In a recent Data Center Knowledge article, president and CEO of Aryaka Networks Ajit Gupta suggested that the cloud is bringing an end to the days of closed enterprise Wide Area Network (WAN).
“Now enterprise resources increasingly are being deployed in the cloud, whether via more aggressive use of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or by leveraging Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings from public cloud services providers, for both public facing as well as internal-use-only private applications,” Gupta wrote.
The Guardian’s Sarah Lord Soares recently argued that within two years, all services will be cloud-based, making a case for charities to use cloud services. Soares explained that the cloud is a great leveler for businesses and can help an organization operate in more effective and efficient ways.
In a recent TechCrunch article, writer Alex Williams explained that the roughly 6 million small and medium-sized businesses entered the cloud market last year, according to a recent Parallels report. The study forecasts that the industry will reach $95 billion in 2015, with $31.3 billion of the market made up of infrastructure as a service, $16.3 billion made up of web apps and overall web presence and $33.8 billion made up of business applications.
Gupta explained that as more enterprise applications are cloud-based or SaaS, vendors are kicking up their offerings. There could be a significant upswing in businesses working to create a custom online database application in order to use the cloud to their data advantage.