The cloud is driving massive changes in every industry. In online commerce, the prevalence of cloud services has partly driven the rapid increase in same-day delivery from services like Amazon and Zappos — goods that are delivered “same day” will grow by 6 times over the next two years.
Considering these developments, cloud adoption seems like a great idea. But, there are different ways to think about making the journey to cloud, and it’s imperative to include organizational goals and specific data needs as top considerations. This post hopes to help you make distinctions between the capabilities of different types of solutions, as well as decide which one might be the most promising for your desired business outcomes.
First Things First
The cloud is a disruptive business force, causing many new industries to emerge and new services to appear overnight. It eliminates a lot of overhead when it comes to maintaining an on-site data center. Plus, the IoT brings 50 billion cloud-connected devices and their data to the world by 2020. While cloud solutions have a lot to offer an organization when it comes to flexibility and versatility, it still takes time for data to make its way from a cloud provider to a customer. While a private or public cloud service can provide serious cost savings and great performance, as providers take on more tenants, performance may degrade. That’s why it’s always a good idea to do a lot of due diligence before making a major shift in any direction.
An on-premise solution reduces security risks and the chance of performance dips, but hosting an on-site data solution will get more expensive as time goes on and cloud adoption becomes more ubiquitous. If choosing between public or private cloud solutions seems too difficult, there’s a happy middle ground with hybrid clouds that mix both options.
Cloud’s in a Great Spot
Cloud has hit critical mass, and while that doesn’t mean it’s optimal for every scenario, it’s still a powerful solution for many businesses. In fact, IT professionals expect public cloud to grow to 64 percent of their total computing resources by 2018. Many organizations choose to embrace a hybrid cloud model, using public cloud for resources that require less security and private cloud for mission critical information. And as technology improves and providers find better ways of doing things, cloud services will continue to improve as well. At this moment, the performance per watt dollar impact of cloud services is a strong argument for switching, regardless of industry.
Design Like a Pro
As the mindshare for cloud has set in, Enterprises now have a better idea of what sort of data solutions they need. Developing the perfect architecture depends on security needs, compliance requirements, in-house skills, performance thresholds, and cost ceilings.
While many organizations are switching to the cloud, some businesses that are working in the petabyte range of data are finding that switching to cloud services is not yet cost-effective. The key word there is yet. Others, like digital payment providers in India, are finding numerous opportunities with a cloud-based model. In addition, flexible cloud APIs offer the ability to rapidly create, share, and deploy services across the value chain, regardless of business size.
Leaders across industries are embracing software-defined infrastructure and cloud implementation. Do you have a strategy for it? Intel has numerous solutions for enterprises looking for a private, public, or hybrid cloud implementation. Check out our enterprise cloud solutions page to find out more about cloud service providers who are powered by Intel technology, as well as great implementation resources.