As 4 billion users worldwide continue to access, manipulate and process massive amounts of data with the touch of a screen, the third platform has provided a variety of new IT solutions to accommodate the uproar of the internet.
The industry collectively continues to analyze current infrastructure renovations to ensure security and support innovation of third platform technologies. The recent mass exodus to the cloud is acting as a fast catalyst in developing next-generation infrastructure.
The Cloud is More Than Mainstream
Networking infrastructure has upgraded from what most people envision. The growing amounts of data consumed by large enterprises cannot be fostered in a dark room with cement walls filled with hardware racks and tangled cords – it has instead found a habitat in the cloud.
The cloud is massive and offers a variety of attractive benefits, including cut capital costs, lower risk, increased security and the ability to rapidly access data. But exactly how mainstream is the cloud? According to RightScale’s 2018 State of the Cloud report, 96 percent of respondents are now using the cloud.
An agglomerative relationship with the internet has forced networking infrastructures to evolve in the right direction to accommodate its massive growth. Cloud adoption is creating space for the large amounts of data required by the internet and bringing next-generation infrastructures up to the same speed. The internet’s spurred growth in all directions has pushed open the door for software-defined networking solutions that will help relieve some of the pain points of IT development. Cloud adoption is pioneering next-generation networking expansion and giving the internet more room to cultivate.
Leaving Your Data in the Cloud With a Provider
Cloud growth is also a momentous force in a larger overall trend. According to Synergy research on cloud market growth, IaaS and PaaS services had the highest growth rate of 2017 at 47 percent, three times faster than cloud infrastructure and hardware.
According to McKinsey, a huge shift will occur in the next 3 years from building IT to consuming IT. This sharp rise in “as-a-service” consumption will help eliminate capital risk and provide increased flexibility. Rather than using traditional on-site data centers (those dark, cement rooms with hardware racks and cords), most enterprises are sourcing to the cloud for their data needs. Although Saas, IaaS and PaaS have diverse advantages and disadvantages, outsourcing allows enterprises to maintain control of their software and applications while relying on the cloud provider for more technical expertise.
Pricing is another element helping “as-a-service” gain traction. Consumption-based pricing models are ideal for large enterprises, who often pay as much as 40 percent for over-capacity. Paying for the properties used rather than paying up front for what may be used is gaining popularity for obvious reasons. Instead of spending money on capital resources, enterprises are turning to IT service providers for a more cost-effective alternative.
Cloud Encompasses NextGen Development
Networking infrastructures are moving from owned capital data centers to an undefined space that resides with a provider – the cloud. As increasing trust is built in the cloud, this trend is pioneering the development of nextgen infrastructures, which may be the determinant in sustaining the internet’s vast growth.