Friday, November 4, 2011

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, Nov 04, 2011

By now, it’s no secret that cloud computing will change the IT landscape immeasurably in the next 10 years. Much of the discussion to date has been somewhat narrow, focusing on cost-savings to the enterprise and the public versus private cloud debate. When viewed from a global perspective, however, the potential of cloud computing is far beyond server consolidation and virtualization. Cloud computing fundamentally shifts the benefits of the Open Source movement, fueling innovation from new sectors, and impacting our culture at large in ways that parallel how we have seen Twitter and Facebook up-end the status quo. Now imagine these changes in the context of the billions of citizens joining the digital economy in India, China or the Next-11.

Effect of Cloud Globally

Read more to find out how Cloud Computing Can Boost Developing Nations.

How do you transition from Traditional IT to Cloud Computing?

Here are a few ideas:
  • Consult on the opportunity to move to the cloud versus in-house IT; 
  • Consult in helping to figure out what is needed for the company to move to the cloud; 
  • Consult on choosing the best cloud provider based on the company’s specific needs; 
  • Assist integration with existing systems; 
  • Help other company members adapt to the new technology; 
  • Troubleshoot the remaining IT infrastructure that can’t yet be moved to the cloud; 
  • Show the plan after the cloud transition is complete — and show where you bring in value once the company is operating more efficiently and saving money! 
Cloud computing platforms ‘are a huge advantage’

Businesses have been advised to take advantage of cloud computing platforms and applications wherever possible. Phil Wainewright, vice-chairman at Eurocloud, explained there are numerous ways to use the technology in order to drive down expenditure. "It's not just managed hosting, you're getting a complete application that is a complete service in the cloud," Mr Wainewright stated.

Gartner Symposium: IT Solution Providers Take on the Cloud

The omens all pointed upward at this year’s Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2011: Attendance was up by about 1,000, the vendor headcount increased by almost 100, and everywhere solution providers and consulting firms and vendors espoused the opportunities new technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing were transforming into signed contracts. In fact, 85 percent of attendees surveyed at random by Appiro said cloud computing will dramatically change the way IT works over the next five to 10 years. Thirty percent said they already have more than five applications in the cloud, while only 13 percent said they have no cloud-based applications, according to Appiro’s poll.

Cloud computing investment accelerates

Leading global banks and other members of the Open Data Center Alliance, a group of more than 300 companies representing over $100bn in annual IT spending, are adopting cloud computing much faster than previously thought. Members of the Alliance will triple their cloud deployment in the next two years according to a report published by the organization on Thursday. This adoption rate is five times faster than broad market forecasts for the $90bn cloud computing market and reflects growing confidence in the delivery of cloud services based on industry standards.

We hope these short sum-ups on cloud computing will help you to take a more knowledgeable approach towards moving to the cloud. Stay tuned for more sum-ups on in the forthcoming weeks.

Don’t forget to add your comments and suggestions. I will have more around the cloud a week later.

Santanu Das
Marketing Evangelist, WOLF Frameworks

NOTE: The views expressed above are purely personal and for informational purposes only. WOLF FRAMEWORKS INDIA PVT. LTD. MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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