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The Atmospheric Rise of Cloud Computing



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The Atmospheric Rise of Cloud Computing

From the dawn of civilization right up until 2003, human beings generated 5 exabytes of stored information. Now this is created every two days.

And by 2025, half of all the world’s data will be found on the cloud, allowing people to save, control, and work with it remotely or in any other setting.

In the infographic above, sponsored by Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust, we dive into everything you need to know about the atmospheric rise of cloud computing.

What Does The Cloud Hold?

Many types of data, from text files, images, and videos to large archives and applications data, are stored on the cloud. 

Today, the average employee uses 36 cloud-based services daily, and corporations as a whole store about 60% of their data on the cloud.

Different cloud storage services have been created based on this growing demand. Consequently, there are four main cloud storage systems according to Spiceworks:

  1. Private cloud storage: The data and resources in a private cloud are not typically shared with other organisations or users. This is suitable for large enterprises.
  2. Public cloud storage: Available to the public and is managed by a third-party provider. The resources and data in a public cloud is shared among multiple users and organisations.
  3. Hybrid cloud storage: Combines both private and public cloud infrastructure. This allows organisations to use the public cloud for non-sensitive data and the private cloud for sensitive data. This is therefore more suitable for small and mid-sized companies.
  4. Community cloud storage: Shared among organisations with similar goals, policies, and security requirements. The organisations or a third-party provider can manage the community cloud. It is suitable for financial, health, legal, compliance systems, etc.

Types of Cloud Storage Infrastructure

Cloud storage systems require physical infrastructure, and the primary types are:

  1. Data warehouses are storage houses that collect data from various sources and organise it into a single format. They allow fast information processing and analysis. This makes them a good choice for business intelligence (BI) and data-driven work.
  2. Data lakes store raw data in their original format. They efficiently handle batch processing and are ideal for data scientists and engineers working with raw data.
  3. Data lakehouses offer the combined services of warehouses and lakes.

Individuals and organisations can increase flexibility and responsiveness when analysing data by using data warehouses’ processing power and data lakes’ storage size, both of which are becoming larger and more powerful each year.

Current Market Value and Future Projections

Despite the global cloud storage market being just one segment of the overall cloud computing market, it is expected to reach over $376 billion with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24%.

YearGlobal Market Value ($ Billion)
2021$70.2 Billion
2022$87.0 Billion
2023$107.9 Billion
2024$133.8 Billion
2025$165.3 Billion
2026$203.6 Billion
2027$250.4 Billion
2028$307.5 Billion
2029$376.1 Billion

The fastest-growing regions for the cloud storage market are the Middle East and Africa. Moreover, the fastest-growing segment is backup and disaster recovery.

The fast expansion of cloud computing as a whole is expected to catapult the market to a staggering $947.3 billion by 2026—almost double what it was in 2022.

Cloud Storage Vs. Cloud Computing

Cloud computing and cloud storage are often used interchangeably but are not the same. Cloud computing provides processing power made available over the cloud to do computational tasks, e.g. Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud.

However, cloud storage provides data storage capacity available over the cloud, e.g. Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox.

By 2026, 45% of all IT spending is anticipated to be allocated toward innovative cloud development and management firms.

Investing in the Cloud

Investing in companies like Databricks and those providing modern cloud systems, such as Snowflake, will be key to driving progress and innovation in the future.

Scottish Mortgage gives exposure to these and other pioneers of progress. In the next part of this Pioneers of Progress Series, we dive into the synthetic biology market.

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