Why Every Organization is on Cloud 9

For the past 10 or so years, more and more companies are transitioning to a cloud service for their organizations. With the Covid19 Pandemic this year, the demand for the cloud grew to even higher levels as the shift in need for more remote work and video conferencing required capabilities that the cloud is able to provide. Organizations ranging from enterprise companies to government agencies are realizing the cloud as a fundamental and necessary digital transformation addition to their bottom lines. As work was forced to go remote due to stay-at-home orders tasks were largely done on cloud infrastructure. Popular collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom Conference have only become more utilized during the pandemic and are a part of the broader cloud ecosystem. Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, stated recently that “We have seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months,” because of the pandemic.

What is the Cloud?

You may have heard “it’s in the cloud,” but what does that truly mean. The “cloud” essentially refers to servers that are accessed over the internet. Using the cloud provides the on-demand availability of popular computer system resources like data storage and computing power. The greatest benefit is, a user or company is able to get these resources without direct active management by the themselves. The software and databases that run on those servers are running on the cloud. However the cloud isn't a made up thing, nor is it actually in the air. Cloud servers are located in data centers all over the world. The benefit of using cloud computing is end users like myself and companies don’t have to manage physical servers themselves or run software applications on their own machines. They can rely on companies like Amazon or Microsoft to have a dedicated team that manages these things while still being able to reap the benefits of scalable storage and computing capabilities. The picture shows a Google data Center that is filled with rows of data server racks that are in controlled secured environment.

Major Cloud Providers

There are many cloud providers globally, but the three most well known are Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.

As you can see, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are currently the giants in cloud right now followed by other providers such as IBM, Alibaba, and Oracle. Cloud computing was popularized with Amazon.com when they released their Elastic Compute Cloud, (Virtual Servers), service in 2006. Because they had a head start, they were able to quickly jump on the action and eat up a lot of the market share which other companies like Microsoft are trying to take from them. While there is a battle to gain market share in the cloud industry one thing is clear, there isn't a question of whether or not a company should move to cloud; it’s more of a question of when.

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