Exploring the ‘Why’ of Cloud Computing

Exploring the ‘Why’ of Cloud Computing

Author:
Joe Palian

Category: Cloud Computing

The motivation supporting the cloud computing revolution may not be as obvious you first suspect

Exploring the ‘Why’ of the The cloud computing revolution is hitting full gear. Fueled in a large part by the CIOs of small to medium sized companies, cloud strategies are being implemented at unbelievable rates – a trend that doesn’t look to be going away anytime soon.

Just look at some of the industry forecasts –

  • CIOs are naming cloud computing as their number one priority for 20131
  • Forrester predicts that the global market for cloud computing will grow from $40 billion to more than $241 billion by 2020.2
  • Gartner predicts that the cloud will become so commonplace that IT professionals will stop calling it the cloud –  and instead they will begin to use more specific terminology

Cloud motivations are not all tied to saving money

While these forecasts for cloud computing adoption rates are impressive, they certainly are nothing new – as industry forecasts about the impending cloud revolution have been well documented.

However, a recent Forrester Research Paper. takes these forecasts, and asks one important question: “Why?” – As in why are companies turning to the cloud at such an impressive rate.

As noted by the Forrester Research Report, cloud adoption is up despite not always proving to be a less expensive alternative. In fact, many CIOs have already made investments in more traditional forms of IT; and any additional investments in the cloud could appear counterintuitive. On top of this, cloud computing opens up more opportunity for additional IT – meaning that through the cloud “enterprises will increase their consumption of IT, which will raise overall IT costs, not lower them.”

Then why the cloud?

The answer to this question has to move beyond the mere promise of cost savings. There is a reason that Gartner states “The cloud will change IT as nothing before it has.” And that is because the cloud offers businesses the opportunity to do more things faster and better:

  • Scalability: Data and application resources can be quickly provisioned when and where you need them
  • Availability: With the right cloud provider, you can ensure your resources remain continuously available and always secure
  • Less Maintenance:  Hardware, applications and bandwidth are managed by the provider
  • Expert service: At Expedient, our cloud computing services are continuously monitored and maintained by our onsite staff of expert data center technicians.

For expert insight and to uncover whether you are prepared to take full advantage of everything cloud computing has to offer, Expedient can help. Download our cloud computing guide for more information.

Sources
http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2304615
http://softwarestrategiesblog.com/2012/01/17/roundup-of-cloud-computing-forecasts-and-market-estimates-2012/

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