Today, more and more businesses are adopting the cloud as their go-to model. RightScale’s survey found that 87% of organizations utilize the public cloud, while 74% of enterprises take advantage of a hybrid cloud strategy. Furthermore, the survey showed that “respondents reported more benefits from cloud computing in 2014 over the previous year in a variety of categories, including higher availability, geographic reach, cost savings, and business continuity.” Despite the major trends in cloud computing, there are still many concerns that IT teams and business executives share. Below, we dig into what they are most worried about.
As a CMO, I have a much stronger voice when it comes to IT spending than I did 10 or even five years ago. Having the right tools, services and applications is essential to analyzing big data, responding to customer needs, and quickly rolling out new products and services – all of which create competitive advantages and drive revenue. In fact, Gartner predicts that the CMO will outspend the CIO on IT by 2017.
In enterprise IT, where hidden expenses like downtime can cost the average mid-size business almost $700,000 each year, it’s important to have a plan in place for worst-case scenarios. In today’s business environment, disaster recovery tactics, addressing shadow IT, securing data, and maintaining operations are more important than ever. But how do you focus on important IT strategies, like planning for growth and creating business continuity plans, when day-to-day business operations take up most of your time?
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Traditionally, virtualization has been hypervisor-based. A hypervisor is used to separate virtual machines (VMs), each with its own operating system, and abstract management from hardware. However, the container model of virtualization is quickly gaining traction because it enables applications to share operating systems instead of requiring servers to run separate copies for each VM. The container model allows resources to be used more efficiently compared to hypervisor-based virtualization and is often viewed as the better option for cloud applications.
The amount of options available can be daunting no matter what the investment, be it a car, a home, or even clothes. Technology is no different. The days of one option for storage and two options for operating systems are over. Today, we are inundated with choices, and it’s great. One choice for cloud computing that has been right for so many businesses is the hybrid cloud.
Today’s enterprise has no borders. The pace of business continues to accelerate, thanks in part to a mobile workforce and constantly connected customers. Competition is getting more intense. Providing a product or service immediately, effectively and efficiently is now a requirement, not an aspiration.
Most organizations recognize the business benefits that the cloud is capable of delivering. A reduction in costs related to purchasing and maintaining IT infrastructure typically tops the list. Organizations can scale services and capacity up or down as needed to improve operational efficiency instead of overprovisioning to account for peak times.
If you’re an IT manager, IT architect, or CIO and still have questions about welcoming the cloud into your business, understand that nearly all organizations that have chosen to adopt the cloud have seen increases in production, operational savings, and customer satisfaction. If you’re trying to cut back on capital expenditures, then you’ll be happy to know that the cloud is scalable in cost—meaning you only pay for what you use. Most businesses utilize a hybrid cloud system, meaning open access to information, products and services for your customers through a public cloud and a private cloud which delivers enhanced security for more critical data like applications and development tools for onsite and offsite employees. Other benefits of the hybrid cloud include:
As businesses grow, so does their amount of digital data and information, often at an exponential rate. The cloud computing model you signed up for in 2011, or maybe even in 2013, might not be able to support the increasing demands you face today. With 82% of companies reportedly saving money by utilizing some sort of cloud structure, what happens to the data, and the savings, as needs surge? A more robust environment ensures that your systems can handle new data storage demands.
Before we make any type of investment, we usually analyze the options available. Whether you’re investing in a mutual fund, car, or real estate, you go through a diligent review process before opening your wallet. The same thing goes for IT investments. It is important to understand the options, match the option’s features and benefits to your needs, and then make the investment.
A great example of an IT investment, the cloud acts as a resource for data storage and an opportunity for greater collaboration. Recently, a CIO study found that 88 percent of cloud users experienced cost savings, and 56 percent claimed that cloud services have positively impacted profits. While most clients know about cloud computing, they don’t know about the options within it. Here are the major types of cloud computing.