A Paradigm Shift?
What does this delta to the Cloud involve?
In the continuum of ecosystem changes, being in or moving to the Cloud involves a paradigm shift to the way businesses/enterprises/organizations have been managed and sustained. Advancement in technology over the past decades has led to miniaturization of infrastructure requirements for the business, while expanding the web of connectivity alongside features of “anytime, anywhere, any device” access. This further facilitates scalability for the business, suiting their patterns of business activity. Concerned Cloud entities are; the Cloud service provider, customer, Cloud service broker, etc. Further pool-on the resources in a cost-effective shared manner thereby leading to a shift in the economies being incurred.
Consequently, all of the 5 characteristics of Cloud Computing are seen encompassing the shift to what was perceived by Gartner (2008) as a most disruptive technology. The XaaS, anything as a service, are being provided based on the service assets possessed by both service provider and consumer/customer in terms of the resources and capabilities. “The sky is the limit, pick what works for you” is the slogan of the day.
When we recount the evolution of Cloud, it dates back a couple of decades – the 70’s , 80’s, 90’s and the 2000; where we’ve already been knowingly or unknowingly using some of the concepts of Cloud. To name a few; internet as a connecting medium, email, utility computing, grid computing, multi-user environments, SaaS, virtualization concepts, etc.
Where are we on the hype-cycle?
Gartner’s hype-cycle for 2013, predicts Cloud Computing to be progressing towards a plateau of productivity through the slope of enlightenment. Also, Big Data being the top trigger for innovation.
How do we get to where we want to be?
As we head into 2014, Cloud Computing is no longer the future but the present. Investments are up, enterprise use is widespread, and the hybrid Cloud model has arrived. While the bulk of Cloud acquisition and use continues to be driven by business units, in 2014, traditional IT departments will stop asking Why Cloud?. Instead they will busy themselves with integrating Cloud into the existing portfolios, extending data centre infrastructures with elastic Cloud technologies, and consuming new customized platforms and private Cloud solutions to back the moves by DevOps and line of business.
As the age of the customer arrives, all the focus shifts to the systems of engagement and the agility in refining these critical customer tools. Cloud technologies and services represent the fastest way for the business to reach new buyers and breathe new life into aging applications. In 2014, Cloud leverage will be both traditional and disruptive as the business and IT put Cloud to work.
Next week Part 2 will be published!