Looking at cloud computing from where it started few years ago, it is safe to say that it has come a long way. We have witnessed impressive changes along the way, and it is these efforts to make it more and more appealing that have contributed to what we have now. Cloud computing now covers a wider spectrum, and most big organizations are fully dependent on cloud for their entire organizational IT system. This is quite a big step, compared to the mixed reactions that we previously had, when cloud computing first came in to the scene. Everyone was intrigued by this new technology which industry players were predicting would take the world by a storm, but most people were also a bit skeptical. Many were not too sure about how they would benefit from the technology, while others were afraid of the risks that the technology would expose their organizations to. Thus, there are those who were bold enough to adopt cloud computing from the onset, those who decided to take a back seat, watching how the technology would unfold with time, and those who decided to seat on the fence (meaning they were half in and half out). Based on what we are currently witnessing, the people who were brave enough to adopt cloud computing from the onset, have been able to benefit more from the technology than those who waited to adopt it when they thought it was safe. This is because they started off with the technology when it was just a little ‘baby’, and they helped each other to grow along the way. However, this does not mean that it is only those who adopted it earlier have benefited; it only means that they have been able to cover more ground and achieve most of their organization’s targets much earlier. Such targets include: efficiency, cutting operational costs and increasing their revenue based on increased productivity.
The competition between cloud hosting providers has ensured that users enjoy very low hosting rates. It is now much cheaper to hire cloud hosting services, than to start and operate your own data centre facility centre. This explains why renowned brands such as the New York Times use hosted cloud services instead of operating their own data facility.
The quality of hosting services has significantly improved over the years. This means that users have the right to demand the best cloud services from their provider, or they can easily move to another cloud provider. Better hosting services means that there are less issues of downtime, security breach or traffic overload. This is because the competition in the cloud services industry has ensured that cloud service providers stay on top of their game. Thus, most cloud computing services providers have had to hire 24/7 personnel to monitor their facilities, in order to ensure that their customers get nothing short of the best.
There have been great innovations in cloud computing over the years. Such innovations have enabled creation of big data centres with powerful servers, which translates to a better cloud computing experience for users. Powerful servers mean that users enjoy unlimited storage capacity, faster data processing and ability to handle huge traffic without crashing.
The cloud services industry has stabilized with time. This means that we now have big companies providing cloud computing services, unlike in the past when every organization wanted to have its own small data center facility. This was mostly a small room located somewhere in the organization’s premises. With time, the industry started shaping up, and people realized that the small data centre facilities were mostly inefficient, since they were easily susceptible to issues of security threats, downtime and server crashing. Their maintenance costs were also high, and may very easily have surpassed their benefits. It was therefore much easier to outsource cloud computing services from one of the big cloud service providers. In return, the organizations would enjoy better services at a cheaper cost. Industry stability therefore shaped up in the form of small industry players outsourcing cloud services from the ‘big boys’, who were in a better position to provide better cloud services, due to their flexible funding. Using the funds earned from hiring out cloud services to other organizations, the ‘big boys’ have been able to invest in the best equipment and this has led to the growth of the cloud computing industry. In a nutshell, large organizations that offer cloud computing services are now selling their services at very affordable rates. On the other end, other organizations (big and small) are now enjoying the best cloud computing services without any hardware infrastructural costs.
Perhaps another notable aspect that has come out very clearly, is that it is not a must for big organizations to have or operate their own data facility centre. Most companies usually have to choose between a private, public or hybrid cloud, based on which among the three would be more beneficial to them. Private clouds are popular for being secure, while public clouds are popular for having the best and latest apps. It is therefore not surprising to find big brands operating on a public cloud, because of the multiple benefits it offers. However, the emergence of Hybrid cloud computing has been the wow factor since cloud computing started. This is because it enables organizations to get the best from both worlds.
Perhaps another notable cloud computing transformation over the years, is based on the fact that cloud computing has become an integral part of almost every organization rather than an IT strategy used for competitive edge. Organizations are using cloud computing to improve their own system and become more efficient, but not as a deliberate competitive strategy. It is more of getting better and becoming more efficient from within.
It is clearly evident that cloud computing has transformed and evolved by a huge margin over the years, and industry players are predicting that this is just the tip of the iceberg.