In the last few years, we have seen an explosive growth in the use of the public cloud. While most of the initial adoption was seen by startups and smaller organizations, most of the new growth will come from larger organizations adopting the public cloud.
Now you might ask what’s causing cloud adoption at such a fierce rate. There are 3 fundamentals business drivers at play here:
SPEED: Within minutes instead of days/weeks to procure & provision servers, the pace of innovation has dramatically increased. Reduced ‘time to develop’ & ‘time to market’ means your IT can be much more agile in servicing needs of the business units or developers. Embrace & Enable Innovation. Help your business move forward against the competition. In fact, it is the speed and agility that IT hasn’t been able to provide has resulted in what many call “Shadow IT” where business units are resorting to using credit cards to procure computing resources outside of the purview of the IT.
SCALE: Cloud gives you an almost infinite set of computing resources. Your applications will enjoy massive global scale, and can easily scale up or down depending on the demand. That means, you never have to worry about running out of capacity or worry about over-provisioning. You use just enough resources for your needs – nothing more, nothing less.
ECONOMICS: And of course, you’re paying only for what you use in the Cloud. This in itself saves you money for any app that has variable computing needs. For some organizations, there is also an additional benefit of changing CapEX to OpEX, which frees up capital from infrastructure investments so it can be put to other uses.