2014 is going to be an especially exciting year for cloud computing, don’t you think? With the triumph of cloud computing underway, this year will surely hold great developments in the field. We should expect to see many articles next year proclaiming the success of one cloud application or another and how cloud computing made such an application possible when it never could have existed before.
Cloud computing has proven its value to enterprises and service providers. On the business side, the cloud represents potentially lower costs thanks to pay-as-you-go pricing and the option to scale easily as the user base grows. For service providers, cloud computing keeps customer acquisition costs low, translating into higher operating margins. Basically, we might agree that cloud computing is a win/win for all involved. However, without a proper plan experience has told us this is not always the case.
Application performance monitoring involves the supervision of applications to ensure optimal performance and availability. As distributed IT environments have grown to be more complex, IT departments have increasingly turned to a more network-centered approach for application performance management, using tools that bridge application and infrastructure, while displaying application activity across a range of platforms in a single dashboard view.
The ability to calculate the ROI of cloud computing is not a simple exercise, as most people would prefer to think. In order to truly understand the business value when adopting cloud computing (public, private, or hybrid), we require a complex and dynamic analysis.
Before the ROI: The Cloud Assessment
Enterprise cloud computing is a massive game changer, and the next few years will bring significant changes in the way users access applications through mobile devices and interact with each other through socially enabled, cloud based services. In particular, there are four important areas of influences and pressures on applications architectures: mobile devices, social networking, cloud services and Big Data.
Both cloud computing and sustainability are emerging as trends in business and society. Most consumers, whether they are aware of it or not, are already heavy users of cloud-enabled services like email, social media, online gaming, and many mobile applications.