It is estimated that by 2016, “Cloud Computing” will be a $250 billion business. More than half of Global 1000 companies are expected to utilize the clouds over the next few years.
Cloud computing allows a seperation between on-site computers (and devices) and resources used to provide access to data and applications. Among the benefits are reduced cost, complexity, and easy scalability.
How is the cloud trend affecting IT infrasturcture, decisions and processes?
Primarily, companies do not need to spend the enormous amount on hadrware that was needed in the past. With that goes severe maintenance and labor costs.
Despite the upside, there are a few questions that one must ask before selecting a cloud solution. Among these are:
1) How quickly can it scale?
2) How often does the network experience connectivity issues?
3) What is the absolute speed one can expect when using the service?
Cloud Computing is the new “in thing”, but companies must realize that simply being on The Cloud is not enough – It is important that the provider has the power to adapt to your changing needs, quickly and seamlessly.