As recently as early 2010 it was not uncommon to see headlines of this nature – questioning the viability or value of Cloud Computing. Today, a few short years later (March 2012) as stated in this Wired Magazine article, Enough Already! Cloud Computing Is Here to Stay
The article goes on to list 10 statistical facts that clearly illustrate Cloud Computing is no fad. Click the article title to view all 10 facts, below I highlight what I think are a Top 3
- 90 percent of Microsoft’s 2011 R&D budget was spent on cloud computing strategy and products.
- 48 percent of U.S. government agencies moved at least one workflow to the cloud following the new requirement that federal agencies adopt a “cloud-first” policy.
- Cloud providers have increased personnel from nil in 2007 to over 550,000 in 2010.
The above stats illustrate that “denial” of Cloud Computing is not really possible by even its most entrenched opponents. Yet as a individual that has been promoting the value and benfits of the cloud since 2006, I think the article overlooks some of the most obvious facts that illustrate the omnipresence of cloud computing. And the fact it is now a fundamental architecture and method that will be used for giving mass access to software technology.
- Think for a minute – what product/service do you hear about over and over again these days because it has amassed 850 Million Users? Answer: Facebook, an offering that could not even exist without Cloud Computing.
- Ask yourself – what two companies together did more to alter consumer commerce in the late 1990’s than any other? Answer: Amazon.com (1995) / eBay (1995) – Cloud Computing was the fundamental enabling force for these companies to come into existence.
- And what about the company that basically re-wrote the music/entertainment commerce industry? Answer: Apple iTunes (2003), now almost a decade old has evolved to inlcude all the Apple Apps – and also could not exist without the use of Cloud Computing.
To me the real question to ask is: Why should the value, spoils and benefits of Cloud Computing be the exclusive property of the giants of industry? Answer: it doesn’t have to be, and that is why it’s future is now a foregone conclusion.
In 1928 “a chicken in every pot” was the famous campaign slogan of President Herbet Hoover. About 1977 “a computer on every desk and every home”, was identified as the vision of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. It was late 2006 that Google announced it’s idea to commercialize part of it’s cloud offerings (today known as Google Apps For Business). Now, some 35 years since Bill’s stated vision, Google has given life to the vision of ” a cloud of apps available on every IP device” (Desktop PC, laptop PC, tablet, iPhone, iPad, Android-phone etc.). And Google is one of the top 3 Cloud Computing Vendors (see Amazon is No. 1. Who’s next in cloud computing?)
Computing technology always has been complex and continues to become more complex. Business of every size is finding it harder and harder to maintain their own internal systems and afford the cost of qualified IT staff to keep everything running. Conversely the economy of scale that can be created by combining huge data centers and the inherent global reach of the Internet has allowed Cloud computing to change the “ownership paradigm” of computing capacity.
At a time when one person may own 4 computing devices (desktop PC, laptop PC, Smart phone and a Tablet/Pad) it becomes an expensive nightmare of time and effort to keep one’s software current and data equally available. Moving to “subscription based” use of applications and storage available from a central data center versus trying to have “on premise control of everything” becomes far more advantageous, and that is what the cloud is very good at providing.