What is cloud computing? Do I need this thing? What I must consider before start the process? These ones and a lot of other questions permeates the enterprise common sense, but the answers are often not simple to understand specially for non IT people. Well, let´s try to elucidate them, to help the stakeholders take the correct decision.
Some days ago, a client asked about what´s cloud? He is Private Education Group Chairman, which have more than 1,700 students, in 02 college schools and 01 university, well I started explain to him about computers, datacentres and all this stuff. They stopped me and said: I’m not from IT world, please talk my language! It sounds a little strange to me, but I reflected about his words, and his reasoning is completely right. The IT people, normally, do not explain its “world” with easy non IT concepts. This event pushes me to try explain cloud to non IT people, in a simple way.
Cloud computing, what is this?
nowadays, every company has at least one computer, if this organization begins to grow up and gain new market space, generally, this one computer begins to increase in numbers, to follow up company growth. As long as the complexity and costs of this computer environment reach high levels, the IT people try to group them into a physical location, like a sealed room. This is a datacentre.
Well, let’s think about company growth. Almost all noon-charity companies are looking for profit, so they need expand market coverage, and this, normally, implies increased cost at datacentres. But the market behaviour is not a mathematical equation, it could accept or not a new product, but the cost whit he datacentre was already taken. In other hand, your Initial analysis may have been under-estimated, and your datacentre does not support the massive workload. So, what to do?
Here is the Cloud “magic”! You pay what you use, taking advantage of an environment with hundreds of thousand computers all over the world, all of them integrated and able to provide to your company the resources necessary to support its growth process in minutes. This solution created by major software companies are known as Cloud Computing, because, there are a knotty computer environment able to be used all over the world, but this complexity is masked behind an friendly management web site. This is the Cloud!
Of course, the complexity, and the technical details are more than this explanation, but it is not the purpose of this post. So, dear IT fellow, I’m sorry. 😉
To use or not to use cloud approach?
Default answer: depends.
There are a lot of variables that must be evaluated before take this decision. For example: I really need this solution, or I’m blown away? Is the cloud a fad? My company growth demand a new cloud approach? What are the cost-benefit relation between my current costs and the cloud cost? There is any gap that cloud could not fill? There is any specific tool in my company incompatible with cloud? These are some questions that must be answered before any action.
“Gartner Says By 2020, a Corporate “No-Cloud” Policy Will Be as Rare as a “No-Internet” Policy Is Today”. This is an important declaration made by an awesome market player. So, it is most probably that you need start think about cloud. Another one, “Gartner Says Worldwide Public Cloud Services Market Is Forecast to Reach $204 Billion in 2016”. This is another important fact, there are a lot of money invested., then we should not let this fact go unnoticed.
The company specific questions must be answered by you and you team with a Cloud Solution Architect help. They could explain the phases through which the organization will experience; the cloud migration strategy to be adopted; the cost estimate using cloud; the best cloud provider to fit your needs; the knowing problems and risks associated with cloud; which gaps will exist and how to mitigate them; ultimately, they could help your company to plan, execute and deal with all subjects related to Cloud Computing.