Cloud computing has reached the tipping point for mass consumption. It’s no longer an early adopter’s game – in fact, it has passed the adoption cycle and it’s actually too late for migrating businesses to say, “We were there first!” This year alone, 25% of total IT budgets will be allocated to cloud computing. (IDG) Businesses that are just now moving to the cloud are doing so because they’ve realized it’s the new normal. It’s the direction that business technology is heading.
Of course, the cloud isn’t perfect or at its peak point. But it is beyond the point of huge mistakes and most barriers have been addressed. For example, the biggest fear still revolves around cloud security, at 65% (IDG), but this fear is less and less relevant and is probably one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding the technology. And oddly enough, despite this fear, cloud security is also now one of the biggest drivers of cloud adoption, with 94% of businesses reporting that they saw an improvement in security after switching to the cloud. (Microsoft) Why? Because the industry has listened and responded to what businesses want and need! Providers have made significant progress in security and it’s no longer a massive roadblock. Cloud providers are in it for the long term, building solutions with necessary security and compliance measures already in place for businesses. Reliable providers are earning customer trust, and customers are ready to make the move.
Cloud computing is a technology that is promoting innovative business environments, as experimentation costs less and employees can suddenly release their creative ideas. It’s a technology that provides businesses with high performance computing solutions for affordable prices. Cloud presents businesses with opportunities to grow without limits. It brings easy collaboration and data access into the workplace. This isn’t hype. It’s fact.
Today, organizations have realistic expectations and see realistic outcomes with cloud computing. It’s not a scary, new, or unproven. It’s less about jargon and buzzwords than it is about the technology itself and how it’s enabling business transformation. Cloud and technology decisions are based on numbers and facts rather than on hype. Adoption isn’t about being first. It’s about being ready and successful with the cloud move.
The fact of the matter is that cloud computing is the platform for future business success and innovation. Providers like RapidScale are helping businesses go to market faster and increase their profitability without spending more. It’s easier and more cost effective to launch new products or services in a cloud environment. Cloud computing has already revolutionized how businesses can access computing power and resources, and it will only continue to grow.
Here’s what you can expect from cloud computing this year!