Despite efforts from some of the larger tech companies to find new ways to assuage customers that cloud computing is safer than ever, it seems that many enterprises still lack a sense of assurance that they can trust everything related to the sector.
Cloud infrastructure giant, VMware, has expanded its reach in the sector with a double pick-up of two companies in the space. It has put around $4billion down in total to acquire both Pivotal Software, a cloud-native platform, and Carbon Black, an endpoint security software company. This allows VMware to move deeper into working with cloud-native enterprises and securing extra space away from the moves of the biggest three tech companies in cloud computing.
It seems clear that security will be at the forefront of the minds of most decision-makers when it comes to migrating towards a digital future. As well as the widely-publicised benefits, there are also potential worries that could pose issues if not mitigated.
Developing nations have realised the potential benefits that could be provided by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing, but now it appears we are getting closer to such progress being harnessed.
It has been somewhat of a breakthrough year for the cloud computing sector, having transformed from an afterthought and something only for the top decision-makers in niche industries to something that is changing how global businesses interact with software.
Nobody seems sure what the bigger picture is for cloud computing when it comes to 5G or whether both burgeoning industries might become rolled into one. The continued rollout for the latest connectivity technology could have an impact on what happens to businesses when they choose their digital strategy going into the next decade.
There is expected to be a lot of disruption to many UK sectors over the next few months, as Brexit nears the supposed finishing line, but exactly how it will affect the cloud computing sector remains to be seen. SAP adoption is currently down, according to the latest statistics, with big businesses seeming more cautious about large investments in new technology when the short-term future looks murky.
While the biggest tech companies around the world have been fighting over cloud computing space for everything from defence contracts for the Pentagon in the US, to car manufacturers in the UK, the profits and numbers they generate each quarter can be most important for the long-term growth of the sector.