A 2012 Gartner Study (User Survey Analysis: Impact of Mobile devices on Network and Data Center Infrastructure) revealed that 32 percent of the companies who participated in the survey said they supported employee owned smart phones and 37 percent said that they supported tablets. A good 44 percent of them said they supported employee laptops.  The above survey findings is further confirmed by the 2012 ABI Research report that estimates that 2.4 billion employees will be using smart phones by 2017 to connect to the organization network over the Internet.

It is evident that large numbers of organizations are having a relook at their data center infrastructures and considering how they can move data to the Cloud painlessly and effectively.  A quick look at the computing environment indicates that many of these organizations have boldly experimented with virtualization and this has paved the way in their efforts to reach out to their remote workforces in new ways.

Private-Clouds-in-a-box concepts have helped organizations install and deploy private Clouds with ease.  The Cloud enablement of traditional servers has helped them transition their data between their data center and the Cloud with confidence. It is, therefore, not surprising that the Cloud is now fast approaching or becoming mainstream.  All the traditional servers are now being re-engineered and Cloud enabled in step with user demands that are quickly being formulated.

An instance in point is Windows Server 2012. This server has been redesigned to integrate with the Microsoft Azure platform. It ships with an updated version of Hyper-V that allows organizations connect users to on-premise computing resources and Cloud resources using a single window interface.  Since the Hyper V in the Windows Server supports expanded number of processors and memory with scalability, applications can be moved between Clouds with ease, while the user remains in complete control of the data, and the software resources being used.  If the user is planning on a hybrid Cloud, the Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V builds a secure connection to existing private Clouds and public Cloud services with a site-to-site functionality.

The IKEv2-IPsec industry standard protocol automatically re-routes storage, server and network failures reducing the amount of downtime that is experienced by the user.

Finally, the server can be configured to implement and enforce enterprise policies at the software and network level, and reduce management overheads.

The Cloud is now clearly approaching mainstream acceptance.