Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Hosted Services And Data Centres

Puzzled. That’s how I felt when I saw the infographic that Cloudtweaks put up with regards to the two major types of cloud implementation: public and private cloud. Why did this make me feel puzzled? I mean, it’s not like I’m a neophyte to cloud computing or anything – after all I’ve written about it for quite some time now. So let me take you through some of items that got me puzzled:

• There are (according to said infographic) 33,157 cloud data centers around the world - that’s a pretty huge number. 23,656 of them are based in the United States (which represents 71%). So it’s fair to say that the US is much more ‘cloudy’ than anywhere else. I find it amazing how big the gap is compared to the UK (with around 2,660) and Canada (at 2,740).

But one of the major points that got me puzzled is that, according to this infographic, 2012 to 2015 is right where public cloud adoption will be at its highest level in the US: so, 30% of executives are planning to use public cloud in one way or another - that’s pretty interesting.

So when thinking about a public cloud service, we can think about Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offers such as hosted Exchange for managing e-mail services.

If there’s one point we need to emphasize on from this infographic, then I would say that the 30% of executives planning to move to the cloud will be adopting these kinds of public cloud services for the following reasons (amongst others):

• Reduced time to market: this is a great benefit of public cloud computing since most of the foundations for the service are already in place - the customer only has to chose from a few options as they would do with a menu in a restaurant.
Simply speaking, from the time they decide to move something to the cloud, to the step where they are up and running in the cloud, there’s a very little delay - and that’s a huge advantage that can drastically make a difference in this very competitive world.

• Increased agility: we now live in times of uncertainty and the more agility/flexibility we can gain, the easier it will be for us to adapt to changes. Indeed, with public cloud computing, customers don’t bear the cost of integrating new features to the whole system since the cloud provider does this on behalf of the customer; this is because they are sharing the same cloud-based infrastructure. Therefore, customers get the best of both worlds: new features as well as flexible contracts for a low-cost.

In fact, if I get back to the initial feeling I had when seeing that infographic, there’s still one thing that I don’t get: those figures actually support the fact that cloud computing is establishing itself as the way-to-go in terms of IT, executives are planning to move to it and the figures also showcase that there’s a lot of cloud-based infrastructure running out there - so why do some companies still hesitate embracing it?

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