We are rapidly accelerating away from a world where computing was a scarce resource
Across-the-board, transformative change
The Cloud Computing Revolution has transformed how we conduct business and live our personal lives. If you use a smartphone, tablet or web browser you’re using the Cloud. If you watch Netflix and other streaming entertainment media, you’re using the Cloud. The same applies to Dropbox, the iCloud, and numerous other Internet-based technology services.
Bottom line: we are rapidly accelerating away from a world where computing was a scarce resource to one in which it’s superabundant and omnipresent. The Cloud is IT on steroids. While no one can predict where all this will lead in the longer term, it’s clear that businesses needs to adapt to and harness these changes to remain competitive.
Cloud computing takes three different forms: public, private and ‘hybrid.’
• The Public Cloud involves free or the ‘pay-as-you-go’ renting of server storage and software. Most of us first started using the public cloud provided by companies such as Microsoft, Google and Apple to store documents and photos remotely.
• The Private Cloud naturally followed when companies decided to provide employees with secure remote access to company files. The advantage: we can now work from any location 24/7. The disadvantage: we can now work from any location 24/7! Both large and midsized companies have rapidly established private clouds.
The fusion of private and public cloud capacity arrived more recently with the development of ‘hybrid clouds’ that conflate employee private software and storage functions with public services for customers, vendors and others.
The standard it business model is outmoded
With solid quality free alternatives now available on the Cloud, consumers no longer need to buy expensive software from IT monoliths like Microsoft and Adobe. In response to this far-reaching development, these and other big players have been compelled to offer lower-cost Cloud alternatives to their notoriously expensive software and service packages.
Cloud computing is the new IT department for small and medium sized businesses
Small and medium-sized businesses are now able to access comprehensive IT services for a low, pay-as-you-go cost. This means they are able to dedicate the bulk of their resources to innovation, big data analysis and implementing plans for business transformation/growth. Companies with long-standing IT staffs can shift from a firefighting maintenance mode to proactively responding to industry trends and individualizing customer service. Even the smallest company, given the right talent and a winning strategy, has the potential to build a global presence with exponential growth.
Breakthrough social benefits of Cloud computing
Cloud Computing’s capacity for pooling tremendous processing power has catalyzed innovations in the past few years previously not believed possible. These include real-time language translation self-driving cars and a myriad of devices that learn our behavior and then adjust themselves accordingly.
One case-in-point is SynapDx, with only 22 employees and a few laptops searches hundreds of thousands of genetic markers, researching autism in about 1,000 children across 20 states. Without the cloud, it wouldn’t be possible to fund a start-up like SynapDX,
“Without the cloud I’d need $1 million, plus staff, just for the computer,” according to Mark DePristo, a vice president of SynapDX. “Instead, we spend only $25,000 a month on computing, adding computer power when necessary”…