Cloud Computing Reducing Costs, Improving Productivity
Nearly two-thirds of respondents report faster access to technology with the cloud.Organizations with more than 500 employees are seeing tangible benefits from cloud computing, with 85 percent saying the cloud has lived up to industry hype and 23 percent declaring that cloud has exceeded their expectations, according to a global study of 1,000 senior IT decision-makers by Tata Communications. Tata reported that 83 percent of enterprises are seeing benefits they did not expect. The most popular of these are increased productivity (69 percent), better access to data (65 percent), and reductions in costs (63 percent). The findings also indicate that by 2024, off-premises storage will have overtaken on-premises alternatives. Enterprises are forecast to have 58 percent of their compute and data storage in the cloud in 10 years, compared with 28 percent currently. "Some of the major challenges a business faces are getting their network to support a cloud platform. Whether that is a private cloud or public, either requires the network to be the “glue” that holds the cloud together," John Hayduk, chief technology officer of Tata Communications, told eWEEK. "So getting the network to have the necessary performance and uptime is critical to making the cloud platform work."
Hayduk noted another challenge is the location of data. Given that businesses can pick cloud platforms or application service providers from anywhere, knowing where a company’s data is stored, protected, and who has access to it requires special planning and attention.