Ending the Drought
MSP technology has come a long way in the last 20 years, and with the case of computational development, changes still tend to have that exponential quality epitomized in Moore’s Law. The Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing are expanding with increasing rapidity. While there are still some holdouts that haven’t made the complete switch, the majority of businesses are on the cloud in some way. While only a small percentage is entirely on the cloud, the vast majority of operations today have some hybrid solution in place. They use the cloud for non-integral or non-proprietary solutions, and keep data which requires deft security internally.
The thing is, according to this recent infographic, those who do make the cloud switch have no intentions to bring that which they’ve put on this new technological innovation back to an internal data center. The reason is obvious: the cloud revolution has brought cost-effective, nourishing rain to operations. When a crop has absorbed the rain, there’s no chance it will be yielded back to the sky from whence it came! The crop takes the water and uses it to grow and expand, eventually yielding fruit. Cloud computing is ushering in a substantial crop of profitable fruit for many companies large and small. Additionally, this drought-ending technology front is making it possible for smaller businesses to compete with much larger ones. The following are several statistics from the infographic linked above:
- 66% of polled companies indicated they used cloud services
- 8% of companies run everything from the cloud
- 49% of companies run apps on the cloud and won’t move them back
When it comes to cloud computing, the primary uses of this technology pertain to:
- Web Services
- HR And CRM Apps
Common apps moved to the cloud include:
- Data Warehousing
- Web Services
- ERP Systems
- HR Apps
Now, the infographic goes on to point out that things like compliance and security are the primary reasons certain businesses refrain from fully capitalizing on this MSP technology.
Conclusions to Be Drawn
This is a trend that all the numbers indicate is expanding, not contracting. Ultimately, cloud computing and related technology represents the kind of paradigm shift best understood through examination of previous technology trends.
The locomotive slowly began to phase out horse-drawn carriages, even as the telegraph began to connect the world. Soon those who could afford it had the ability to install telephones in their homes and to purchase automobiles. As this technology expanded, new mediums became available. Radio developed, then film, then television. Soon, home video became available in conjunction with home phones and personal cars, and at about that time, the Internet was in its infancy. It represented the next huge step in communications technology, and soon combined itself with mobile communications devices which were quickly taking over landline telephones. Now, the Internet has become integral to practically all phone communication solutions through what’s known as the smartphone. It is the applications smartphones run which primarily characterize cloud computing utility today, and like all these previous technology advances, soon this technology will be so important that those who aren’t fully integrated will represent a minority.
What this means is that to remain competitive, companies need to look into the cloud. The time is still ripe, but very soon, the tech will be so ingrained into society that elasticity in application and utility will diminish. But there are additionally savings which can be acquired now which weren’t possible previously.
If you can outsource the majority of your operations to the cloud, then the costs required to maintain a data center fade away like smoke on a breeze— and those are some substantial expenses. A single server costs many thousands of dollars to purchase, transport, install, upgrade, maintain, and backup. Then it’s obsolete in a few years, and the purchasing dance must be engaged once more. All the while, dedicated employees are required. Meanwhile, MSP technology providing cloud solutions cuts all that cost while delivering more utility to users. Like the telephone, automobile, radio, film, and Internet, cloud computing is a technological and advantageous game-changer reinventing business operations.