Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cloud Adoption in Enterprise

Organizations are increasingly looking to cloud computing seeking various solutions, and big companies won’t be left behind. Why? A tipping point has been activated, says Infoworld; and as security, usability, and accessibility increases, the reluctance experienced by large companies so far will no doubt be trumped and transformed by the influence of an overwhelming number of organizations adopting cloud services recently.

As of June 2013, it was reported by Business Wire that 75% of Future of Cloud Computing Survey participants use “some sort of cloud platform-up from 67% last year. The total worldwide addressable market for cloud computing” is expected to increase 126.5% from 2011-2014.

Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Services

Microsoft now offers their customers the opportunity to build a hybrid cloud, using familiar tools, with their Azure Cloud services. Big companies “that have been reluctant to get the cloud journey underway on their own – not enough IT staff, no budget for off-premises public cloud use – can now turn to the familiar Windows Server and System Center, the Windows Server systems management console, and find an embedded roadmap to the cloud,” Information Week reports.

Microsoft strives to speed cloud adoption by big companies by allowing them to “embrace the cloud on their own terms,” Market Watch reports. Microsoft recently partnered with AT&T, striving to provide “enterprise-grade security, speed and reliability.”

Recently, Microsoft have beefed up their cloud offering with cloud Hadoop implementation (currently version 1.3) under a service named HDInsight. Nevertheless, Microsoft considers its Hadoop-based solution HDInsight “a building block.” The company has a lot more planned in the pipeline to build various end-to-end solutions that will help business customers get value from the utilizing the cloud.

Amazon Web Services

Here’s what Infoworld has to say about how Amazon Web Services is leading the market as #1 cloud provider: “AWS didn’t get to where it is through clever marketing. It simply has a public cloud that works, scales, and lives up to expectations. Sometimes, that’s all you need.” However, they maintain that large enterprises, a term contextually used here as a synonym for big companies, are slow to adopt the tech for three reasons:

1) Enterprises demand a deal, but AWS “typically does not budge on pricing.”

2) AWS is also rigid with the terms of their contracts; they don’t allow enterprises to rewrite agreements and they won’t negotiate terms with their lawyers.

3) The public cloud model is a concept that contrasts the utility based computing mindset that most enterprises are cozy with. Yesterday’s paradigm based on static business processes and an idea of “clear, tangible expenses in a budget” will need to be challenged here.

Yet AWS continues to innovate swiftly to meet the needs of large enterprises as they encourage enterprise cloud implementation at a rate equal to the success seen with startups thus far, according to Cloud Computing Journal.

The Allure of the Cloud

Verizon’s 2013 State of the Enterprise Cloud Report, Contegix discloses, finds that enterprise cloud adoption is on the rise. As big companies “struggle to keep up with the IT resources needed to manage and analyze big data properly,” adopting a cloud services solution becomes even more alluring.

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