And suddenly it became a bit cloudy…
When it comes to providing on demand services, I find cloud computing to work by same principles as shareconomics. Because why would you want to own your own infrastructure, platforms or software if you can get them provided as a service? Not only at a lower cost, but also making your services better as a whole?
Cloud computing offers organisations maximum flexibility: you only pay for what you use. And it also offers them agileness: if you can build and configure machines to host applications or other services virtually automatically within a working day, you can react and adapt to change or (business or customer) demand faster.
Fuelled by digital transformation, the possibilities of cloud computing are reaching to the skies. We probably all know about software as a service (SaaS), being one of the more popular cloud idioms around. But what about data as a service (DaaS)? DaaS lets you pay for the data you actually use, instead of paying and storing everything yourself in a self-contained repository. This offers flexibility, agility and reduces costs. Platform as a service (PaaS) or infrastructure as a service (IaaS) reduce complexity in your IT organisation.
With PaaS or IaaS, there’s no need for complex IT management anymore. Instead of manually building and configuring IT infrastructure, computer systems, applications and services, you can choose to orchestrate them automatically. Aligning business needs with IT configuration and management by the push of a button. And speaking of push: system updates and patches will be automatically pushed to you, with some suppliers like Oracle even offering cloud based systems that can repair and solve performance issues themselves.
Orchestration in cloud computing means a shift from manually configuring complex systems and infrastructures into creating scripts that automatically configure and build systems and infrastructures for you. Leading the way to a more a service-oriented architecture (SOA) or the virtualisation of your hardware. That will offer maximum scalability when it comes to application needs. And if you add artificial intelligence and also take increasing computer power into consideration, the future of cloud computing looks very bright.
… with a chance of legacy
But when it comes to ‘the cloud’, there’s one very big challenge: you have to get there. And with that I mean transforming your on premise IT organisation, including legacy IT, into a cloud based one. All these legacy services are there for a reason. They probably offered you a lot of value when they were built. Maybe they were even tailor-made for you. Or solved critical issues concerning your business continuity. Offering trust and comfort when it comes to your business and its daily operations.