Research almost everywhere has been showing that cloud computing is ready to strike and transform businesses everywhere, but how is it transforming within each of the five continents? A compilation of recent surveys released from each location is revealing critical insight into how each conducts their cloud computing affairs and how this could pave the way for the future – think of it as a continental cloud computing breakfast.
Europe: Europe is apparently experiencing some of the biggest advances in cloud computing, according to this recent Cloud Tweaks article by John Omwamba. One key cloud computing trend to note when looking across the pond involves the heavy volumes of startups that are looking to make a dent and ultimately define the industry. The independent cloud is also apparently Europe’s current model of preference, and its particular interest in finding a permanent, unified model combining independent, Web-based and hybrid clouds has been noted.
Americas: Lately, the states have been handling the federal administration’s influences in its state of cloud computing. “As the government leads much of its implementation work on the Internet, it is also seeking answers for the query of whether pay-as-you-earn, which entertains an installment-based payment for a service, helps to overcome operating expenditure,” Omwamba says. “Even the state is enjoying using software and data centers not as capital but as almost free services.” Of course, the U.S. is currently perceived as the head of the race by being the most innovative in the field, boasting a slew of creative developments and accolades.
Asia: Typically associated as a source for many high-end electronics, this area is specifically concerned with downsizing cloud computing expenses. This frugality may have inadvertently come as a result of multiple government restrictions on Internet services, which left the region trying to find a way to safely operate. With a desire to cut back on network expenses, IT staff and expenditure and infrastructural demands, the Asian region is overall making the move to a cheaper and more economically-sound state of cloud computing.
Africa: Apparently, “skimming through the African Internet, one is bound to glow with ecstasy of expectations,” Omwamba writes. As small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and larger corporations alike are scaling their operations through the cloud, these more prominent contenders are apparently using their imprints to help leverage startups. Additionally, the African government is similarly helping their citizens stay in-the-know about the latest cloud computing policies and government functions, the article explains. A big push for promising new players in the field will hopefully yield big results in the near future.
Australia: Down under, Australia was recently ranked the second most promising and prepared country in the world for adopting cloud technologies. According to Cloud Tweaks, this continent is embracing the cloud at a rate of 20 percent, and is also ready for a more stable app development stage. “All these trends point out a future lush with possibilities in all continents,” the article concludes.
Why is it so important to know these trends across the world, though? Perhaps the biggest threat to cloud hosting and the state of cloud computing altogether is global security and accessibility. One can find a distinct challenge in trying to seamlessly operate within the cloud across these barriers, as the issue of geographic dispersal has not yet been completely resolved.
Take Australia, for example, where this recent ABC article explains:
“This concept of hosting clouds in far-flung locations poses another issue for Australian enterprises: latency. The closest place Australia could turn to for major, off-premise hosting would be Singapore, and beyond that, the United States, each of which are distant enough to cause a noticeable lag in server response times. If businesses cannot guarantee their employees, clients and customers the highest-quality, quickest storage solutions, they'd rather not use the cloud at all.”
This is why it’s critical to find a vendor who allows you to choose where you want to securely deploy your cloud resources. Datapipe (News - Alert), a provider of managed cloud hosting services, products and solutions, offers customers the opportunity to simplify this task, ultimately dominating the pesky problem of seamless global cloud hosting. With the company’s renowned Statosphere Cloud Solution, you can enjoy datacenters located in Silicon Valley, Northern Virginia, NY metro, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Brazil, Ireland, Singapore and Tokyo, making unified global cloud deployments a breeze.
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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli