In the past few years, cloud computing has been sweeping through traditional IT like a storm, reaching previously unheard-of levels of growth and spurring billion dollar industries along the way. This full-grown phenomenon accounted for10.2 percent of the spending on external IT services in 2009 and is expected to surpass $13BN in 2014.
The cloud’s sheer size and scale mean it cannot be simply ignored, and the following series of 5 posts publish over the coming days will investigate where the cloud, its primary aspects, layers and trends stand for the enterprise:
Cloud Security in 2011: The Models and the Outlook
This article investigates the main security risks and issues the enterprise has to face in the cloud. It discusses the main cloud computing concerns companies are facing today by providing a deeper insight in the various elements involved, and details the industry’s direction in light of evolving consumer trends, industry influences and a number of other key factors.
The Cloud is Cost Effective, Depending how you Use it
This article discusses one of the greater benefits the cloud has to offer to the enterprise – cost efficiency. It discusses how and when the cloud does in fact offer companies significant IT cost cutting, and some of the considerations needed to be addressed in order to determine whether or not moving IT operations to the cloud infrastructure is actually advantageous.
Cloud Scalability from the Enterprise Perspective
This article provides a deep insight into yet another important aspect of cloud computing – scalability. It details how this property is becoming a bigger priority among engineering groups than the migration to the cloud itself, and scalability’s potential of providing a company business edge over the competition.
Why Cloud Reliability should become a Service
This article provides a comprehensive perspective on the cloud’s reliability, encompassing sub-areas including data protection, privacy and so on. The article also investigates industry trends, and the measures needed to be implemented in order to minimize the risk involved with cloud infrastructure and 3rd party providers, which is often lower than in storing company traditional infrastructure.
Where the as-a-Service Model Stands for the Enterprise
This article takes a look into the as-a-service model, which became an industry of its own within the cloud. The piece covers IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, and details the various elements and benefit involving each, as well as trends which have a very significant impact on business in the cloud.