The infancy of cloud computing left many scratching their heads because most users didn’t have much of an idea of how it worked or any control over what it did. For this reason, developers would quickly shell out money to use cloud storage with their own credit cards. This would mean that company CIOs would have to put forth work to figure out who was using what (…and when) within the company.
With all the advancements in cloud technologies though, this is a thing of the past. Now IT departments have control over how much is spent on the cloud. In fact, IT departments now typically control roughly 80 percent of a company’s cloud spending. Moreover, of that 80 percent, 62 percent of IT departments work directly with the CIO to manage the company’s cloud.
An increase in the use of cloud computing is not a small-scale change—increased usage of the cloud is becoming widespread amongst companies. According to Verizon, as many as 65 percent of companies use cloud computing in some way for their business. In addition, about 71 percent of Verizon’s own customers run external-facing production cloud apps, which is an 11 percent increase over last year.Bottom of Form.
What Changed to Make Cloud Computing More Attractive?
When cloud computing began to be used, IT departments were still focusing on infrastructure and operation. Because of this, most were not prepared for being responsible for acquiring, handling and supplying their companies with cloud services. We’re just now seeing a more widespread cloud usage for other organizations because it took time to transition. However, companies have now had enough time to develop the skills they need to use the cloud the way that helps them the most.
Luckily, most IT departments have developed their skills in time for the explosion we’re seeing in the field of cloud computing—many of which are pushing through the issues that the cloud has experienced in recent years.
While IT departments are using the cloud for significantly more than they were in recent years, some elements will not move to the cloud yet. This, in large part, is due to the price of doing so. Companies that would have to perform too much recoding or reconfiguring are unlikely to make the switch; whereas, according to zdnet.com, those that are already using a heavy virtualized infrastructure would have an easier time of transferring.
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