Joe McKendrick writes great in-depth articles on various cloud topics for Forbes.com. Recently, he posted 10 Things We’ve Learned About Cloud Computing, So Far.
The article is a good introduction for anyone who’s interested in the current state of cloud for business, but we decided to add a Flip IT Cloud commentary on his points as we have solved a lot of issues that our competitors are still struggling with. Here’s a rundown:
1) It works. A decade on, with organizations of all sizes, from the Forbes 500 to mom-and-pop shops adopting cloud for mission-critical functions, it can be said that the cloud computing model is working well.
We completely agree – Cloud adoption is on the rise and as we increasingly remove technology and usability obstacles, moving IT for businesses to the cloud becomes an obvious choice.
2) It simply moves computing to another location, period.
Exactly. We come across a lot of confusion and misconceptions when introducing clients to moving their IT to the cloud. It comes down to having your infrastructure in a much safer location, managed by high-level professionals – with a lower maintenance bill than in-house solutions. It’s really a case of having your cake and eating it too.
3) It’s relatively safe and secure.
Despite some highly publicized security issues with the public cloud, we have seen when analyzing our customers existing IT solutions that cloud is much more secure than in-house solutions. In our opinion, before any other advantages, data security is the number one reason businesses should adopt the cloud. In the long run, it makes a lot of sense to avoid disasters – and in a complex IT environment of today, having a secured location and professionals taking care of your data trumps any in-house solution.
4) We’re still figuring out the rules of data ownership.
With public cloud SaaS, this can be an issue. With Flip IT Cloud, even when deployed on a public cloud infrastructure, you are always in control of your software and data. For the most demanding environments, you can set up your own private cloud with Flip IT. This makes it possible to grow your business and start on public cloud infrastructure, then move to the private cloud when you need it.
5) The termination aspects are still messy and murky.
Without Flip IT, you need to manage a lot of different vendors to get a complete IT solution working. Should you need to change a specific vendor, you would need to invest in a difficult migration and reintegration process. With Flip IT, you only have one vendor for everything and we make sure all the underlying technologies keep working together.
6) It renews the vendors lock-in issues that were supposedly resolved ten years ago.
Similarly to the previous point, managing multiple vendors can create a lot of separate problems. If you were managing vendors yourself and needed to change one (could be due to security, privacy, technology changes), you would have to deal with lock-in issues. With Flip IT Cloud, we handle this for you automatically – you simply enjoy a fully functional ITaaS.
7) It requires just as much IT expertise as on-premises systems.
Here is where Flip IT Cloud really starts to shine. Anyone that has dealt with cloud provisioning and making multiple vendors work together will tell you that it’s a very difficult and sophisticated process. While separate vendors are marketed as easy-to-use (and most indeed are), that only goes for their piece of the puzzle. Combining them into a working ITaaS solution is an order of magnitude more difficult. With Flip IT, you get a user-friendly frontend interface to manage your whole IT without any backend integration issues.
8) It’s not necessarily cheaper than on-premises systems. Going to a cloud doesn’t mean you don’t have to do programming, integration work, or systems configuration.
With multiple vendors, it’s very hard to predictably estimate costs. Separate licenses give you one number, but integration can be a black hole of expenses – exactly the thing that makes us move from traditionally unpredictable on-premises IT. Flip IT Cloud gives you one number for your whole IT – giving you a cheaper and more reliable way to predict your expenses.
9) It hasn’t taken away IT jobs. If anything, it has created new opportunities.
Our position has always been that IT professionals are too important for the company to spend their time doing boring, repetitive IT maintenance work. To thrive in a modern business environment, companies need to continually innovate. With Flip IT Cloud, there is no more wasted time for infrastructure maintenance – your IT department can finally focus on building new solutions. These are then easy to integrate into your workflow since we support any custom application – if you can install it on your personal computer, you can run it on the cloud!
10) It has elevated the role of IT in organizations. Many IT leaders now have a seat at the table.
Like we said in the previous point – your companies most underused asset is your IT team. Free them from the drudgery of infrastructure maintenance and start collaborating with them in strategic business decisions. It’s a win-win situation.