Growing maturity in the cloud computing market has transformed some of the questions regarding the technology.
Growing maturity in the cloud computing market has transformed some of the questions regarding the technology. For example, many organizations are no longer asking whether to adopt the cloud, but what processes and data to store there. This shift in thinking has enabled companies to better optimize their deployments by considering how cloud environments may affect different applications. In addition, considering individual use cases for third-party infrastructure allows IT leaders to more thoroughly evaluate the security and compliance ramifications of migrating specific data or software.
As Forbes contributor Josh Manchester recently noted, the large-scale adoption of cloud storage has allowed many enterprises to reap the rewards of platforms that are designed to store information more effectively. At the same time, the cloud’s scalability allows organizations to use only the IT resources they need instead of over provisioning on-premise hardware. However, these advantages come with a significant amount of complexity.
“As large enterprises continue to adopt cloud computing in all its forms, businesses will have to make critical decisions related to the security, storage, and virtualization of their software, proprietary information, and data,” Manchester wrote.
Particularly as the popularity of multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments grows, companies will not only need to consider which applications are best suited for the technology, but which provider can meet business needs. Manchester argued that this would lead to drastic shifts in the role of cloud computing in the enterprise and in the expectations placed on service providers.
An abundance of cloud applications
New York Times contributor Quentin Hardy recently reported on the struggle in many businesses to merge myriad software selections into a unified strategy. Organizations that continue to rely on legacy applications, for example, often experience difficulty integrating older solutions with new ones. This issue is further exacerbated with the cloud.
“There are fears that the old tech suppliers don’t understand the new way of doing things and may be unable to help their customers enjoy the benefits of new technology, while the new companies may not have staying power,” Hardy wrote. “And making sense of it all and controlling this upgrade process can be confounding.”
This has not stopped many companies from turning to cloud storage and hosting services. As Douglas Menefee of the Schumacher Group noted, the cloud affords more freedom to organizations. Whereas traditional applications are complex to upgrade and must be updated frequently, shifting this burden to a third-party provider allows companies to leverage the most recent features faster than they would otherwise be able to.
Hardy also highlighted the bring-your-own-device trend as a prominent factor pushing cloud-based software adoption forward. Because employees can connect to cloud storage environments rather than host applications on their own devices, they are not constrained by hardware limitations. While this does raise potential security concerns, it means that businesses can equip workers with a comprehensive set of tools to do their jobs more effectively.
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