Cloud – the future is clear
Cloud computing has already irreversibly changed IT, but its real impact is still to come. Those that are still thinking that it is just another IT fad had better think again or be left behind. The underlying benefits and economics of cloud computing are driving its adoption and these are only accelerating as it continues to improve and evolve.
While only five years ago vendors were still trying to explain the concept of Cloud to corporates, today nearly every enterprise has cloud, with hybrid cloud the preferred strategy for 85% of enterprises (download the RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report). What might surprise the enterprise employees is that on average they are running applications in 1.8 public clouds and 2.3 private clouds.
Not only is usage increasing but the challenges are also dissipating with concerns about security, and lack of resources/expertise falling significantly leaving managing costs as the primary concern, although that has fallen as well, just not as fast. One of the ways to manage costs is to get the right balance between private and public cloud, which is why hybrid cloud continues to grow.
Given the significant cost advantages Cloud computing has over traditional IT, the increasing efficiency gains being generated from Hybrid Cloud are widening the cost/productivity gap between organisations that have moved to cloud and those that have not. In some industries, this can be the difference between the organisation being competitive or obsolete.
Some IT commentators have likened the importance of Cloud to corporate computing to being on par with the introduction of the smart phone to mobile telephony. Similarly thinking of Cloud computing as being a server at a different location is like thinking of a smart phone as a mobile phone with a touch screen – it is simultaneous true while completely missing the significance of the change.
The benefits of Cloud computing are not just that it is more efficient and easier to manage, it also fundamentally changes an organisations IT capability and options. Like the internet itself, Cloud is specifically designed to maximise redundancy, at the same time it is also designed to maximise performance and efficiency. This is a three-way combination that needed to be weighed off against each other in traditional IT.
Cloud also enables the organisation to choose the best application for its requirements, rather than the best application that can run on the organisations IT environment. In a rapidly changing world this freedom to choose could be the difference between thriving and surviving.
Not surprisingly Cloud computing has evolved, so have the options. When incorporating cloud computing into your existing infrastructure you can choose or combine a range of options such as: Network Access, Unified Threat Management, Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, Business Continuity Protection, Managed Services.
Somerville has been helping a wide range of clients with their Cloud strategies, from taking their first steps all the way through to fully customised hybrid Cloud implementations. We pride ourselves on delivering the right solution to meet your organisations needs and budget. Please contact us via the enquiry form so we can discuss your organisations needs and create a solution that fits your organisations requirements, now and in the future.
About the Author
Craig Somerville is the founder and CEO of Somerville IT with over 35 years’ experience in the IT industry, Craig has spearheaded the growth of one of Australia’s leading providers of IT solutions to schools and corporates.