What do you want to know about the Cloud? Lots to read and learn, and lots more to experience. If you are not lost in the clouds about the Cloud, you haven’t been around lately. It is crazy out there. It is the new hype and you need to get on the bus. It’s actually a Ferrari and its going fast. Gartner says by 2012, one out of five businesses will own no IT assets; that’s 20% people. Few of us are already late and need to catch up, while others have been taking a nap from traveling too much up and down the cloudy highway.
Cloud-related services are offered today by a slew of known and reputable companies, such as: Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, Novell, IBM, VMware, and Oracle. Take a look and see for yourself what each of these companies are offering. Few questions come to mind when trying to decide which is better than which
- What kinds of guarantees do each offer?
- What types of Cloud computing power do they offer in terms of performance, scalability, availability and reliability?
- What options do you have in regards to migration?
- Can you mix and match and coexist?
- How about administration and methods and processes used to operationalize your Cloud service?
- What type of software and applications can you host or serve from the Cloud?
- Licensing and plans? How much and how often?
- Upgrade plans?
- Support plans?
- And how about data and ability to synchronize back and forth?
Well, how much of this Cloud thing is the real deal and how much of it is fake? I don’t know much, but I know one thing from being around for 11 years. We tend to centralize, then decentralize, then centralize again, then decentralize again, … well, you catch my drift. This time around, it is centralization PLUS here’s all the hardware, we don’t need it anymore. We’ve got Microsoft’s triple nines guarantee. And not just that, we get paid back for lost time. Dude this is amazing. Things are changing. IT needs to wake up and the Business needs to start thinking about the ways they’ve done business.
Pains and Gains
There are pains and there are gains in moving to the Cloud. It’s all over the internet. No more keeping an inventory of hardware, switches and disk drives. No more blaming own IT staff for not performing their duties and pointing fingers at each other. No more slacking off and sitting around on Tuesdays because servers were patched last night and they seem to be sluggish. More and more reasons are coming out everyday. Is this good for IT? Is it good for the Business? Well, it is good for the people who are actually committed to do good and get better results. We can create our own reasons, but guess what, the business will continue to grow and move fast to catch up with the competition and IT, well… is trying to keep up. Will IT still be considered a cost center? not really. I think for an organization that is committed to moving to the Cloud, the bottle neck will probably become Development teams as they try to ramp up on Cloud technologies and migrate their applications to Azure, Office 365 and other non-Microsoft cloud offerings. Good times.
Finally, I will end with this note. The Cloud is a big thing. It has been for a while now. Forget about the fancy terms, such as: PaaS, SaaS, IaaS, any Cloud service is probably good for you . My recommendation is for you as an organization to focus in and look at this as an opportunity to refine your IT and Business processes for better results and eliminate redundancy and rework that’s been costing you loads of money over the years.
Take it easy.