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SAP and Microsoft are both huge in the enterprise business arena, so it was no surprise when they paired up to take cloud computing to the next level.

It’s been well-documented their relationship has become even closer in the last year, and it’s likely to keep on growing as time goes on.

With Apple and Amazon also working alongside SAP to offer companies the best solutions on the market it’s a bright future ahead, but there is one problem they’ll need to sort out.

Everyone knows Infrastructure as a Service still has its disadvantages, so let’s look at what will need to change in the coming years.

Wiping Out Downtime Quickly

Imagine if Microsoft was building Excel today with all of its advanced analytics and they wanted to host it in the cloud. It’s hard to think of a business that doesn’t rely on this software, so how would they react if it went down.

Millions of companies around the world would be outraged. Hundreds of millions of dollars would be lost. Workers would be unable to do their jobs properly.

That will all disappear once we’ve finally reduced downtime, which might never hit 100 percent but will be almost as close.

Keeping Companies Onboard

Let’s go back to the previous example of a company building out software using IaaS. The reason they will do this is because they’ll want to save money. Using their own infrastructure will cause problems.

They’ll have to go through many versions of the product until they get it right. They will be constantly testing and refining it, but finally the day will come.

To save money they’ll host it on their own infrastructure once it’s perfect. Someone must come up with a solution to keep companies onboard over the long-term.

An Improvement in Speed

Big data is going to get even bigger in the coming years, so it’s essential the cloud is ready for it. What companies will really want to see is speed so fast they’ll never be able to tell if there was any lag time.

For example, take a look at some of the real-time analytics HANA already offers. You could search for a lifetime and you’ll find nothing better.

But does real-time actually mean instantaneous, or does it just mean really fast? This will always be an area where it’s able to improve as times change.

Legacy Operating Systems

Enterprise companies might not be able to move at great speed, but they’re certainly not sitting in the dark ages. They’re also becoming more streamlined with each year that passes.

Smaller companies are even quicker and it’s almost impossible to keep up with them. No matter how big or small, no company is going to be satisfied if they’re stuck on legacy operating systems.

It means Infrastructure as a Service providers will need to do their utmost to stay ahead of the curve. They will need to be quicker than everyone else if they don’t want to lose out.

Minimizing Security Risks

Security is always going to be a hot topic when discussing cloud computing. The average person demands an absolutely secure service, so it’s not hard to figure out much larger companies will want it even more.

There is far too much at stake to risk using IaaS if it’s going to leave a business compromised. There are a couple of different ways this can happen, but data disappearing is highly unlikely.

The real threat will be from hackers who set out to purposefully attack a company and it will be up to IaaS providers to protect them. If they’re unable to do so, it seems pointless using the service.

It’s Time to Take It Seriously

There was a time when enterprise companies didn’t take IaaS seriously. After all, there was far too many downsides compared to the upsides. Even though things have swung in the other direction it’s still not perfect.

When you have huge companies like SAP and Microsoft creating a partnership based on cloud computing you know it’s going to be the future, at least until some other crazy technology is invented.

We’re going to see gradual improvements in the things we’ve talked about today, plus many more areas we haven’t covered. It will get to the point where companies will rely on IaaS for everything due to its superiority.

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