The State of the Cloud 2013
Where the Cloud is now and the Forecast
The Current State of the Cloud
Cost: The cloud allows managing your IT expenses to be completely simplified. Instead of having multiple capital and operating expenses the cloud allows companies to pay for what they need, when they need it, similar to a utilities bill.
Compliance: Now for many industries such as healthcare or legal this is a major concern when it comes to cloud computing. Laws such as HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley require companies to know and have control over who can access their data at all times. Some cloud services do not have the proper certifications, so make sure to ask about compliance issues when choosing a cloud provider.
Resources: Focus on your business needs not on IT. The cloud offers just this, IT issues will be handled by the cloud provider leaving employee resources to be focused on more pressing business priorities.
Performance: Applications, web based or otherwise become optimized in the cloud, allowing for increased responsiveness and efficiency within applications.
Accessibility: Now all of the technical and cost saving benefits of the cloud are amazing, but we cannot overlook the benefit of accessibility. The ability to access all of your applications and data from anywhere, anytime on any device is nothing short of incredible.
We Are Living in a Virtual World and I am a Virtual Machine
Along with this increase in VMs the data and memory storage demands have also gone through the roof, increasing by 90% and 100% respectively over the past year. Organizations are moving more memory and data intensive applications to the cloud while at the same time optimizing their virtual machines. Today, organizations can deploy the equivalent of three to four servers onto one VM. This advancement allows organizations to deploy multiple applications with high memory and storage demands without having to deploy the same number of virtual machines.
The Disruptive Cloud
New Business Models:
Over the past year it has become clear what the cloud can offer organizations and people are taking notice. From speed, cost savings and accessibility to its revolutionizing nature one thing is clear, the cloud is here to stay. As companies continue to move their business critical applications to the cloud the job of cloud providers will be to guarantee security and availability for all of that data.
Written by: Sam Watkinson
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