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Cloud Computing: A Quick Primer

Utilize the power of the cloud to transform your business

"The cloud will transform everything about technology." This statement is better suited for 20 years ago when the cloud was in its infancy. In 2014 the statement should be that "The cloud has taken over technology." Cloud computing has been around since the sixties believe it or not, but over the past few years the industry has recognized the concept better as more organizations are embracing cloud technology and more vendors are creating amazing cloud-based business solutions.

Who Is on the Cloud?
The cloud is the focus of every large technology vendor that we know of. The usual suspects include Microsoft, Google, IBM, Cisco, Apple, and SAP. All of these companies have one thing in common: a massive push towards cloud. In addition there are millions of other companies that offer products and services on the cloud through various cloud platforms. Typical examples are the Apple Store, Netflix, and Android Store.

What Does the Cloud Do?
The cloud leads into multiple different segments, such as mobility, collaboration, and infrastructure. Applications of the cloud vary from backing up your smart phone address book to an online storage vault to sharing data between multiple data centers for mission-critical exploration and drilling companies.

The cloud has started transforming the enterprise. A result of a growing internet bandwidth that is now available and possible due to technological advances, the cloud as an example forms the basis of hundreds of thousands of data centers that operate around the globe, leave alone the data that is exchanged, the solutions and applications hosted, and so on.

The Cloud for Your Organization
If your organization is planning to embark on a journey to the cloud and is still trying to figure out what it should do about the cloud, worry not, you are probably already using quite a few online services that are on the cloud. These include, among the ones previously mentioned, iCloud, Google Drive, Box.net, and Salesforce. At the enterprise level, the benefits of the cloud surpass common belief and your business can significantly ramp up by utilizing solutions and services on the cloud. Typical applications include information sharing, infrastructure solutions, collaboration, and communication.

To start your journey on the cloud try to analyze your organization's needs and requirements that would drive value. Match these needs to platforms and services available on the cloud and analyze the overall benefits and value, not just the financial savings.

Is the Cloud Growing?
Cloud platforms are here to stay and will grow tremendously in the next few years. It's estimated that by 2020 over $200 billion will be invested in cloud-based solutions and services. Start utilizing the power of the cloud to transform your business and begin propelling your organization into success and growth mode.

More Stories By Ian Khan

Ian Khan leads Innovation & Marketing initiatives at Solgenia, a global Cloud services provider with more than 3500 enterprise customers globally that includes Top Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. An advocate of Cloud computing and a thought leader driving change within the industry, Ian is a catalyst for collaboration and Cloud solutions. He has written for multiple industry publications, presented at various industry events worldwide, and brings more than 15 years of in depth technology experience across various industries. Ian is a PMP Certified Project Manager, MCSE, and an Instrumentation Technology engineer.

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