The appeal of the enterprise cloud is spreading across the world to places like Brazil and India, and its meteoric rise does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. One reason for this, as an article in the Jakarta Post explains, is that enterprises are increasingly viewing the cloud not just as a storage platform, but as a piece of technology that can be vital to everyday business functionality.
Although the term "cloud computing" has been around since the 1980s, the article pointed out that the notion did not take on widespread popularity until after the global financial meltdown of 2009, when companies realized that a radical infrastructural change would be necessary to cut costs and optimize business performance in a period of adverse economic conditions. The answer turned out to be the enterprise cloud — a place where storage is cheap, mobility is built in and the potential for growth is limitless.
For the countries around the world with a burgeoning enterprise cloud presence, the unlimited possibilities of a cloud service provider are starting to be realized in full force.
Brazil experiences cloud growth
A look into the Brazilian cloud market reveals that the country is making major strides toward mainstream adoption, according to ZDNet. A recent research study by Frost & Sullivan estimated that by 2017, the Brazilian cloud will be valued at more than $1 billion, representing a massive rise from its 2013 figure of $328.8 million. The study, "Analysis of the Brazilian Cloud Computing Market," posited that the momentum the cloud is gaining within the country is due to the cloud's "ability to turn capital expenditure into operational expenditure and its provision of anywhere-anytime access to information." The cost savings and mobility inherent in a cloud structure are clear reasons for its appeal, but countries must still be proactive if they wish to adopt the technology. To that end, big industrial sectors in Brazil have been touting the benefits of the enterprise cloud, particularly companies in the e-commerce division as well as telecom operations. The only thing impeding growth in Brazil appears to be a concern among certain businesses that cloud computing means a loss of enterprise security.
"Companies are reluctant to give third parties access to their information, especially after the news of data espionage in the United States broke," Guilherme Campos, an official associated with the study, said.
This fear is not unfounded. After all, there have been attacks on cloud platforms. And in an age when malicious incursions run rampant, such invasions will likely not slow down anytime soon. But these security vulnerabilities and concerns are largely confined to the public cloud — a platform whose open structure makes data loss significantly easier. In the enterprise cloud, however, such concerns are not an issue, since participating companies are given complete control over their information and are provided with a rigid security infrastructure that ensures that only relevant parties will have access to the cloud.
But Brazil's cloud ambitions may extend beyond companies alone. According to a CITE World article, the country's government has looked into the possibility of moving some of its functionality to a cloud platform — a move that points to the ability of the cloud to accommodate any kind of organization with information needs.
Cloud market expands in India
Brazil is not the only country experiencing rapid cloud growth these days. India, too, is on track to some major gains in the near future. According to ZDNet, the cloud market in India is looking to reach $1.3 billion by 2017, growing at a compound annual rate of about 33 percent. Absolutely central to this growth is the flock of small and medium sized businesses taking to the enterprise cloud.
Cloud expert Ramachandran V said SMBs are not the only ones taking to the cloud in India. "Besides, telecom companies, education, manufacturing and distribution sectors are consuming cloud services," he said.
The cloud is growing as a single unit around the world
The growth of the cloud in countries like India and Brazil points to the universality of its appeal in an increasingly global age. The enterprise cloud transcends not only industrial sectors but also national borders. However, just because the cloud presents the best option for companies across the board does not mean migrations will be without its hurdles. As with any new thing, a transition to a cloud service provider comes with a host of challenges that must be surmounted in order to guarantee optimal functionality. Fortunately, the enterprise cloud can help businesses ease into that transition by providing an infrastructure that is individually tailored, security-conscious and geared toward success. A move to the enterprise cloud ensures that company computing will be a safe and efficient process that will create ease of use for staffers and blockades for malicious third parties.