6 Key Reasons Why The Cloud Is Essential

In a recent interview, Forrester Research senior analyst Clement Teo sat down with ZDNet editor Ryan Huang to discuss six reasons why Forrester has seen cloud adoption rise across Southeast Asia. Clement begins by stating that IT’s appetite for hardware spending is waning and with this as a driver, he articulates the six key reasons why the cloud has become essential to the enterprise, under a new acronym ‘AMACES’:

  • Agility
  • Mobility
  • Automation
  • Cost efficiency
  • Elasticity
  • Security

In this short video excerpt, Clement focuses on cost efficiency:

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Why Hybrid Cloud is becoming more relevant

Many businesses are shifting capital expenditures to operational expenditures. Across Southeast Asia, Forrester found that during the past two years there was a 5 percent drop in the number of IT decision makers who said at least a portion of their budget would be spent on hardware.

Because of this, Clements says that “with a limited budget, they [IT] have to make the best use of that, and one way easy way to do that is to move some workloads to the cloud, reduce hardware spend, reduce footprint, virtualize their servers, and increase efficiency.”

If cost efficiency was the only business consideration, then a private-only or public-only cloud solution could work. However, when you factor in all the attributes described by AMACES, a hybrid cloud solution begins to look appealing.  Intel IT Center blogger Christian Verstraete recently wrote that though movement to a public cloud model is becoming more common, the hybrid cloud is the clear path forward for most enterprises.


Benefits of ‘AMACES’ extends to Social, Mobile and Analytics

Looking closer at AMACES, it quickly becomes clear that this is not only a list of cloud benefits, but they also represent the attributes and qualities IT managers and business leaders are looking for from today’s modern infrastructure.

Many IT organizations have embraced business projects around four key pillars termed SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud).  ZDNet writer Tim Lohman recently explored how Intel IT is using social, mobile, analytics, and cloud as a major driver of organizational transformation and productivity.  Throughout Tim’s article, we find examples of ‘AMACES’ embedded as both benefits and capabilities delivered by modern IT infrastructure.

While I don’t think the acronym ‘AMACES’ will ever catch on as an industry standard term, the broader points are worth embedding into your IT investments and architecture.

If you have the available time, Clement’s full-length interview is worth watching.