The information technology sector still varies on the definition of the “Cloud.” Where there are professionals who blur the outlines by referring to Cloud as anything in the network, or by congregating the service like managed hosting, there still has not been a consensus on its perfect definition. As per VP of AT&T Business Solutions, Steve Caniano, the era of Cloud had reigned supreme since the inception of the web hosting industry 12 years ago.
So, why the sudden buzz over the Cloud Computing Services? The financial model made it special. Promising agility, the businesses could now consume services on demand in a la carte fashion without any financial commitments made Cloud look lucrative. The Cloud offered efficiency and speed to market with little risk and low cost of entry.
Now crossing the Rubicon of sorts, Cloud Computing has been embraced by the majority of the IT sector. As per the Cloud Expo, New York, most attendees and vendors confirmed this. Couple of years ago, Hal Stern said that the consumers were asking why should they do Cloud rather than what is Cloud. This year the question is how the audience should use Cloud.
All big vendors have embraced Cloud fully. Both IBM and HP have gone forth to offer traditional PaaS developmental services as a part of their IaaS solution. To compete directly with Amazon, Microsoft has re-introduced Azure to work with the new vendors and expand beyond the PaaS roots. This would enable it to become an IaaS vendor. Larry Ellison of Oracle spoke of Cloud as the database monster now seeks to maintain its hold on hundreds and thousands of enterprise IT clients.
The Cloud Expo, New York, had quite a few sub-events other than its traditional Cloud Computing Boot Camp and the RightScale conference. Open Data Center Alliance hosted a day-long presentation with the commencement of DeployCon event. The presentation focused on the PaaS vendors who were competing in the struggle for supremacy in this key sector.
The word doing rounds at the Expo was “multi-Cloud.” The IT sector is complex and the Cloud cannot eliminate this complication especially with the larger enterprises. Nevertheless, Cloud would continue to push towards the development of decoupling and loosely re-coupling the services. This would eliminate silos, provide a grasp in measuring things and give the vaunted “single pane of glass.” All this would enable the IT management to view and compile what is going on.
One of great future prospects of Cloud was to provide the infinite elasticity and remove the day-to-day management chaos when transferring things offsite. A great future opportunity, the clients avoid Vendor Lock-in 2.0 and enabling work opportunities with multiple companies to get what is desired. What the companies need to learn is Cloud is not a buzz term, or a panacea to IT problems but a transformational change where innovation is the end game.
There is a sudden buzz in cloud computing services. Today, most major companies prefer building their organization on the Cloud, for its ability to facilitate the functioning of the organization. Cloud computing companies offer tailored solutions, which reduces costs and fosters innovation.