For many organisations, the use of cloud computing has got to the point where it is becoming a very attractive deployment option. There are a number of reasons for this including:
- Faster time to value
- Lower entry and maintenance costs via subscription based services to immediately start using a service, reduced operations cost and less software license cost
- Sustainability resulting from better hardware utilization and so lower energy costs
- Centralised and reduced system administration
- Flexible and scalable processing power on-demand
- Rapid configuration deployment and extension
- Reduced risk
- Faster change management and release management
We are also at the point where the cloud computing market has reached a level of maturity where confidence is growing. This is reflected in predictions by one analyst firm that cloud spending, including cloud services and the technology to enable these services, will surge by 25% in 2014, reaching over $100 Billion.
The $100 Billion figure includes software, services and cloud infrastructure. It is also expected that there will be a dramatic increase in the number of datacenters as cloud players race to achieve global scale
One of the biggest attractions over the last few years has not just been infrastructure as a service but the emergence of popular customisable software-as-a-service (SaaS) transaction processing applications such as Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics, Workday, NetSuite and Eloqua.
In addition, Business Intelligence SaaS providers such as Birst, GoodData, Indicee, and PivotLink have all seen gradual growth with many mainstream BI vendors also now entering the market to boost.
All of this growth means that migration to the cloud from on-premises systems is starting to gather pace with demand to connect to more and more cloud based systems to migrate and acquire data on the increase.
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