The Cloud, Then And Now

I stumbled upon an infographic on Entrepreneur.com that focuses on the last 10 years of cloud technology. It went from being an unknown gamble to a technological achievement that will be around for years to come.

Ever since the release of Dropbox in 2007, other industries followed suit. In 2010, the federal government started using the cloud to host USA.gov and in the same year, Microsoft launched Azure. In 2011, Google launched their cloud platform and in 2013, the CIA invested millions for Amazon Web Services to build a private cloud. Eventually cloud computing reached $246 billion in 2017.

Additionally, perceptions about cloud technology changed as it became more mainstream. In 2007, John Markoff from the New York Times stated that “nobody seems to be ready to really gamble on computing on the web.” In 2016, Barb Darrow from Fortune stated that “the move to cloud computing, which has given traditional hardware and software providers heartburn for years now, will thus become ‘one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending’ since the beginning of the computing era.”

More businesses gradually began to adapt cloud technology. In 2012, 54% of companies used the cloud, but in 2017, that number increased to 95%. There has also been a steady increase in adopting a hybrid cloud strategy from 36% in 2012 to 47% in 2017.

Overall, the cloud is here to stay and will continue to make huge changes in the way businesses work.

For more details, you can check out the full infographic from SonianĀ here.

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Andre Moncayo
Andre Moncayo
Marketing Associate