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3 considerations for cloud computing

Nov. 11, 2015 ⋅ Categories: Cloud, Virtualization

As a testament to its visible popularity, cloud computing was recently ranked among Global Telecoms Trends for 2016. The annual market report explained how cloud computing has rapidly grown for the IT sector, and that more enterprises, governments and consumers have adopted the service for large scale data processing and storage. Global Telecoms predicts that 2016 will see cloud computing’s mainstream popularity increase even further, becoming a part of every larger enterprise in developed markets. If your enterprise has hesitated to adapt to the cloud, here are some reasons to consider the pervasive computing service:

  1. Hybrids. One important aspect of cloud computing is to note the two different kinds: public and private. If having to choose between the two for your cloud environment seems daunting, follow the lead of the many other enterprises who are now choosing hybrid clouds. While hybrid cloud environments vary in details, they typically combine the different aspects of private and public cloud service and operate as a marriage between the two. When it comes to hybrid clouds, it’s important to note the benefits and risks. Hybrid clouds are known for their flexibility and scalability, and what’s working most in favor for them is that they allow enterprises to maintain control of IT environments while using the public cloud to take over non-mission-critical workloads or when the environment needs more resources, otherwise known as “cloud bursting.” Hybrid clouds do pose some unique security risks and are complex to deploy, though these setbacks are gradually improving.
  2. Cost savings. According to a survey by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, 20 percent of state governments are now using cloud computing, which jumped from six percent last year. The reason more governments are turning to cloud services is because of their cost-effectiveness, with states saving anywhere from 25 to 50 percent on IT resources. GCN.com reported that government agencies benefit from cloud computing to innovate public services that might otherwise suffer from smaller budgets and fewer resources. Delaware was one of the first states to adopt cloud solutions and saved $5 million in the first year it was up and running.
  3. Internet of Things. In 2013, Gartner Inc. predicted that cloud computing would be the bulk of IT spending in 2016 and public cloud spending would amount to $250 million by 2017 – predictions that are shaping up to be true . In October, Gartner identified its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016 and the Internet of Things ranked among them or opening opportunities for consumers and enterprises alike and its relationship with cloud computing. Because of its vastness of resources, cloud services are intrinsic to the IoT. According to Cloudwards, the ubiquitous relationship between the IoT and clouds has presented endless opportunities for application developers.

If you’re looking for a computing system that can help adapt your enterprise to the age of cloud computing, contact PSSC Labs today. We can work with you to design a system that fits the unique needs of your organization.

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