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Cloud Computing: The Disruptive Phenomenon

In spite of the many benefits associated with cloud computing, it is in essence a disruptive phenomenon. Because of cloud computing and other advances, decades old practices are no longer viable in today’s business world. It has even led to what is being termed the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Internet of Things (IoT)

The convergence of the Internet, wireless technologies, and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMs) has led us to a world where there is an ever increasing number of devices and objects being provided with unique identifiers and the ability to communicate over a network. As the IoT advances, more and more of this communication is done without the involvement of human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. Already, items as diverse as biochipped farm animals, implanted heart monitors, and sophisticated automobile systems are becoming part of the Internet of Things.

With IPv6’s huge increase in address space, there is essentially no longer a size limit on the growing IoT. And the IoT is just part of the disruptive phenomenon that is cloud computing. We are living in interesting times where consumerization, social networking, mobile devices, and on-demand access to information has reshaped the delivery of mission-critical IT services for both organizations and end users.

The Origin of Cloud Computing

When the average person thinks of cloud computing, they tend to think of products, ideas, and situations unique to the 21st century. However, you could actually claim that the origin of cloud computing lies in mainframe computing back in the 1950s. At the time, computer systems were prohibitively expensive and impractical for individual use, so employees would access a mainframe computer via “dumb” terminals whose only function was to provide access to the mainframe.

Fast forward 60 years, and the prevalence of wireless communication access has created an environment that encourages us once again to centralize our data, software, and computing ability. The key difference is that today our goal is often to facilitate access and collaboration at any time, from anywhere. Implementation of these new systems, however, can be incredibly disruptive for any business, and there are specific challenges that accompany its implementation as well.

The Challenges of Cloud Computing

According to Gartner, cloud computing forces you to wrestle with three key strategic, operational, and people challenges:

  • Governance: Your company’s move to cloud-based systems requires a clear vision and effective organizational structure, processes, and skills in order to be successful.
  • Cloud Computing Environments: First, you must determine if your organization would benefit from a private, public, or hybrid cloud system. Second, it is critical to determine the right mix of platform, infrastructure, and application environments for your organization.
  • Security & Privacy: Your entire organization needs to be on board about your move to the cloud, and your security team has to be involved from the beginning in order for you to have a successful and secure transition. At the very least, you’ll need answers to these questions: How will your data be protected in the cloud? What security controls need to be incorporated into your system? Who has access to what information, and how do you limit it?

 

As your organization transitions to a cloud environment, you need an IT solution that allows you to monitor and manage it in all its complexity. You need easy scalability, sophisticated security features, and robust performance. At Column Technologies, our Cloud Computing Solutions help organizations like yours to build, manage, and run a better cloud.

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