Consumers have long been accustomed to using cloud services like Gmail and Dropbox. Major players like Microsoft have adapted their services for use with the cloud, and cloud computing is certainly on the rise.
Many companies are now very much aware of the value of cloud services, and the segment is expected to see significant growth in coming years. The Snowden revelations have created a lot of concern over the U.S. government's access to information stored on U.S. servers.
A number of cloud services are based in the United States. This has led to great interest in an operator such as EVRY, because it offers cloud services with secure data storage on hardware physically located in Norway and is subject to Norwegian legislation and regulation. This is an important competitive advantage for EVRY, and will play an important role in growth in this segment.
Customers want access to precisely the computing capacity they need - when they need it. EVRY's cloud centre in Brumundal is a good example of this. The centre doubled its user numbers to 30,000 in 2013, spread over a number of small and medium-sized companies.
Growth in user numbers is expected to continue, with the centre anticipating around 45,000 users by the end of 2014. Self-service solutions allow customers to make their own decisions on allocating the capacity and resources they need at any time.
The centre currently offers 20 different products based on Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The range of products is under continuous development, including both standardised solutions with little need for integration or customisation and private cloud solutions that can deliver far greater flexibility.
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