Just a few years back, Cloud technology was more than a mystery and wasn’t easy enough for commercial and industrial practice. But as of today, the cloud has emerged to be widely accepted and acknowledged by analysts of the largest tech giants, companies i.e. Google, Microsoft, Amazon etc. As a major force Cloud is significantly altering the entire IT landscape, from how data centers are built, software’s are deployed, to how upgrades are handled, and beyond. Cloud is playing the vital role in IT these days in the business. Tens of thousands of companies of all sizes in a broad range of industries are utilizing cloud-based software, platforms, and even infrastructure to streamline processes, lower IT complexity, gain better visibility, and reduce enterprise maintenance costs. While the physical servers, computer hardware are eating the world and real spaces, the cloud is optimizing the enterprise physical resources providing cost-efficient virtual computation and storage services. With such pace of change in cloud technology, the entire industry is accelerating even more towards a smarter, well-optimized and efficient systems.
Now the question comes why would your business need cloud services after all?
Where in the past, people ran applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server based on a particular infrastructure, cloud computing is facilitating the same reducing the hardware needs while connecting through the web. Cloud is everywhere nowadays. Even while updating your Facebook status, you’re using cloud service. Checking your bank balance on your phone, you’re in the cloud again. With the increased penetration of mobile and tablet device usage, business is focused on the largest web users as well. In terms of remote office or doing shopping staying in bed, mobile access to enterprise solutions and online shopping apps,, made the life move smoother ahead. Organisations and online businesses are now empowered with cloud to serve the customers and maintain the employees remotely while connected via web. Larger business work wit the largest human and infrastructure resources. Cloud is the best-suite for such companies who are need of maintaining a large man-force, sales-force and enterprise data centres. This reduces the time, maximize the efficiency and optimize the maintenance cost in one go. Cloud can provide computational services, applications and platform to serve on. With cloud based enterprise solutions, employees can simply log into an application from any web-enabled device and perform their task anytime anywhere. Additionally to solve the small business challenges as in accessing internal database to fire off emails on the move or using a bunch of internal apps to help you manage your workload, chances are high that you need to rely on cloud computing rather than connecting with local servers. Monitoring the employees remotely is apparently easier as well. Hence, the cloud is now becoming the new normal to the enterprise business owners and employees. Forecast of 2017 says that more than 80% of global businesses will be using at least a type of cloud services. Now the key reasons why so many businesses are moving to the cloud is because cloud computing, since Cloud-
- Increases efficiency
- Helps improve cash flow and
- Offers more benefits than conventional server maintaining
5th Annual State of the Cloud Survey of RightScale
In January 2016, RightScale conducted its fifth annual State of the Cloud Survey of the latest cloud computing trends focusing on infrastructure-as-a-service. The overarching theme for 2017 is the hybrid cloud adoption, ramping both the cloud users and providers to mature. This was one of the largest survey performed on the use of cloud infrastructure focused on actual cloud buyers and users, as opposed to cloud vendors. The responses provide a comprehensive perspective on the state of the cloud today. The survey asked 1,060 IT professionals about their adoption of cloud infrastructure and related technologies where 42 percent of the respondents represented enterprises with more than 1,000 employees. Some highlighted key findings are-
Hybrid Cloud Adoption is Growing Significantly
- Private cloud adoption has increased from 63 percent to 77 percent while driving hybrid cloud adoption up from 58 percent to 71 percent year-over-year.
Security Is No Longer the Top Cloud Challenge
- Lack of resources/expertise is now the #1 cloud challenge (cited by 32 percent), supplanting security (cited by 29 percent).
- Cloud Users Leverage 6 Clouds on Average
- Cloud users are running applications in an average of 1.5 public clouds and 1.7 private clouds. They are experimenting with an additional 1.5 public clouds and 1.3 private clouds.
More Enterprise Workloads Shift to Cloud, Especially Private Cloud
- 17 percent of enterprises now have more than 1,000 VMs in public cloud, up from 13 percent in 2015.
- Private cloud showed even stronger growth with 31 percent of enterprises running more than 1,000 VMs, up from 22 percent in 2015.
DevOps Grows and Docker Spreads Like Wildfire, Especially in the Enterprise
- Overall DevOps adoption rises from 66 to 74 percent, with enterprises reaching 81 percent.
- Overall Docker adoption more than doubles to 27 percent vs. 13 percent in 2015 and another 35 percent have plans to use Docker.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Continues to Lead in Public Cloud Adoption
- Overall, AWS is used by 57 percent of respondents, flat from last year. Enterprise adoption of AWS grew from 50 percent to 56 percent while adoption by smaller businesses fell slightly from 61 percent to 58 percent.
Private Cloud Adoption Grows Across All Providers
- VMware vSphere continues to lead with strong year-over-year growth. 44 percent of all respondents report they use it as a private cloud.
- OpenStack and VMware vCloud Suite both show strong growth and remain tied at 19 percent adoption overall.
Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services or AWS is a subordinate company of Amazon.com which was founded in 2006. AWS provides cloud computing platform and offers a broad set of global cloud-based products including compute, storage, databases, analytics, networking, mobile, developer tools, management tools, IoT, security and enterprise applications depending on customer’s’ demand. These services help businesses and organizations move faster, help lower the IT costs and most importantly help businesses to scale up. AWS is trusted globally for its ability to take a wide variety of workloads including web and mobile applications, game development, data processing and warehousing, storage, archive, and many others. Since the previous few years, AWS is becoming popular among the largest enterprises and the hottest start-ups over the short course of time.
So, Why AWS?
AWS has been continuously leading the public cloud adoption since the last couple of years, with 57 percent increment of applications running in this cloud currently. With Amazon, the number of workloads in AWS increases and hence the revenue increases. Amazon cloud services for businesses is, therefore, growing faster for –
- Offering the lowest price for the cloud service as well as helping with the cost cutting
- Offering better options than any other services in the market
- Offering Reduced cap-ex
- Modernizing the legacy IT
- Reducing the Complexity
- Making the operation more independent
- Helping to avoid software licensing
- Helping to add new capabilities
- Initiating simple/fast implementation
- Helping with Predictable Pricing and much more.
From small to larger companies all over the world are using cloud-based solutions to maintain a consistent performance and organizational growth. However, as cloud services are continuously evolving, they will allow an ever-greater degree of communication and collaboration across organizations of all sizes. In practice, this will mean more systems will be able to operate seamlessly across multiple locations by providing local capabilities like multi-currency financial tools and multi-language interfaces, among many others.The future might be notoriously hard to predict, but future of cloud computing is quite certain that it will have a significant effect on business operations in the coming days.
As a leading software development and service provider in the country, Brain Station 23 accommodates a certified team of Cloud and Cyber Security specialists recognized by Amazon itself. The company is also a renowned Standard Partner under AWS Partner Network (APN), to provide AWS services and consultancy. So talk to our experts anytime to take your business to the Cloud and optimize your business with the right and highest resources possible.