You may ask “Why do you need Cloud Computing?”, and you may be answered with another question “Why not?” The Cloud is just another kind of computing architecture. It just uses the Internet as the network and brings the power of virtualization to your doorstep. It shifts attention from the physical to the virtual; and accounting heads from CAPEX to OPEX. It simplifies disaster recovery and business continuity – this is at the heart of why organizations (be it big enterprises or small mom-and-dad businesses) are drawn to the Cloud.
The Cloud abstracts hardware to a remote location and takes the data offsite, even as it is generated. Disgruntled employees (as in the Frost and Sullivan case) will not be able to sprinkle the computing systems with Cillit Bang cleaning fluid – details are found here. The computing resource is just not physically present for sabotage! Extreme weather damage cannot paralyze the business and any number of planes crashing into any number of towers will not put the organization out of business if it has stored its resources in the Cloud and has the facility of anywhere, anytime bare metal recovery access.
High availability is the hall mark of the Cloud. Businesses with short recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives cannot afford to ignore the Cloud. The Cloud is built to support continuous operation and maintain high information availability. Mirroring, replication, and backups for backups are done to ensure that the service provider has the wherewithal to recover from disasters and ensure that their customers do not suffer due to outages at the service provider’s end. Failover servers are designed to kick start and take over services in the event the primary data center faces an outage.
Cloud computing has arrived and has created a paradigm shift. It must be given its dues. Successful businesses acknowledge this. They appreciate the connectedness of the modern markets and the competitiveness of those who are Cloud enabled and those who are not. The CIOs and IT managers weigh their options well before selecting the Cloud design or the Cloud vendor. They understand that there is no escaping the trend and work towards using the technology to service the needs of their organizations. A holistic, healthy approach to Cloud computing is recommended and even desirable. There can no longer be questions on the need for Cloud computing.