The cloud is completely redefining the business world. The revolutionary technology has made it possible to have constant access to essential information and applications, no matter where work needs to be done. It has, however, experienced its fair share of criticism – new advents often face stumbling blocks when they start out.

But according to Information Age’s Chloe Green, the cloud has finally come of age. With more companies than ever investing both their effort and their funds into making the cloud work for them, less risk is perceived by holdouts than there was before. Specifically, private enterprise cloud adoptions are being sought out to maximize the potential of these advancements.

Businesses that are looking to maintain relevance during this period of transition are advised to look into cloud technologies before they get left behind. Older systems are being continuously phased out in favor of newer, more efficient means of computing.

Cloud usage growing steadily
Companies all over the world are starting to realize that their legacy circuits have little to offer them compared with newer technologies. According to Green, cloud infrastructures will outnumber traditional systems within the next three years, with total digital data storage expected to increase “300-fold” by 2020.

There may be a lot of hype involved here, but it is not without merit. Cloud technologies offer levels of scalability and mobile productivity that are unmatched by older hardware. This is especially true of private, enterprise-class cloud computing. Public architectures often lack the high performance and reliability needed by organizations. Not only does private cloud deployment rule over public options in these ways, but it can also benefit security, management and flexibility of software deployments.

Cloud begets constant application updates
In terms of time and money, one of the biggest factors holding businesses back is software delivery. In the days when essential programs had to all be manually update via installation disk, this was incredibly cumbersome and inefficient. But according to InfoWorld’s Paul Krill, the cloud is changing all that.

A study conducted by Evans Data revealed that 51 percent of respondents felt positively about cloud computing and believe it will be beneficial in the continuous delivery of application updates. This has the potential to save businesses a sizeable sum of money and considerable work hours, both of which can definitely be used in other areas of the company.

To truly capitalize on these advantages though, organizations will have to seek out a private cloud service provider. Public clouds may seem more financially viable, but those savings are far from long-term. Shortcomings in security, especially, will leave businesses more susceptible to data loss, which can have serious legal repercussions if every prevention method has not been exhausted.

According to Green, the excitement over cloud technology has yielded many positive options for organizations.

“Yesterday’s cloud hype has become today’s reality,” she said. “New companies starting up today are building their entire IT infrastructures using cloud tools, and businesses that don’t have an IT department today are unlikely to employ one in the future.”

In other words, the time to act on cloud computing is now.