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Stormy Skies Ahead? Not in the Cloud


There may be stormy skies ahead for some industries, but business in the cloud is clearly not one of them. Cloud usage is enormous and growing with meteoric speed. Indications show that more than four-fifths of all data center traffic — 83 percent — will be based in the cloud within the next three years.

According to Gartner, the cloud is here, and it is accelerating globally. Based on their forecast for 2011-2017, Gartner expects adoption to hit $250 billion by 2017.

About 56 percent of enterprises consider cloud to be a strategic differentiator, and approximately 58 percent of enterprises spend more than 10 percent of their annual budgets on cloud services.

Gartner proposes that 50 percent of enterprises will have hybrid clouds by 2017. As we see more and more companies adopt cloud, CIOs are crafting well-thought-out strategies that include cloud. However, all-inclusive cloud implementations are the exception not the rule.

That’s because it would be near impossible to move everything wholesale to the cloud because of the complexity of today’s environments. The hybrid cloud—a mix of on and off premises—offers the best of both worlds: a combination of strengths allowing organizations to achieve the performance of on-premises solutions with management convenience.

Just as cloud adoption is growing on the business side, public cloud is also making sweeping strides. Amazon Web Services leads the pack with 30% of the public cloud market share and Microsoft Azure, IBM and Google Cloud following.

As hybrid cloud services continue to gain momentum, customization seems to be a major attraction. Why? Think about it like this.


• Maybe you need a mix of dedicated hardware and high performance managed virtual servers


• Or perhaps your growing business has limited IT resources


• It could be your business need the ability to scale rapidly


Any or all of these smart customizable features is why more businesses are looking at hybrid cloud. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


The bottom line is this. To remain being competitive in today’s world, companies must stay out front of the latest technology, but equally important is the ability to keep transforming the customer experience. The cloud enables both in significant, measurable ways.


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