It’s everything. Ever since computers were invented, people have been trying to “rent” them out to others: Now that this popular idea is final possible even at the casual consumer level, it’s only going to get more popular. Gartner predicts that by 2021, more than half of global enterprises currently using some cloud services will have switched to an “all-in” strategy where they use little else. This trend is likely to only grow more common as cloud computing continues to improve and more businesses are emboldened to move everything into the cloud.
We’ve also seen the rise of hybrid clouds, combinations between public clouds managed primarily by providers and private clouds managed primarily by client businesses. This allows companies to choose which services they want to keep more in-house and which they want to access as a more generalized (and common) platform, while still keeping everything in the cloud.
The bottom line: Cloud computing is here to stay – and in a big way. There will always be some data that’s best kept at the local level, and always some risks in depending on the cloud. But this solution will remain one of the most important parts of modern technology.