Why you should be thinking about cloud

Manish Garg Uncategorized

Not a single day goes without some big news on the Cloud. Intel bottomline is benefiting greatly from rapid cloud expansion. The big names in Cloud are what Intel calls the Super 7 :  Alibaba (BABA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Baidu (BIDU), Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT) and Tencent (TCEHY). Amazon is leading the pack by a wide margin. The key driver of this is rapid pace of innovation in terms of releasing record number of features and staying ahead of competition. What is this cloud and why is it growing so fast?

All of us use cloud when we access our online accounts such as emails, watch a streaming movie from Netflix or access a lot of websites. All of this data sits in huge datacenters with software platform on top to make it easy for any third party user to use the servers consisting of compute, storage and networking resources elastically. The software also enables them to use it the way they see optimal pretty much on the fly. This enables many businesses to develop applications on top of it and offer it as a service. This whole ecosystem is essentially a cloud.
The traditional model for IT was to buy hardware, software separately or bundled together, then develop applications on top of it and then continue to maintain that infrastructure all on premise. This is very Capex intensive and most users do not benefit from economies of scale/scope. TheOpex costs are not cheap either even for medium size companies. To make situation worse, its hard to scale up and down as business conditions change.
In the cloudcentric model, there is no or very little Capex. You just purchase these resources as the need arises. You can scale it up and down every min if you need to as the business conditions change. In most cases for small/medium size businesses (even come big corporate cases) the total cost of ownership (TCO) for the cloud comes in cheaper than if they were to have their own solution on premise

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