Thursday, December 03, 2015

The direction of computing is only going in one way: to the cloud

The direction of computing is only going in one way: to the cloud.  Rupert Goodwins. Ars Technica. Nov 14, 2015.
     "The cloud is well on its way to becoming the standard model for IT." The cloud has changed the economics and usability of providing and using services, including the many mobile applications and services.

The most common cloud model is a mix of public cloud and private infrastructure: for convenience called the hybrid cloud. "The increasing use of hybrid cloud tech is a reflection of the economic drivers that pull more and more IT, corporate and consumer, towards the public cloud. The most fundamental driver is good old economy of scale." Because of the scale, "companies save three to four dollars on internal IT for every dollar they spend on shifting infrastructure and services to cloud."

New cloud providers may find it difficult to compete since companies such as Amazon and Google had such a head start: the "biggest challenges have been access to scalable software to build public and private clouds and networking technologies to connect them."
Even so, there have been and still are some big problems with cloud computing, reliability, the safety of your data, and security. "Cloud adoption is highly susceptible to perceptions of trust."  But the direction of computing is going towards the cloud. New opportunities are opening up and the constraints of pre-cloud computing are fading away."


Anonymous said...

I love your blog, but keep in mind this Ars Technica article is essentially a paid advertisement by Hewlett Packard. Of course they think computing is only going one way - to further their profits.

Chris Erickson said...

Glad you like the blog. Seems like most sites now are supported by ads, but that doesn't mean that they are just a paid advertisement. This has some interesting points that are beyond just an ad.