On the up: cloud adoption and cloud benefits

Rightscale’s recent State of the Cloud report has shown that as expected, cloud adoption is continuing to rise, year on year. The annual report includes findings based on responses from 930 technical professionals, which show a trend towards cloud being “a given” for SMEs and Enterprises, where the hybrid model reigns supreme.

Adopt, nurture — and reap the rewards

One of the most interesting findings in the report is that the benefits associated with cloud increase over time. So, although the advantages of adopting cloud computing are tangible from the beginning (scalability, faster provision of resources, high availability and faster time to market reported as the most important) the depth and impact of these benefits grow with maturity. Presumably, this is a function of how cloud beds into a business with teams learning to use the technology more effectively, and also the way in which cloud technology itself is evolving.

Adopt, nurture — and feel the fear fade

Conversely, the challenges that cloud presents are reported as becoming less apparent as the dust settles after cloud adoption. Again, it seems fair to assume that this might be in part due to the acclimatisation of a business and its people to the reality of cloud. The most common concerns remain the same — those centred around perceptions of security, staff expertise and compliance — but they have been shown to have less of an impact as time goes on.

IT and business agility in action

With scalability and fast provision of resources coming in as the main benefits of cloud adoption, it’s really interesting to see some figures that show how this is actually happening in the businesses that contributed to the report. Of those businesses that offer a self-service cloud portal, 80% can provision resources in less than an hour — 40% up on the same time last year.

See the benefits for yourself

What difference would it make to your business if you could get the resources that you needed within an hour so that you could scale on demand, get things done without delay, react to your customer’s demands? Help yourself to a free two week cloud data centre trial, and with full support from our team, you’ll be able to make an informed decision as to whether cloud is right for you business.

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A look forward, a look back — why *are* businesses using cloud?

Well, January is coming to an end. So no doubt we’ve all had our fill of technology and business predictions for 2015…

I could, for example, state the statistic that cloud spending is expected to increase from $156bn in 2014 to $183bn in 2015, or that by the end of 2017 half of large enterprises will be using hybrid clouds. They’re impressive figures and show what is for us at least (as a cloud service provider!) an encouraging trend.

And? So what?

But do they really mean anything to you as a potential user of cloud infrastructure? What relevance do these uptake statistics have to you, your business, and your decision about the way that you work with IT now and in the future? Unless you’re one to jump on the bandwagon simply because everyone else is (apparently) doing it, I doubt they carry much weight or significance.

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Public cloud computing by proxy?

David Linthicum’s observation (noted today in ZDNet) that private clouds are being used as “points-of-control or interfaces” into public clouds seems to validate a way of working that has been expected for quite some time.

The idea that private clouds can draw upon external (public) compute and storage resources as and when required, would appear to be one that sits well with the concept of the hybrid model of cloud computing. To the end user — in whatever form this might be — the outcome is the same: they get the resources they need in order to get along with what they’re doing.

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1st Easy cloud event: From water wheel to… cloud?

What’s a water wheel got to do with cloud? You might well ask — just how do we get from the historic cast iron water wheel outside our leafy Cheshire HQ all the way to cloud computing?

Where: Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

When: Wednesday 22nd January, 6pm

Come along to our talk (everyone is invited!) where 1st Easy co-founder and director Steve Bell will be revealing exactly what the link is. We’ll also be talking about how cloud can help modern businesses to reach their true potential, offering one-to-one demonstrations of cloud data centres, while you’ll also be able to network with other businesses over evening drinks and nibbles.

Hybrid cloud computing — the future of IT?

There’s been quite a bit of industry talk recently about the increasing adoption of cloud computing, with particular attention directed at the way in which organisations are making their move into cloud. Importantly, the talk is backed up with numbers.

One trend that has been identified and picked up by a number of commentators is the move towards a hybrid cloud model — a strategic split between on the one hand, hosting data and applications in a private (usually on-premise) environment, and on the other, procuring public cloud resources to look after other compute workloads.

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Are myths about the cloud holding you back from adoption?

In the fast-moving world of technology, cloud has been around for a long time — especially if we think about it in “Internet Years“. However, because it means different things to different people, the term itself is still open to interpretation, and certainly still suffers from the stigma associated with so much marketing hype.

And then of course, there are the myths that have lead to concerns over data security and resilience. The result is that many organisations are still hesitant to adopt cloud, despite the fact that the enterprise cloud has now reached a point where it is considered a legitimate and progressive IT and business model.

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4 IT headaches, and how cloud computing can help ease the pressure

IT budgets being swallowed up simply by Keeping The Lights On (KTLO), delays in deploying new hardware and the knock on effects for business development… IT teams these days have a lot to cope with when dealing with traditional physical infrastructures. Can cloud computing in the form of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) help?

This infographic from Andy Monshaw of IBM (via CloudTweaks) illustrates four of the big challenges that IT teams and their organisations are increasingly facing as IT continues to take a more central role in the day-to-day operations of the modern business.

The graphic reports that on average, around 70% of IT budgets are consumed by operations and maintenance. That leaves just under one third of IT expenditure for the important concern of strategy and innovation (far from an ideal balance as previously noted) and an inefficient use highly skilled IT staff.

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Power-up with hybrid cloud

If you’re already using a virtualised local IT infrastructure, then we don’t need to convince you of the advantages of private cloud.

No doubt you’re already benefiting from the simplified management that comes from being able to control all of your computing resources from a single point. You may even have had a pat on the back from the people in charge of the purse strings, who have seen the reduced capital costs that have been possible through server consolidation and being able to squeeze the most out of the hardware you already have. Not to mention the improved experience of your users and customers that comes from the added resilience of a cloud environment.

What if you could power-up these advantages, and add even further benefits to your virtual infrastructure? By linking your private cloud with a trusted public cloud you can. Here lies the compelling case for hybrid cloud: it’s cloud as you know it, but this time it’s free of limiting factors.

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