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How ASX investors can profit from the cloud computing boom – Motley Fool Australia

NEXTDC Ltd (ASX:NXT) and these ASX shares could be the best ways to gain exposure to the cloud computing boom on the ASX…

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One area of the technology sector which is booming in 2020 is cloud computing. This technology really came to prominence this year as people worked from home or streamed endless hours of entertainment via Netflix during lockdowns.
The good news is that this seismic shift is still only getting started and more and more infrastructure is expected to move onto the cloud in the coming years.
I believe this bodes well for the three ASX shares listed below. So much so, they could be top long term options for investors. Here’s why:
Macquarie Telecom Group Ltd (ASX: MAQ)
Macquarie Telecom is a provider of telco and hosting services to corporate and government customers. It is the latter offering that I believe will be the key driver of growth for the company over the 2020s. Its Hosting segment has been growing at a very strong rate and appears well-positioned to continue doing so. Especially after recent capacity expansions were undertaken in order to capture the increasing demand for cloud and cyber security services in Australia.
Another ASX share that looks well-placed to benefit greatly from the cloud computing boom is Megaport. It offers scalable bandwidth for public and private cloud connections, metro ethernet, and data centre backhaul. Its global platform also enables customers to rapidly connect their network to other services across the Megaport Network. They can then be directly controlled by via mobile devices, their computer, or its open API. At the last count, Megaport was connecting more than 1,777 customers in 601 enabled data centres.
A final ASX share to consider buying for exposure to the cloud computing boom is NEXTDC. It is an innovative data centre operator which operates a collection of world class sites in key locations across Australia. Demand for its services has been growing very strongly in recent years and particularly in 2020 during the pandemic. This has led to the announcement of major contract wins and the construction of new data centres to cope with demand.
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