Five Future Cloud Trends You Need to Know About Today: Race to the Cloud

Welcome back to our Five Future Cloud Trends series. Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked about trends that are changing the workplace — the advent of the mobile workforce, the 24/7 global workforce and the rise of the millennials in the workforce.

The fourth trend you need to know about is the ongoing race to the cloud, which helps support these changes.

Today, businesses are moving to some form of the cloud in droves. This might be a public cloud, a private, single-tenant environment or a mix of both.

By moving out of your own network to the cloud, you can offer your employees access to files from anywhere in the world at any time of the day.

In addition to that 24x7x365 access, the cloud also offers agility. When the next big idea comes around, the cloud offers the ability to spin up infrastructure in minutes rather than waiting on a weeks-long process of procuring servers in your own data center.

And the cloud can be more cost effective too. By moving to a cloud, your costs shift from a CAPEX model to an OPEX model and can be less expensive to utilize and maintain than an on-premise data center.

Finally, the cloud offers new ways for businesses to tap into the expertise and experience of seasoned IT professionals. Because cloud infrastructure still needs to be managed, many businesses are engaging managed service providers to help them mitigate the need for finding and retaining their needed cloud talent.

Check out the video below to find out more:

While the cloud has significantly improved productivity and collaboration for many organizations, it’s also heightened the issue of security. That brings us to our final future cloud trend — the increasing need for a security mindset. Join us next week to learn how to transition your security plan from being a separate silo to an integral part of every business decision.

Want to find out more about up and coming trends that may affect your business? Visit Rackspace to learn more about our productivity solutions and the ways we’re helping businesses successfully move to the cloud.

Kacie LaCombe leads the content marketing strategy for the Cloud Office business unit at Rackspace. She joined the company in 2014 and began working on the marketing team for Cloud Sites. After that, Kacie moved to the business operations team for Cloud Office where she had the privilege to be involved in all facets of the business from marketing content to project management.

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