Cloud computing has slowly but steadily become firmly integrated with almost any IT company who cares to use it. It is a strange new world that has everything on the internet. Today there are companies and there are cloud-computing companies.
Initially, cloud computing services were regarded as little more than some fad that provided interesting conversations over a coffee machine. It has become so much more. The multiple gains that companies have attained in productivity and profitability have been drivers for its use. Having everything on-the-go and being able to use the cloud for day-to-day operations has become an inevitable reality for many companies.
Some issues that are still faced in terms of security and privacy of data are being ironed out. We currently still do not know how and when cloud based companies will use the data in future. It is a relationship that is based on trust. But the line blurs when we get profits into the picture.
We have to remember that this is not a physical and tangible entity, so the issues that we will face will be more abstract. We will lose out on reliability but gain on convenience. The issues with it being 100% reliable cannot be addressed at this point of time. We have seen how downtimes with Google mail had closed down operations for almost 6 million people who were affected by it right in the middle of the work day. Nonetheless to their credit, these are anomalies in their performance. Attaining 6-sigma standard of perfection is something they must definitely dream about.
The growing competition between various cloud providers and the increasing bandwidths available to a growing number of people has set the base for the use of cloud computing. This industry is almost doubling in size every year.
For businesses, there are issues on the reorganization of existing business processes. We have so many “trends” that we forget about what to do with those that actually live through once the phase is over. There are many nay-sayers who believe that cloud computing has reached its peak and will move out of the system. As a trend, cloud computing has definitively peaked; but it is so widely used and integrated in so many current and future products that is entirely impossible that cloud computing is being driven by hype alone.
As it is, using these services saves companies all over the world almost $13 billion in server and power costs. We cannot begin to imagine what an impact a mass migration to cloud computing will do to the IT world. Either way, the cloud is becoming our backyard. Time to brace for impact.
So whats next for cloud computing? Stay tuned.