“Not only are many organizations able to realize cost savings by not having to run and maintain their own servers, many cloud tools enable new levels of sharing and collaboration, which can transform how we work. We live in a world where there is an increasing need to partner with other organizations to achieve real impact. Using the right cloud tools can help us break down the barriers we currently face and be the more open, effective, and resilient organizations that we need to be.”
– ‘A Walk in the Clouds’ by Tieney Smith
Cloud adoption is expected to reach $250 billion by 2017 according to Gartner. Over 60 percent of enterprises are expected to have at least half of their infrastructure on cloud-based platforms by 2018. The future of the Cloud is bright. It is evident that enterprises should move their functions to the cloud. The situation of cloud computing being an optional luxury for businesses has changed.
Cloud Computing has now become an integral part of almost all professional operations as enterprises look out to cut costs and increase efficiency. Opting out of cloud and its services will result in enterprises not having a competitive advantage in the market.
Cloud Computing is a model for enabling on demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.Because of the benefits of cloud computing, the question for many enterprises has shifted from Why Cloud Computing to Which Functions in Cloud Computing.
For organizations looking to move to Cloud Computing, it is important to understand the different aspects of Cloud Computing and to assess their own situation and decide which types of solutions are appropriate for their unique needs.
Cloud Computing is a rapidly accelerating revolution within IT and will become the default method of IT delivery moving into the future – organizations would be advised to consider their approach towards beginning a move to the clouds sooner, rather than later.