By Jon Reeve
We are squarely in what I like to call the “2nd inning” of cloud. In my discussions with prospects and customers, the conversations have taken on a distinctly “enterprise” feel to them, reminding me of previous technology waves and disruptions, like client-server, and virtualization before. A new report from Frost and Sullivan outlines this shift, as the so called “new IT” tries to better align with the needs of the business and business outcomes.
This starts with the business drivers themselves – while Cloud may have started as a great tool, providing on-demand access to scalable infrastructure resources to support dev/test and web app build outs, it has clearly progressed into something much more strategic.
Frost and Sullivan demonstrate this very clearly with their survey of US-based IT decision-makers and the shift in attitudes in just 3 short years:
Top Reasons Enterprises Choose Cloud, 2011 versus 2014
|Defer server purchases, 46%||Achieve IT flexibility and agility, 71%|
|Defer/avoid data center expansion, 42%||Deliver services and applications faster, 70%|
|Achieve high return on investment, 35%||Better support business needs, 68%|
Source: Frost & White, SPIE 14-26, Cloud Adoption Reaches a Long-Awaited Tipping Point 2014 Cloud User Survey (July 2014).
The winds have acutely changed from tactical (defer server purchases) to...