When hardware goes down, companies can find out just how much the enterprise cloud already matters for them. Industry professional Eric Knorr wrote on InfoWorld that his MacBook's hard drive died in the middle of a meeting earlier this month, leaving him with no way to recover any of the information on it. However, Knorr said everything he needed was already in the cloud, as files were in shared programs and many attachments were stored away as well.

"This is scarcely a new idea, but my hardware disaster brought home the degree to which it has already occurred, even though annoying fatware prevents today's cloud-centric experience from being as elegant as it might be," he said. "One way to take cloud apps to the next level is the so-called 'hybrid' method, where HTML5 apps run in a native container that talks to the unique features of a specific platform."

Now, Knorr said he thinks the industry is on the verge of another big shift, as legacy platforms are starting to make way for new and innovative cloud services. Many companies are already starting to make the leap into offering new cloud services, which shows just how much the industry truly realizes it needs the cloud to move forward. Some companies may not fully make the jump into the next generation of enterprise-class cloud computing, but they may get left in the dust for not doing so.

Business solutions will be road to the cloud
Gregor Petri, research director at Gartner, said in a recent report that 38 percent of companies indicated using the cloud today, while 80 percent said they will use cloud services within the next 12 months. The way the cloud will likely become more popular is through business applications, he said, as they are currently only a small part of what companies do. Hard drive crashes and realizing the potential of the enterprise cloud may help businesses realize just how important the cloud is to their organization.

"Cloud computing is set to have a considerable impact on business in the future which is reflected in the survey finding that around 60 percent of organizations plan increased investment over the next two years to five years, while only 6 percent plan to decrease investments in cloud services," he said in the report.

Another report from CompTIA found that the enterprise cloud is realizing multiple different uses within organizations, including for storage (59 percent), business continuity and disaster recovery (48 percent) and security (44 percent).

Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis and market research at CompTIA, said once companies start to come into knowledge that the enterprise cloud is a standard part of their IT architecture, they will start to weigh other ways it can be brought in. Many are utilizing multiple kinds of models to improve their workflow within the company.

"In the future, companies will have their architecture spread across multiple clouds along with on-premise systems, choosing the option that best suits their needs for a particular application," added Robinson.