Cloud computing is producing a great number of big and successful companies. Bessemer Venture has identified about 300 successful cloud startups – among them, 16 have already hit a $1 billion valuation or on the verge of it.
Shadow IT is a term that describes IT systems and solutions built and used inside organizations without IT approval. A group of people choosing to use a spreadsheet that they email back and forth instead of a company-approved means of storing and sharing crucial information, employees using DropBox to share notes and files, a developer who builds an unsanctioned custom piece of software to simplify or automate a repetitive task — all these are examples of shadow IT.
If there’s a thing everybody agrees upon when it comes to cloud migrations, is that there are a lot of choices to be made when you decide you are going to move to the cloud. With all the noise around the topic it can be difficult to make the right choices, especially related to the cloud environment that is the best fit for your company.
We all know that since cloud computing services are available, almost every organization, regardless of its size, at least thought about migrating to the cloud. When analyzing a solution this complex, there are many aspects to understand and plan, including costs, efficiency, technology, resources and so on. But one of the biggest worries was and still is security, and this is one of the main reason why SMBs are still avoiding to move to the cloud.
Identifying workloads to move to the cloud can be challenging. I personally believe that every company has the ability to migrate most of their existing business to the cloud, but before doing so, it’s necessary to complete a proper assessment of your applications and the requirements needed to support them.
The charity sector is one of the slowest sectors to implement cloud computing, but the good news is that they are now taking advantage of the benefits of cloud. According to the “Third sector reaches for the cloud” report, almost half of the charity representatives (42%) said their companies had used software as a service (SaaS) based applications over the past 12 months and 39% admitted they hadn’t considered cloud as a solution at all.
According to IDC, the global market for private cloud computing is expected to increase by 60% and reach 12 billion dollars by 2014, and approximately 44% of companies consider implementing a private cloud solution.