Cloud Computing for Non-Technical Executives

Cloud Computing for Non-Technical Executives

Twenty years ago, the Internet transformed everything from books to music to travel, etc. However, it did not change IT. That is, the software and services that ran in the datacenter stayed in the datacenter. Today, cloud computing is bringing IT to the Internet through three primary delivery models. They include:

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) – Hardware and server infrastructure are provided to IT online as a service. Companies pay for the resources that they need, when they need them, which reduces costs and enables scale. IaaS Example: Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) from Amazon Web Services.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) – An application platform is provided to developers online as a service. Developers write code and the PaaS provider presents it on the Internet. The PaaS provider manages, patches and upgrades all of the hardware and software infrastructure versus the customer. PaaS Example: Windows Azure from Microsoft.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) – A software application is provided to users online as a service. The application and user data are hosted and maintained by the SaaS provider. Users can access the service from any device. SaaS Example: Sales Cloud from Salesforce.com.

Ten Benefits of Cloud Computing
01. Access – Access applications and data any time, any place and from any device.
02. Advantage – Level the playing field with the same enterprise technology as the Fortune 500.
03. Competency – Focus on the company’s core competency, not IT. Shift IT from a cost center to a strategic asset.
04. Cost – Reduce hardware, software and other costs. No up-front capital expenses; only pay for what you use.
05. Current – Run the most current version of software (PaaS and SaaS). No need for upgrading or patching.
06. Flexibility – Select what software and services you need; when you need them; and how you use them.
07. Partner – Align the company with best-in-class cloud providers for long-term success.
08. Scale – Increase or decrease resources as needed. Accommodate for peak performance periods.
09. Speed – Quickly add applications; increase storage; spin-up servers, etc. Respond to market changes faster.
10. Stability – Benefit from enterprise grade hardware and IT infrastructure – 99.95% uptime.

According to Gartner, between 2013 and 2015, IaaS will grow from $8.1B to $15.5B (91%); PaaS will grow from $1.2B to $1.8B (50%); and SaaS will grow from $14.5B to $22.1B (52%). Thus, the total market will increase from $23.8B to $39.4B (66%). Cloud computing is here. Leverage the benefits to make your business more effective and efficient.

All contents copyright © 2012, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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