Monday, June 6, 2011
New infrastructure for IT will include some form of cloud in it
It is inevitable that new infrastructure for IT will include some form of cloud in it. The cloud has been around for over 20 years so why move to it now? Because of timing and companies like Salesforce/NetApp, Google, and Amazon who placed the right business model behind the technology and brought it mainstream while other big names like IBM, Microsoft, EMC, etc… play catch up. Here are some interesting numbers associated with a move to the cloud.
Reasons not to move now are security and proprietary platforms which will evolve over time. The key is to plan your IT infrastructure strategically in stages and demand cloud vendors build compatible data formats so your data is easily transferable between platforms and legacy systems. When you can walk away from a vendor and pick up where you left off with another vendor you have the upper hand.