As security fears subside, cloud computing continues to grow, and by 2016 will become the bulk of new IT spend, according to research giant Gartner.
Gartner describes cloud computing as “a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered ‘as a service’ using Internet technologies.”
“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,” said Chris Howard, research vice president at Gartner.
“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,” he added.
“There is a flawed perception of cloud computing as one large phenomenon,” Howard continued. “Cloud computing is actually a spectrum of things complementing one another and building on a foundation of sharing. Inherent dualities in the cloud computing phenomenon are spawning divergent strategies for cloud computing success. The public cloud, hybrid clouds, and private clouds now dot the landscape of IT based solutions. Because of that, the basic issues have moved from ‘what is cloud’ to ‘how will cloud projects evolve’.”
Earlier this week, Data Center Knowledge published a piece debunking three unfounded cloud fears: shared cloud security, compliance or regulation-bound workloads in the cloud, and concerns over managing something one can’t see.
In all, cloud management has come a log way and many common fears stem from a lack of knowledge about cloud options. Still, no solution is perfect, and “there is no silver bullet for security,” as the author puts it.
As you consider how to move forward, Gartner provides guidance for choosing and managing cloud service providers here. As always, if something doesn’t make sense or if you need clarification, we’re at your service.
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