Cloud computing is fundamental to the UK’s digital future. The next wave of the digital revolution is being powered by the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced mobile applications, big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). But it is cloud computing that underpins all of these developments. It provides the capability to store, process and manage the vast volumes of real-time data being created through digital innovation.
When the first Global Cloud Computing Scorecard was compiled in 2012, the United Kingdom ranked a lowly seventh of the twenty-four countries and subsequently slipped to ninth position overall in 2016. However, in the latest report by BSA The Software Alliance, the UK has improved its position to fourth place partly due to the successful implementation of a National Broadband Plan which has resulted in the fastest mobile data connection speeds and highest percentage of the population using the Internet in the world. Other factors that contributed to the UK’s improved cloud computing readiness rating included the release of a National Cybersecurity Strategy, the introduction of the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the enforcement of advanced intellectual property laws.
Cloud computing is estimated to be worth an additional €449 billion to the European economy alone by 2020, while the UK cloud-services market is expected to amount to approximately US$ 10.3 billion by 2021. The UK has amazing strengths in every part of the cloud ecosystem. From chip design to world leading capabilities in artificial intelligence. London’s data centre capacity is globally significant and is second only in size to North Virginia.
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