As with all great innovations through the years, it’s not taken long for the Cloud to be embraced by organisations all over the world.
In fact, the very nature of the technology lends itself to global adoption. For international companies especially, the Cloud can be considered to be something of a godsend.
No longer should there be delays and misunderstandings when it comes to participating in projects that span across different countries – offices in the UK can work effectively with teams in the US, Europe or indeed anywhere in the world.
The developing world
However, just because the Cloud is still a relatively new concept doesn’t mean that its use is limited to geographical regions that are traditionally considered to be the most developed and in possession of the most advanced infrastructure.
For example, IT Web reports how nations across Africa are currently adopting the technology to their benefit.
According to Oracle Insights, around two-thirds of South African organisations were highly confident that the Cloud could offer them the security they needed to enable them to invest in implementing the services. This was echoed by 60 per cent of Kenyan business leaders and just over half (52 per cent) of Nigerian firms.
As a result, Cloud uptake is expected to rapidly increase in Africa over the coming years, with industry analysts predicting a compound annual growth rate of 35 per cent for the market between now and 2017 – indicating it could be worth up to $215 million (£127 million) in the region in just a few years’ time.
In South Africa alone, adoption among companies is expected to increase from 56 per cent to 66 per cent across 2014.
So what does this say about the future of the Cloud? For a start, it seems as though there is little stopping the technology from becoming mainstream all over the world.
A study published by the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union expects the number of worldwide internet users to exceed three billion by the end of the year, emphasising the point that an increasing number of people are set to be introduced to the benefits the Cloud has to offer.
In an age when globalisation is the norm, this can prove to be essential in facilitating economic growth for a vast array of organisations that have ambitions to move into new, foreign markets.
With Oracle’s figures proving that the gap between the developing world and nations like the US is shrinking when it comes to online accessibility, this surely demonstrates the power the Cloud can offer in terms of connecting businesses – regardless of their geographical location.
Similarly, Cloud providers like Canopy are making the technology easy and cost-effective to implement. This means that there are fewer reasons for firms not to invest in this side of their operations, with minimal risk to them – from both a financial and legislative point of view.
So, how long before the Cloud goes global? It seems as though it’s already there – and is only going to get bigger over the next few years.