Trends & Opportunity
Nasdaq reported that last year revenues for cloud services grew by 60%
Security (36%), cloud computing (31%) and mobile devices (28%) are the top 3 initiatives IT executives are planning to have their organizations focus on over the next 12 months.
According to Gartner, “The use of cloud computing is growing, and by 2016 this growth will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend…”
By 2016, over 80% of enterprises globally will be using IaaS, with investments in private cloud computing showing the greater growth.
Spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms is expected to grow at a 30% CAGR from 2013 through 2018 compared with 5% growth for the overall enterprise IT.
According to The 451 Group, the market for the Desktop Virtualization Ecosystem Market is estimated at US$5.6 billion by 2016.
Change in Business Strategy
The Cloud provides a NEW way to operate a business
Think about the way that the cloud impacts a business from the bottom-up:
- Changes in everyday business collaboration. With the cloud, teams can work together from anywhere in the world, and have live, real-time updates and conversations
- Managers can more easily communicate and track progress with employees via cloud-based platforms like CRMs, ERPs, POS, etc.
- IT departments are better able to manage users with cloud-based software, infrastructure, applications, etc. all in one central location. They no longer need to visit every single desktop when a new update is needed
- Executive teams can make better decisions because they have real-time information and can see actual operations happening
- Advanced system automation in the cloud = efficiency
- Organizations can Make Decisions Based on Actual Need, Not Estimates
- One of the biggest values of the cloud is that it is scalable – that means that organizations don’t need to guess on the amount of resources they need in order to buy up-front. In the future, businesses won’t be able to make decisions WITHOUT the cloud.
The Future of IT
Complete Cloud Management
- Businesses will no longer even need to worry about management of their cloud solutions. Providers like RapidScale offer a business the opportunity to revitalize their IT departments to no longer be break-fixers, but to be innovative and profit-driven departments.
One of the biggest, and frankly, most critical, needs in the coming years will be the in-cloud security space. Business operations are already moving at an increasing speed to cloud infrastructure and the need for exceptional security will increase tenfold.
- Security(36%), cloud computing (31%) and mobile devices (28%) are the top 3 initiatives IT executives are planning to have their organizations focus on over the next 12 months.
The Cloud is the Driver for the Internet of Things (IoT)
Complete and Total Connection
Aside from the personal connection of everything from garage doors to sprinkler systems and car operations, the Internet of Things will completely drive business operations. Connectivity across business operations will include:
- Machine-to-Machine solutions
- Open source platforms
- Device connectivity
- Operations streamlined platforms
- Product Development
- Supply Chains
- Large Data Analysis
The Cloud is the Base for Big Data
Thanks to the connectivity that the cloud provides, big data and analytics will become a driver for real-time business decisions and tracking.
- Data is moving from batch to real-time, which allows for in-the-moment predictions and business decisions
- Industries this affects:
- Healthcare and Hospitals
- Manufacturing and Factories
- Ecological Organizations
- Public Transportation
- Information Technology
- The cloud allows these organizations to process and host this data in a scalable, flexible manner
The Decision-Making Executives
The IT Manager
- The cloud does remove physical infrastructure from an on-site solution to a virtual one. However that only opens an IT Manager’s schedule to work on more business progressive tasks and projects.
- More specifically, the IT department will be able to switch gears. Instead of focusing on the constant tasks of updating software and licenses, dealing with security breaches, and maintaining equipment, they can turn their focus to innovation and business improvement.
The Financial Side
- Many CFOs are sick of the constant costs of licenses, annual maintenance and upgrades. And when you move to a pay-as-you-go model, your business can turn huge upfront CapEx into affordable OpEx
- This preserves your budget while allowing you to get what you need, when you need it. A business can receive upgrades automatically and avoid the fuss of maintenance and management
- With pay-as-you-go costs, the CFO can experience increased budget flexibility and work with the CIO to ensure successful migration.
- With the cloud, CIOs are able to access and use valuable business insights, thanks to advanced analytic capabilities.
- Organizations can truly utilize data for business strategy and reporting. You can better manage your own growing data while accessing new sources of data to gain amazing insight. With these insights, businesses can meet their goals, develop strategies and grow significantly.
Cloud Sales = $$$$
New-Age Speed and Reliability
The cloud will allow businesses to no longer operate with aged data and equipment. With the ever-expanding technology that our generation has, a business needs to have the most up-to-date infrastructure and resources at the tips of their fingers, otherwise competition will gain ground and beat them out.
With the cloud businesses can get:
- Access to real-time data and business applications globally at a cost effective price point
- Lower cost connectivity and business applications when bundled
- Advanced automation and analytics at a cost-effective price point
- Consumption model for applications and compute leads to saving money (market trends)
- A transition for business operations from CapEx infrastructure that becomes obsolete in a few years, to consistently refreshed and state-of-the art infrastructure for an OpEx price, like with IaaS (CloudServer)
The RapidScale Solutions
- Big Data
- CapEx to OpEx Infrastructure
- Data and Mission-Critical Application Security
- Real-Time Access to Information
- BYOD and data handling
- Security from disasters and data loss
- Backup for applications and data
- Door opener
- Most outsourced app today
Security as a Service
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