It seems to me that this 2013 is the year Cloud becomes “When” not “if”.
Recent meetings with companies evaluating options have given me the impression that we are in the inflection point of Cloud adoption in many fronts.
- Infrastructure co-located and moved to third-party data centers
- Private Cloud creation with extensive application virtualization
- Software developers going to market from the Cloud instead of traditional ways
- Start-ups adopting Cloud from the get go
- Small Businesses simplifying IT by using Software as a Service
- many other innovative ways…
All is coming together on this way of computing, from the evolution of powerful servers in the data center to the change of personal devices along with the connectivity enhancements.
The conversation is no longer part of the IT industry exclusively. People is talking about backing up family pictures in the Cloud. Creating custom items on Cloud applications that they order after, or not accepting other way to use some applications than online from their tablets or laptops.
Financing IT has shifted more to operational expense, specially on times of uncertainty when “cutting costs” planing (just in case) is a security measure.
So the buzz has finally created the momentum… services to support healthy IT, considerations on which platforms to use, or which virtualization engines, along with a decision on how to deliver IT to satisfied users will reign this 2013
Looking forward to the challenge!