There is no doubt that cloud computing is one of the next big things in the tech world. The global market for cloud computing is going to increase from about $41 billion in 2011 to $241 billion in 2020, according to new estimates from research firm Forrester.
Most people are familiar with a few parts of the cloud-computing business — things like Google mail and Docs, which run online and are accessible from anywhere. That’s the basic principle behind a lot of the services, but the big growth will happen when businesses, move things like email and other tech services to the “cloud.” That brings up the various types of cloud computing which includes the following:
1. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
2. Platform as a Service (PaaS)
3. Software as a Service (SaaS)
4. Network as a Service (NaaS)
These types of cloud computing include services like disaster recovery, virtual servers, data centers, virtual desktop, etc. Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve economies of scale and is the broader concept of converged infrastructure and shared services.
The cloud also focuses on maximizing the effectiveness of the shared resources. Cloud resources are usually not only shared by multiple users but are also dynamically reallocated per demand. This approach should maximize the use of computing powers thus reducing environmental damage as well since less power, air conditioning, rackspace, etc. is required for a variety of functions.
The term "moving to cloud" also refers to an organization moving away from a traditional CAPEX model (buy the dedicated hardware and depreciate it over a period of time) to the OPEX model (use a shared cloud infrastructure and pay as you use it). Cloud computing allows companies to avoid upfront infrastructure costs, and focus on projects that differentiate their businesses instead of infrastructure. Proponents also claim that cloud computing allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance, and enables IT to more rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand.
Cloud computing companies of all types are popping up all over the world. Whether you are a provider or a carrier or agent looking for a strategic partner, let GWT serve as a resource to put you together for a successful business relationship.