Who’s Afraid of the Cloud?

Who’s Afraid of the Cloud?

In a previous article, A Brave New Cloud Computing World: How do You Transition From Traditional IT to Cloud Computing? I have started to discuss how the cloud has a massive impact on the IT infrastructure industry and services. Of course, the shift towards computing as a service means great changes for the industry and the professionals working within it, and especially for the enterprise IT infrastructure sector.

Recently, I have been reading a very interesting piece of research from the Info-Tech Research Group called “Is the Cloud the End of Infrastructure?” and the title got me thinking. If we are to reach that point where all computing services are delivered as a service via the Internet directly to end users, does this mean the end of the road for enterprise IT: hardware (except the devices used to access the services), software, IT professionals?

Let us look at some numbers in the research. When asked about how they see the role of cloud computing in IT in three to five years, very few IT decision makers, under 5%, envision everything completely cloud based. Most of them, around two-thirds, believe the future will more of a hybrid model, with selected applications and processes hosted in the cloud and others continuing to run on internal IT infrastructure. Which would translate to this not happening overnight but it also means it is time for infrastructure IT professionals to look at these new directions and start becoming more business oriented.

For enterprises this is what the cloud is all about. Cloud computing comes with a value proposition, fast, efficient and cost effective access to services. It’s not about competing technologies or platforms, but a new model, more business oriented, providing access to what a company needs, when and how is needed, and without upfront or extra costs.

Infrastructure professionals will need to embrace the cloud model and adapt. It is more important than ever to be proactive and find ways for how the cloud can help your business. Building a private internal cloud may be a better alternative for your company, or combining public and private services, but it is important to consider alternatives from a business point of view and help implement them.

Going forward, the role of enterprise infrastructure professionals will become more complex. Yes, a company may need fewer people to manage the IT infrastructure, but those people will need to manage systems with internal and external components and also more and more complex networks and relationships with suppliers and partners. So, in my opinion it really is not the end, but only a new beginning.

By Rick Blaisdell

About CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading authorities in connected technology information and services.

We embrace and instill thought leadership insights, relevant and timely news related stories, unbiased benchmark reporting as well as offer green/cleantech learning and consultive services around the world.

Our vision is to create awareness and to help find innovative ways to connect our planet in a positive eco-friendly manner.

In the meantime, you may connect with CloudTweaks by following and sharing our resources.

View All Articles

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Cloud Architecture These days, Multi-Tier Applications are the norm. From SharePoint’s front-end/back-end configuration, to LAMP-based websites using multiple servers to handle different functions, a multitude of apps require public and private-facing components to work in tandem. Placing these apps in entirely public-facing platforms and networks simplifies the process, but at the cost of security vulnerabilities. Locating everything…

The Importance of Cloud Backups: Guarding Your Data Against Hackers

The Importance of Cloud Backups: Guarding Your Data Against Hackers

The Importance of Cloud Backups Cloud platforms have become a necessary part of modern business with the benefits far outweighing the risks. However, the risks are real and account for billions of dollars in losses across the globe per year. If you’ve been hacked, you’re not alone. Here are some other companies in the past…

5% Of Companies Have Embraced The Digital Innovation Fostered By Cloud Computing

5% Of Companies Have Embraced The Digital Innovation Fostered By Cloud Computing

Embracing The Cloud We love the stories of big complacent industry leaders having their positions sledge hammered by nimble cloud-based competitors. Saleforce.com chews up Oracle’s CRM business. Airbnb has a bigger market cap than Marriott. Amazon crushes Walmart (and pretty much every other retailer). We say: “How could they have not seen this coming?” But, more…

How To Humanize Your Data (And Why You Need To)

How To Humanize Your Data (And Why You Need To)

How To Humanize Your Data The modern enterprise is digital. It relies on accurate and timely data to support the information and process needs of its workforce and its customers. However, data suffers from a likability crisis. It’s as essential to us as oxygen, but because we don’t see it, we take it for granted.…

Technology Influencer in Chief: 5 Steps to Success for Today’s CMOs

Technology Influencer in Chief: 5 Steps to Success for Today’s CMOs

Success for Today’s CMOs Being a CMO is an exhilarating experience – it’s a lot like running a triathlon and then following it with a base jump. Not only do you play an active role in building a company and brand, but the decisions you make have direct impact on the company’s business outcomes for…

Despite Record Breaches, Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority

Despite Record Breaches, Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority

Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority Research has revealed that third parties cause 63 percent of all data breaches. From HVAC contractors, to IT consultants, to supply chain analysts and beyond, the threats posed by third parties are real and growing. Deloitte, in its Global Survey 2016 of third party risk, reported…

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises: It’s About More Than Just Dollars

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises: It’s About More Than Just Dollars

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises The surface costs might give you pause, but the cost of diminishing your differentiators is far greater. Will a shift to the cloud save you money? Potential savings are historically the main business driver cited when companies move to the cloud, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a cost-saving exercise. There…

Four Recurring Revenue Imperatives

Four Recurring Revenue Imperatives

Revenue Imperatives “Follow the money” is always a good piece of advice, but in today’s recurring revenue-driven market, “follow the customer” may be more powerful. Two recurring revenue imperatives highlight the importance of responding to, and cherishing customer interactions. Technology and competitive advantage influence the final two. If you’re part of the movement towards recurring…