Cloud Computing: Smarter Clouds are Transforming Businesses Now!
Cloud Computing is a new industrial buzz with massive business potential. Smarter Clouds are now transforming businesses into a new technological phase where Clouds rule with a lot of powers to attract clients with enormous storage of trillion bytes. Companies are forwarding to Cloud Computing with an amazing phase and in near future all giant companies would have their own Clouds to store the massive data of their clients and also of their products.
The time is coming when not only you but your gadgets and devices would also involve in social networking through huge Clouds. In fact, it would be a time when you will be receiving alerts from your devices asking you that their battery is near to suck or they need your attention for any maintenance work. The scenario, we described looks very odd but it has begun to form though it is in its initial stage, so far.
“Cloud platforms are much more than just a more efficient way of doing business. Companies are turning to cloud platforms to build new kinds of applications to allow them to reach their customers in completely new ways.”
Gartner, a reliable research company, believes that Cloud storage services are doing a business of $75 billion worldwide and there is an estimated 20% growth a year in coming days. At present, most of business is generated from the companies moving their businesses online and require Clouds for storing their huge data.
“Business Process As a Service” is the most prominent Cloud Service which acquires about 80% revenues by moving entire back-office departments, such as HR, into the cloud. It also provides Cloud based softwares over the web and earns 13% extra money, while the remaining is earned from renting out hardware in the cloud or hardware plus a software environment in which businesses runs seamlessly.
What is the primary driver attracting business to transform in Cloud computing? Laura Colvine of IBM explains;
The primary driver for moving into the cloud is reducing cost. Many are starting to think outside their own boundaries. They are starting to consider the consumer and the ecosystem that could be created with cloud.
Red Funnel Ferries, for example, which operates between the British mainland and the Isle of Wight, wanted to improve its customer service. It could have changed how it operated internally and saved money, reckons Colvine. Instead, it created a cloud service that lets travellers know the positions of its ferries via twitter. “It’s not cloud just for the company with today’s business model but cloud done in a different way that connects to an ecosystem in a way they wouldn’t have thought about a while ago.
John Hagel III, co-chairman of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge consultancy, also seeing a massive change in Cloud storage services and expects that soon Cloud would surround the web like tsunami waves. Actually, it is the elastic nature of Cloud Data storage services that enables customers to enlarge or shrink their computing resources as and when required.
Large Pharmaceutical, oil and gas firms are already using Cloud services to speed up their data analysis and modelling.
Moreover, Hagel states, companies will discover new services and techniques to attract customers beyond using social networks and mobile devices. He imagines an entire revolution in businesses when those will begin to utilize other organisations’ data and services via the web. Some firms have already set up cloud “laboratories” to collaborate with their customers for developing much better products.
For widespread collaboration to take off data need to be presented in standard ways. One vehicle for such standardisation is the application programming interface (API), which allows data from one company’s computers to be presented via the web in a defined format so that developers at other organisations can use them. The BBC, for example, has an API that supplies websites and mobile applications with a feed of its online articles.
Hagel warns that the trend of sharing data via APIs would be immense complicated and troublesome.
“It has the potential to restructure the business economics of firms in all industries in a profound way,”
Another risk involved in Cloud Computing and Cloud based businesses concerns to reliability and data security since hackers have satanic minds and would try to hack the data especially the data related to financial activities.
But the businesses providing Cloud data storing and computing services are confident and say that as more and more companies would move their businesses to the Cloud, the concerns about reliability and security will eliminate, and firms would feel free for focusing on producing better products and services for their customers.
Greg D’Alesandre of Google App Engine is inflexible on the point.
“In five years, not using the cloud is going to sound silly.”
Via: NewScientistCloud Computing