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Global businesses are moving from blockchain research to applying the technology to current business challenges. Many believe that this change will be taking place in the next 12 months. Linda Pawczuk, a principal with Deloitte Consulting, commented business ambition was shifting from “a focus on blockchain tourism and exploring the technology’s potential, to building practical applications”.

Over recent months IBM has urged the government to consider the use of blockchain as a way of saving time, money and averting risk. IBM has stated that this technology needs to be seen as more than just the foundation for cryptocurrencies. IBM is amongst the growing number of companies offering Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS); a service that allows enterprises to pilot the technology without having to undergo huge capital expenditure in hardware and onsite development.

Provisioning connections between data centres and external services has always been a challenge. Which is why only 28% of organisations use a Cloud Connect model to services such as AWS and Azure. Now you can consolidate multiple cloud vendors into a single user interface, quickly and simply deploy multi-cloud environments. Interconnect the same as your cloud business model: available in minutes, no lock-in contracts, pay-as-you-go and change capacity on the fly.

An energy revolution is on the horizon, in which both utilities and consumers will produce and sell electricity. Blockchain technology is already being tested in a number of different places. For example in New York State it is being tested as a way of selling solar energy between neighbours and in Germany one power company is running a pilot to see if blockchain technology can authenticate and manage the billing process for autonomous electric-vehicle charging stations.

The rate of cloud adoption has increased rapidly, with more and more computing being pushed into the cloud, a trend identified in Serviceteam IT’s Cloud Snapshot Survey 2017. This growth in cloud computing has led to the development of networks of large data centres. However, this is already starting to slow, with an ever-increasing amount of computing moving back to the ‘edge’ of local networks. Processing will always occur wherever it is best placed for a given application at a given time and cloud has given us flexibility of computing resources; but we can’t help but think that reliable, elastic and on-demand networking is imperative to deliver the future.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke said that: “any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic”. Well, I thought that transferring money from a country to another without paying any fees could only happen in a magical world, but since I have started travelling around the world of technology on my journey with Serviceteam IT, I would totally agree with Arthur.

Cloud may be the heart of many companies’ infrastructure but it would be nothing without the veins of connectivity that keep the data flowing. The UK Cloud Snapshot Survey 2017 asked what cloud connection companies use to access their cloud solutions. This was split out from their normal office connectivity unless they relied on an open public cloud connection.