Myth: The cloud is just a fad
Not every technology successfully makes the transition from infancy to market maturity; many stick firmly in the “fad” stage for a short period of time and then disappear. Corporate file-sharing services modeled after peer-to-peer file sharing sites fit into this category: great ideas that just didn’t have staying power.
Some technology experts argue that cloud computing is a similar fad. Still in its adolescence, the cloud is in the midst of several growing pains, including concerns around data security, vendor lock-in and overall cost. Local server pundits argue that despite increasing cloud adoption, the long-term potential of the service is limited, and along with other, supposedly “cutting edge” technologies, will soon be a forgotten remnant of the market’s past. There’s an underlying element of truth to this myth; companies can still compete in the big data market without the power of a private cloud, and recent public cloud outages pose serious risks for sensitive data.
Fact: The cloud is here to stay
In 2008, cloud adoption sat at 12%. By 2014, however, it’s predicted that 60% of companies will use some form of the cloud – hardly a “fad.” The move to cloud technology is better likened to the rise of smartphones and tablets; once considered no more than consumer playthings, these devices are now ubiquitous, used by executives, IT pros and employees alike.
There are several forces behind this cloud adoption, including lowered capital expenses and the ability to automate security and maintenance processes. But the real benefits of cloud computing come from the flexibility and agility companies receive when their data isn’t tied to a local server stack, and isn’t subject to the physical limitations of an onsite facility. Redundant backups, combined with the spread of data across multiple servers means the cloud can respond almost instantly in the event of a local power failure or data loss, and the ability to scale up use as needed means companies will never be bottlenecked by computing power or storage space.
The cloud is no fad, and though private options still account for the Lion’s Share of business use, secure public clouds are quickly making inroads as IT professionals and executives see the benefits of this technology firsthand.
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