for example, is utilised in banking to create intelligent systems that can monitor financial behaviour. Artificial intelligenge-based systems can predict whether consumers are likely to spend, save, or invest based on data analytics. This enables financial organisations to personalise solutions to a wide range of customers.

This level of individualised service was unimaginable before the cloud. The cloud is not only advantageous for these types of marketing initiatives, but it is also necessary in today's competitive business environment.

Cloud adoption solutions for enterprises

Many companies are opting for a hybrid strategy that combines on-premise data centres with virtual cloud services. Hybrid clouds enable businesses to transfer data across private and public cloud environments in order to meet industry compliance requirements. Internal processors store confidential data, while less sensitive data is processed within a public cloud.

Peaks in demand put on-premise data centres under a lot of strain, so organisations are turning to public cloud services, like Microsoft Azure, to handle the extra traffic and boost processing speeds. Since setting up new servers is both expensive and time-consuming, public clouds provide a flexible and cost-effective solution for large enterprises.

Cloud adoption is essential for business sustainability and success

For forward-thinking companies looking to secure their future in these turbulent times, a digitally enabled business strategy that accommodates a remote workforce is critical. The pandemic has accelerated the evolution of corporate networks, and while many teams are already returning to work, companies must be prepared to support a hybrid workforce.

Lockdowns acted as a catalyst for novel innovations. Consumers have experienced the convenience of remote work, with speedy delivery systems and comfortable home office spaces, and this trend is unlikely to change. For more information or to get a quote for our various cloud solutions, email us at or leave us a message.

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