IDC: the future is bright for cloud computing - written by AppsCare

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Analysts have predicted a growing trend towards moving IT from on-premise to off-premise, an increase in spending on cloud services and new cloud applications in 2013.

We are watching a migration taking place where on-premise computing is moving to off-premise computing. Matthew Oostveen, Head of Research - IDC

London: IDC head of research Matthew Oostveen said with cloud computing maturing this year; more organisations will start to move their IT infrastructure from on-premise to off-premise. "What is certain is we are watching a migration taking place where on-premise computing is moving to off-premise computing. It may start incrementally where we see an up take of co-location services, and obviously the co-locations services are being supported by the influx of new data centres in the market place”.

So, with these predictions in mind let’s have a look at some proven facts, not future predictions that are in fact pretty hard to argue with:

In a 2011 Avanade-commissioned study of C-level executives from 18 countries to learn how cloud computing is being used in the enterprise, it found:

  •     60% reported cloud computing as their highest IT priority
  •     74% are already using some form of cloud computing technology
  •     64% are investing in training new and current employees on their cloud expertise
  •     Worldwide IT spending on cloud computing has increased more than 25 percent from 2008-2012.

The above numbers are only a handful of facts on cloud computing adoption and yet they produce a compelling argument to convince those still in denial.

Overall, there are very real trends toward cloud platforms, and also toward massively scalable processing. Virtualization, service orientation and the Internet have converged to sponsor a phenomenon that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they'll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models. Services delivered through the cloud will foster an economy based on delivery and consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction management.

The landscape for technology professionals is changing; the landscape for computing and how technology is delivered is changing. So what is to be done? First of all, don’t sit around and wait for things to happen. Start developing a strategy that exploits cloud advantages for your organization. Determine what kind of cloud services you need solutions for, and meet with cloud providers to find the best long-term fit. If you are an IT professional, it would be advantageous to update your certifications to more cloud and security-friendly certifications.

AppsCare®, Google Enterprise Premier Partner (powered by Netpremacy Global Services) is a world leader in cloud services provisions, supporting over 2500 customers in 33 countries.
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