Cloud Computing And The Enterprise
Cloud Computing is one of the technology that is driving change in today’s world. Enterprise world included. So, what is cloud computing, what are its strength and weakness ?
Cloud computing technology is all about data sharing. Naturally the sharing part can be limited to a few people or everyone in the world. By moving data into the cloud (read: internet), then that data is readily accessible and available 24/7, 365 days a year.
Cloud computing has become a mainstream delivery mechanism for information technology (IT) globally but is still in a nascent stage of adoption for enterprise cloud. Many IT buyers understand that there is a range of options from the low end, commodity cloud marketplace that provides little more than cheap storage and access.
Naturally, enterprise wants to keep their data secure since it concerns their livelihood. Not only enterprise, small to medium businessess are also concerned about security.
But, the trend is moving towards greater cloud adoption, both in the enterprise and small to medium businesss.
Estimates of the actual rate of public cloud adoption among enterprises to date vary widely. According to TechTarget’s March 2013 Cloud Pulse survey, 39% of 1297 respondents said they use the public cloud, which topped the private and hybrid categories at 28% and 33% respectively.
Why is that ?
Cloud computing offers flexibility. It allows enterprises and businessess to be more efficient and effective. With data access available anywhere, decision can be made on the spot. And with data update available in real-time, decision can be made quicker. There is no need to wait for a week before we get the data input into the system. These are the main reasons for cloud adoption.
However, there are weaknesses to cloud computing. Mainly as mentioned above, security.
By exposing data to the internet, virtually anyone can gain access. The lock on the door needs to be stronger. Why ? Well, anyone can simply knock on the door now, no need to go through extra security layer offered by offline system. Where to get access, the person have to be physically available next the the system.
Thus, the cloud is split between two systems, public cloud and private cloud. Just like the internet network is split between internet and intranet.
A lot of businessess including enterprises are going for the private cloud because of the security reasons. It still offers enough flexibility for businessess.
Public cloud on the other hand is used by consumers, individuals who are more open minded and is willing to make the trade off between flexibility and security.
A new cloud is brewing called the hybrid cloud, which is a mix between private and public. Mainly due to employees using public cloud even though the enterprise is alread using private cloud.
Back to the cloud computing and the enterprise,
With enterprises continuing to adopt cloud computing, analysts see continued growth in both public and private cloud investment-with worldwide spending on public IT cloud services set to exceed $40 billion in 2012 and reach nearly $100 billion by 2016, according to IDC.
So, cloud computing adoption will continue to rise. There is no stopping it.