The concept of cloud computing is something that stems back to the late 1980s when grid computing involved a large number of systems being applied to one single problem.

Today, cloud based services are very much a part of our day to day lives. Many businesses, as well as individuals are able to use cloud computing accessibly and productively.

A number of companies that include GoogleMicrosoftSSE Telecoms and BT, have built massive data centres with computing capacity all over the world to help support their Web service offerings to clients across the globe.

With the ever-increasing expansion of the internet and the more congested it will become, we are likely to see a hybrid cloud expand in definition of what cloud based services offer. This means the cloud could continue to evolve from where it is currently at.

Cloud based services have already revolutionised the way many businesses go about daily jobs and help them to a more efficient working environment. In fact, as well as being 30% more environmentally friendly than onsite servers, they also free up space within the office and can allow your IT staff to focus on the IT infrastructure of your business instead of spending most of their time maintaining the onsite servers.

Cloud computing has reduced the strain on the environment too and if everyone in the UK were to invest in cloud computing by the end of 2020 we would be saving around £12 billion worth of energy.

Monetary benefits are not the only plus point to cloud computing, and as security online has become a major issue to tackle, these services seem to have been the saving grace for a number of businesses across the world. As cloud computing progresses, security, reliability and performance will all look to be improved on and will hopefully bring a number of other benefits to its users.

The ‘cloud’ has been vastly welcomed by so many big names across many industries that its future looks very bright indeed and investing in it seems like the only logical thing to do.