Examining Cloud Adoption Trends

The ongoing management of patch updates, service pack updates, hardware failure risk and scaling challenges can disappear or decrease substantially when leveraging a Cloud Service Solution. To describe what a ‘cloud’ solution is, three key components to the cloud model architecture need to be examined.

Although the industries definition of cloud computing has evolved over the years, there is a tremendous amount of options to explore when it comes to cloud computing. Similar to the eCommerce boom in the late 90’s, cloud computing can be considered the most likely candidate to be labeled as the next IT revolution. This is because cloud computing is an entirely new sector of IT, a division with unlimited possibilities available to be built upon.

Cloud computing primarily encompasses three fields of service offerings:

  1. Software as a Service
    A model of software deployment whereby a provider licenses an application to customers for use as a service on demand.
  2. Platform as a Service
    Generates all facilities required to support the complete cycle of construction and delivery of web-based applications wholly available via the Internet without the need of downloading software or special installations by developers.
  3. Infrastructure as a Service
    Provides informatics resources, such as servers, connections, storage and other necessary tools to construct an application design prepared to meet different needs of multiple organizations, making it quick, easy and economically viable.

All three offerings are presented as shared services delivered via the Internet, while the Infrastructure-as-a-Service concept’s primed to reorganize IT sectors of businesses.

Traditionally, Nubifer identifies three different fashions of classifying infrastructure services:

1.     Which IT service is being most heavily affected

·      Employee facing IT infrastructure (internal officing, email, etc.)

·      Client facing services and applications

2.     Organizational reason for outsourcing

·      Reduce IT expenditures

·      Increased need for interoperability and scalability

3.     Types of cloud offerings

·      Public Cloud (shared services)

·      Private Cloud (exclusive and customizable)

·      Hybrid cloud (most popular)

These three infrastructure services are not mutually exclusive of each other. Rather, every time an Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering is leveraged, it would be a combination of any or all of these.

For example, a large financial institution may employ a cloud  solution utilizing an IaaS approach  in order to maintain its email domains, employee work stations, databases, officing applications, etc. The organizational goal would be to reduce costs while not losing functionality, and may potentially lead decision makers to the conclusion that a public cloud offering is optimally suited to meet their internal IT requirements.

The optimally suited combinations of IaaS solutions would be dependent on the industry and the business, so one way of identifying motivations for adoption is to separate industries and examine the scenarios independently of one another. The benefits derived from the adoption of an IaaS solution are numerous, and listed below are a few sectors that traditionally have a significant employee workforce, large customer base and a heavy reliance on automated IT processes where cloud solutions may solve a great number of technology issues:

·      Finance

o   Better, faster and innovative value added services through a professionally managed Cloud Infrastructure lead to a more intuitive customer experience

o   Reduce costs by outsourcing the management of your burdensome data-centers which store employee and customer databases and servers.

o   Achieve greater operational efficiency through the standardized hosting of applications in the cloud.

·      Retail

o   Maximize supply chain efficiency by leveraging public data-centers. This creates the opportunity to focus on innovation and not logistics.

·      IT

o   In order to focus on your core business models you need to outsource your tedious Infrastructure management and maintenance duties to cloud vendors.

At Nubifer, our Programs and Services are about creating and offering choices in the way you choose to configure and architect your cloud-based software tools and technologies. Learn more about the Nubifer Mission, technology tools and consultancy support which help grow and maintain your enterprise. We hope this article was informative and insightful, please contact a Nubifer representative today if you have any question regarding leading Cloud Computing solutions.

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