Thursday, 15 March 2012

Enough Already! Cloud Computing Is Here to Stay

Enough Already! Cloud Computing Is Here to Stay

Can we put down the weapons and at last agree that the cloud is here to stay? Have your say, below.


In psychoanalysis, “being in denial” is a defense mechanism used by a person faced with an unpleasant situation too uncomfortable to accept or too ghastly to contemplate. The person rejects reality and insists it is not true, despite overwhelming evidence.

I am constantly confronted with people in denial about the cloud. These naysayers are mostly individuals within the technology services industry. So let’s first examine some facts, as well as some arguments against cloud computing.
Cloud computing facts

These are proven facts, not future predictions. It is easy to argue against predictions, but pretty hard to argue with the past.

According to AMD (1/12), 70 percent of businesses are either using or investigating cloud computing solutions.

According to an IBM survey (2011) of 2,000 midsize companies, two-thirds were planning or had already deployed cloud-based technologies, and 70 percent were actively pursuing cloud-based analytics for greater insight and efficiency.
90 percent of Microsoft’s 2011 R&D budget was spent on cloud computing strategy and products.

In a 2011 Avanade-commissioned study of C-level executives from 18 countries to learn how cloud computing is being used in the enterprise, it found:

60% reported cloud computing as their highest IT priority.

74% are already using some form of cloud computing technology.

64% are investing in training new and current employees on their cloud expertise.

Worldwide IT spending on cloud computing has increased more than 25 percent from 2008 to 2012.

30% of small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) used cloud software in 2011.

A study by Mimecast in 2010 found that 70 pecent of companies that were using cloud computing services are willing to and will move new applications to the cloud.

48 percent of U.S. government agencies moved at least one workflow to the cloud following the new requirement that federal agencies adopt a “cloud-first” policy.

41 percent of senior executives say they are using or plan on using some kind of private cloud.

Cloud providers have increased personnel from nil in 2007 to over 550,000 in 2010.

The above numbers are only a handful of facts on cloud computing adoption. Just a few of those figures should be enough to convince those still in denial, yet the naysayers persist. Let’s look at a few of the arguments I have been presented with.
Arguments against cloud computing

Cloud computing is just another iteration of SaaS and ASP, which ultimately failed
Technology has changed dramatically since the days of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and application service provider (ASP). Processing power has increased many times over, which makes it more profitable to run cloud applications and lowers the cost of doing business in the cloud. Additionally, bandwidth is enormously cheaper, and more available, which was one of the huge impediments of SaaS and ASP. SaaS and ASP were the right technologies at the wrong time.

Security and compliance are weaker in the cloud
I keep hearing this one, but nothing to support the claim. According to a 2010 survey by Mimecast, 57 percent of respondents agreed that cloud computing actually improved their security. Another study found that, “Improved Reliability and Security of Data” as the second most important benefits of moving to the cloud. While there will always be risks with having your data anywhere; security concerns in the cloud are for the most part unfounded. Still encryption and other technologies will help minimize concern, especially for transfer of data, in and out of the cloud.

Cloud computing is too expensive
There are some cases where moving to the cloud can be more expensive. But commoditization is already happening. Last week Google, Amazon, and then Microsoft, cut their cloud prices. With the increase in computing power, the increased cloud adoption, and decreased migration costs, cloud is getting less expensive to implement. According to Microsoft, it saved DenizBank, $12,000,000; and saved Convergent Computing $1,200,000 a month by going to Microsoft’s private cloud. In another study by Cloud HyperMarket, 74 percent of respondents say that using the cloud has reduced their infrastructure costs. Cloud prices will continue to drop and this argument will be heard less and less.

The landscape for technology professionals is changing; the landscape for computing and how technology is delivered is changing. So what is to be done? First of all, don’t sit around and wait for things to happen. Start developing a strategy that exploits cloud advantages for your organization. Determine what kind of cloud services you need solutions for, and meet with cloud providers to find the best long-term fit. If you are an IT professional, it would be advantageous to update your certifications to more cloud and security-friendly certifications. I did not mention any of the cloud predictions, but they are big. In short, start moving!

Todd Nielsen
posted in Blog, Featured ⋅ March 14, 2012 1:14 pm

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Bring your own device. The future of Cloud computing

With cloud computing fast becoming the way of the future, what does this mean for our standard office desktops?

Thin clients are becoming more and more popular due to the limited resources needed to work within the cloud but there is however another option that is becoming more popular: Bring your own device.


What does this mean?

Bring your own device means exactly what it says, bring your home laptop or tablet into work and use that. Crazy you say! Since you are accessing a secure location it now does not matter what you do with your home laptop as long as you can connect to the internet. Your private and work data need never mix. This will become a popular choice for employers as they will save on hardware equipment.


The future of bring your own device.

For me there is only one option for BYOD and that is the mobile phone. In the future I expect that people will simply walk into work dock their phone and start working. This would be possible now even. All it takes is the phone manufacturer to make a docking station similar to a laptop one. Ok it will look more like a phone cradle but the principle would be the same. You could dock your phone and see exactly what you see on your phone screen on your monitor only now it is attached to the monitor, keyboard, mouse and even headset. From here you can launch your cloud interface and use your apps exactly like you do on your computer. Using IP phone software similar to Skype you can also make and receive calls.


Could your mobile really replace your pc and phone system?

Yes and it's only a matter of time. We are in an age of less is more, we are now focusing less on power and more on design and saving power! The mobile phone will do both. Phones are becoming more powerful and with applications like Citrix receiver it is already possible to get your full desktop on your phone. If manufacturers have their head screwed on they will be creating laptop and tablet docks so you can literally stick your phone into the back of a laptop shell or a tablet shell. Your phone would click in just like your battery clicks into your laptop now.


What does this mean for computer providers?

Computer providers will merge more with phone providers, just like Microsoft and Nokia are teaming up now. Samsung and Apple already make both mobile phones and computers. This will give them the lead in the market, they are literally one product away from this solution. Microsoft already has office365 integrated with your phone all they are missing is the device to bring it onto a bigger screen. Just think, you’re finished work but you still have a few things to finish, just undock your phone and carry on working on the bus or tube. The best thing of it all is that if everything is cloud based and you get your phone stolen your data is still secure.