Does the Cloud work for everyone? Does everyone need to use the Cloud? Of course, there are a number of questions that beg answers. There is a lot of hype around the Cloud. If you remove the fluff, it is obvious that the Cloud is no longer an item in the list of ‘fashionables” or “possibles”. It is inevitable. If your business is growing, expanding or already online, you are going to need the Cloud. So, hold on to the idea that the Cloud is a “need” a “necessity”, and not a luxury to be indulged in when you can afford it. Forget the hype!
The simplicity of the Cloud is its attraction. Cloud accounts are easy to set up and use. Wizards and set up tools are used to make the task of setting up and using the Cloud account a breeze. Any complexity perceived in the Cloud is a result of the improper configuration of databases and applications by user organizations and individuals.
The Cloud works for everyone. Everyone, who has an Internet connection, has used the Cloud sometime. The concept is neither new nor complex. Children who play online games, individuals who share pictures with friends or access their email, businesses that use online office suites or databases, programmers who use hire space on remote servers for application development are all using the Cloud in myriad ways. The Cloud is very familiar.
Business and data growth creates Cloud adoption imperatives. Use of mobile phones, digital cameras and other devices of a similar kind have generated huge volumes of data that individuals and organizations would like to store and retrieve for a variety of purposes. Disaster recovery is almost automated. This creates Cloud imperatives and makes the Cloud inevitable.
The Cloud facilitates flexible capacity planning. It is scalable on demand and users can scale up or scale down storage space as the volume of data in their possession increases or decreases or workloads peak or wane. The Cloud is highly available. Data is replicated and mirrored on to multiple servers and failover systems are in place, so that users never feel any outages that may occur on the primary server. The Cloud is accessible from anywhere, anytime. Mobile users can access business accounts or individual accounts from wherever they are using a simple browser interface and modem. The inevitability is further underscored.
Finally, the Cloud is economical and hence inevitable. It drives down costs and increases the speed of delivery. Cloud solutions reduce the burden of IT Administration and staffing issues. Legacy models can be transformed, on demand services can be built up and service portfolios can be managed innovatively and agilely.