Cloud computing refers to the on-demand provision of computational resources (data, software) via a network, rather than from a local computer or datacenter. In general this is a pay-as-you-go approach delivered via the Internet, but private clouds, blended clouds and other enterprise approaches are also used.
The bad news is that enterprise CTOs, the people who created the construct and business model of this approach, are now suffering through an onslaught of over the top hype. Most are getting sick of the term. Enterprise technologists want to transition to the cloud in a no-hype way.
That can be done, but our recommendation is to leverage the lessons learned of people who have managed cloud transition projects themselves vice just relying on vendors to steer you. Like in so many other disciplines, vendor hype can take you off track from your objectives. And if you are embarking on a cloud computing transition you will definitely want to stay focused on your objectives.
A snapshot of the trend right now indicates:
- Although it can cost additional resources to embark on a cloud transition effort, in most cases after initial outlays there are significant cost savings. Commercial Cloud Computing providers are know widely known for their revising costs down and we see that trend continuing.
- A new consensus is forming regarding security and cloud capabilities. Well engineered clouds can be far more secure than the typical Internet connected enterprise. A favored technique for enhancing enterprise security in a way that supports cloud computing models is a Software Defined Perimeter (SDP).
- Agility of this model is helping innovators innovate and developers develop, and in many cases this is the greatest benefit of the approach. Agility in service to mission and business needs is far more important than cost savings.
- New forms of Cloud Computing include ultra-small data centers which can function as internal clouds.
- Versatile small form-factor data centers can be bought in containers and put anywhere
- Cloud plus IoT = Fog Computing, an architecture of multiple collaborative end compute devices
Open questions decision-makers should track include:
- Will the big cloud providers be monopolies?
- Will the future Internet be “walled gardens?
- How will nations settle data retention disputes?
- How do we move compute across tiers?
- How do we transition from legacy compute to new cloud models?
For deeper considerations of the impact of Cloud Computing on enterprise IT it is important to track all seven MegaTrends and consider them together. Dive deeper into all the trends and examine their impact on your organization via a CTOvision Pro membership, available for enterprises and individuals.
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