Cloud Computing and Corporate IT

Have you ever heard the term “cloud computing”? Maybe in some jokes where you compute the number of clouds running over the atmosphere, or in physics, where you compute the density of clouds- but in these fields, cloud computing is not a technical term. It indeed is in the virtual world called internet. Cloud computing is one term that’s trending for leading corporate IT orgs and groups and this is one of the two future equivalents of diamond of the planet Earth. Now, the skirmish would be this, either the corporate IT shall take cloud computing as part of their system or not. Definitely a YES, and somehow, definitely a NO!

The deal to be made between the data center and the organization is all about control, nothing more, and nothing less. This is why CIO’s are never having a glimpse for this option, but this is for now, where technology seems still to be so young and fresh. Information security; this is the most significant factor for an organization, and CIO’s believe that giving the control over these information shall give chances for leaks and damages. Controlling over the fluidity and security for these data is not a simple task to do and this is what IT peers do. They could not afford to overlook any factors that could lead to unsolicited errors. Everything is at stake- jobs, reputation, efficiency and lots of bucks, which you shall count in a daily basis if everything is lost; everyday is damaged; everything has vanished. That’s why IT folks, especially the heads and bosses, are getting a hard time in making a decision whether to embrace or to reject cloud computing in their own systems.

Many say that today shall really be different to tomorrow, which is universally true, but the emphasis varies, whether a year after or five to ten years after. A year after would not help much to the ripening of technology, but five to ten years, that’d be enough for tech to mature and flourish. This time, cloud computing shall join the corporate IT team for sure and here are the reasons why:

Maneuverable bandwidth costs

Business terms CAPEX and OPEX would really be significant for this matter. CAPEX means capital expenditure and OPEX means operating expenditure. So, how are these two become related to each other then? Simple, when cloud computing system shall be incorporated to corporate IT’s system; their capital expenditure for bandwidth shall turn into operational expenditure. In other words, bandwidth costs shall not be accounted as fixed bundles, but according to the used bandwidth. A client shall not be buying a fixed quantity of servers where most of the time, a lot servers are left idle and inoperative because of wrong predictions; instead, clients shall only be paying according to the used bandwidth and servers, fruiting bountiful savings for organizations. Scaling up and down the servers are really expensive that even perceiving it might cost you, so, with this cloud computing and its brother, utility computing, cost reformation goes well.

Omnipresent internet access

For now, internet is restricted to the multi-cornered broadband and WIFI connections, but for five years after, the widespread branching of both the 4G wireless standards, WIMAX and LTE shall bring broadband to remote areas and shall continue its flair through internet connections in cars, busses and trains. Maybe, omnipresent internet access is more idealistic, so, let’s use the term “accessible anywhere at least on a presence of a cell tower”, more realistic though. This will take you off the position of connecting to the internet only with your desktop with the Ethernet cable attached to it. Also for site owners, cloud computing will be of good advantage to them because there will be an upsurge of users and visitors to their sites as to the omnipresence of internet access.

Offline access to online apps

Cloud computing application does not only approve online applications, thus, the future envisions these online applications, through the help of cloud computing apps, shall have offline components added to its online component. This offline function stores application on your data center and when a connection error comes in, it caches user data, and when the connection’s hurdling back, any reformatting and changes are synced up with the online version- that’s how efficient cloud computing is.

Separation of black and white

Just like the separation of black and white, or having the example of yin and yang, everything shall be more organized just like the separation of data from apps. In the next coming years, it could be possible that the front end of apps shall be delivered in the web browser while backend shall be fuelled up by highly scalable databases. The WAN shall be expected to run in the speed of 100 mbps, bandwidth costs subside giving way to WAN technology acceleration driving more WAN pipes, then application front-end and the backend database will be able to subsist in separate locations more effectively.

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