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Monday, 3 April 2017
To whom is Cloud for?
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To whom is Cloud for? An episode of the former CBS’s “The Good Wife” series captured the usual misperception about Cloud computing. “Do me a favor,” the character played by Julianna Margulies tells her son. “I need all my company contacts saved from my company cloud to my Cloud. Is it possible?” Her son replies, “Mom, you have no idea what any of those words mean, do you?”

She’s not alone. A survey commissioned by Citrix in 2012 found that most American adults didn’t understand what “Cloud computing” meant, with 51% percent believing that stormy weather could interfere with it and 54% saying they never used it — even though 95 percent actually did.

Cloud-computing powers online banking and shopping, e-mail programs such as Gmail, social networks, music storage, and digital libraries such as Netflix. It’s also what supports our workplaces. The annual North Bridge Future of Cloud Computing Survey found that 75 percent of companies were using Cloud services in 2013.

The basic theory is that data and applications stored remotely can be delivered over the Internet, turning computing into a utility like electricity and water. Cloud is just a metaphor; nothing actually happens in the sky. For individuals, it means we can use our computers, phones or tablets to access our information wherever we are. For businesses, it means they can access computing resources on a scale once available only to companies with enormous amounts of money and technology know-how. The Cloud can help them get by without hiring lots of “geeks”.

The Cloud concept is not new. Even if it has become a buzzword in popular culture in the past few years, neither the concept nor the technologies underpinning it are all that new. The idea that computing should be organized like a public utility goes as far back as 1961 when computer scientist John McCarthy talked about it at MIT’s centennial celebration. It wasn’t until the Internet matured, however, that the vision became reality.

What changed more recently is the level of Cloud investment. The research firm Gartner predicts that companies will spend $788 billion on public Cloud services from 2013 to 2017 and the McKinsey consulting firm forecasts that Cloud technology could have an economic impact of $1.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion a year by 2025.

In the future, we can expect more businesses to join the Cloud. Are you ready yet? If so, CONTACT US!

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