Cloud storage has become hugely popular over the last few years as it gives people as well as businesses a way to store huge amounts of data without the need for physical hard drives. Storing data on the cloud removes a huge amount of hassle for storing your data and you don’t have to worry about physically losing your hard drive and important data. Cloud storage is easy to use and can be easily backed up without any technical knowledge. You can also of course access it whenever you need and from any device once you have the login details for your storage. Another reason cloud storage has become so popular is that for many businesses sharing data between teams is super important and by using cloud storage you can easily share between teams and employees.

There are many cloud storage services available such as Dropbox and iCloud to name a few of the most popular cloud services. Dropbox was one of the first major cloud storage services and it is an excellent way to store and share files with other users. The iCloud is Apples storage facility for all Apple devices whether it be an iPhone and iPad you can sync all of your devices and connect them to the iCloud so you can easily access your files and photos.

Google also have a cloud service which many android users favour and a lot of time the user will use a certain cloud service that is easiest for their device. For example most Apple users will use the iCloud as a matter of convenience. There are ways of transferring data from iCloud to Google and vice versa however a lot of the time unless you are changing device is it not convenient or necessary.

When it comes to cloud storage for your business there are a number of things you need to consider such as terms and conditions, privacy and more. Most cloud services are quite affordable and the iCloud for example only charges €0.99 for 50 GB of data so for even the smallest business this is affordable. If your business for example is a design firm that are mainly using Apple devices then the natural selection will be the iCloud. This means that if you have a MacBook or refurbished iPhone for your business (as a lot of businesses use these days)  then you can easily keep all of your data on the iCloud for just a few euros per month.

It would not be a hard argument to make by saying that cloud computing was the greatest innovation of the 2010s. It seems to be a technology that has no real ceiling with companies like Amazon, Netflix and Facebook all making a full transition to becoming cloud based.

One of the biggest advances will be the introduction of automation within the cloud network, reducing the human effort required to maintain the cloud. This automation will help companies become more productive with the same resource strength and will remove human error from the situation.

In the introduction I mentioned that Netflix had become a fully cloud based company and they currently use automation in their cloud computing. Automation gives an instant response to website error, if Netflix where to go down due to a glitch in the code it would simply show an earlier version of the website instead of instantly crashing.

This company list is likely to be longer if said companies had more faith in the security of the cloud, a study by LogicMonitor, found that two-thirds of IT professionals state that security is the key concern in cloud migration, so how will cloud technology answer these fears in 2020?

It is important to look at the advances in security from the start of the decade to now, improvements in  Machine learning, predictive analysis and artificial intelligence have all provided a new form of security net- once more big companies begin to take the leap it is highly likely they will find it to be in their best interest to invest in security systems for the cloud, creating a cycle of security.

It is an often said phrase that we are heading towards a multi-cloud world, but in 2020 it may not be a surprise to see this multi-cloud become the omni-cloud, this would be the biggest step in cloud technology perhaps since its introduction. This would be a platform where multiple companies share cloud networks, as unity between these companies would avoid lock in, and managing to streamline connectivity.

Companies would be able to use additional resources whenever required. If all companies share the cloud the unity would transform business forever, there is an issue standing in the way being that no one company would be likely to let another have all the market share, with many companies beginning to build their own cloud network.

To avoid the monopoly cloud computing may bring many companies might invest into an open source network, which is one of the biggest reasons cloud computing is in such high demand. This would make the code available and accessible for everyone, meaning its design can be consistently improved upon. Allowing for constant innovation.

The world of cloud technology will allow for consistent innovation, cloud technology may bring the death of the office as it provides more and more device and location independence. The companies that move to the cloud first will have the advantage it is an industry of innovation, and the new-found security automation will bring will only ensure more companies are ready to jump to the cloud.