Cloud Computing: Some Facts
There are still many people that have a fear of cloud computing, and an article on Wired.com today shared some interesting facts about it. We here at Telax have been fine tuning our Call Center Agent software to run through a web browser, but we also store massive amounts of call recordings and call statistics so that our customers can have quick and easy access to important information without needing their own local storage. Basically, we're fans of the cloud. I’d like to share some of the facts Wired.com revealed.
AMD reported that 70% of business are either currently using a cloud computing solution, or they’re investigating one, meaning that they’re at least interested in the cloud if not future advocates of it.
In 2011, Microsoft spent 90% of their research and development budget on cloud computing strategy and products. Microsoft may not be perfect, but they’re not going to waste 90% of their R&D budget on something that’s not going to last or be secure.
When the US government said they were investing in cloud computing, they meant it. U.S. federal agencies adopted a ‘cloud-first’ policy and since then 48% of U.S. government agencies moved a workflow to the cloud. Microsoft and the U.S. government are big, big players and if they’re investing in cloud computing, I think companies of any size are wise to do the same.
Providers of cloud services saw a massive jump in personnel from 2007 to 2010. Cloud jobs went from zero to over 550,000. That’s a lot of job creation, and it also means there are quite a few people working on making cloud services secure and reliable.
Remember these aren’t predictions. These things have already happened. And because I don’t want to ignore the arguments against cloud computing, I’ll discuss them next time. Till then...