Move to the Cloud, Business is Better up Here

Just before the turn of the 20th century, the world was in flux and the use of electricity was kicking the industrial revolution into high gear with new levels of mass production and scale. It’s a foreign concept to us now, but at the time, there was no electrical grid. Many manufacturing businesses had their own power generation facilities with trained maintenance staff and all the appropriate spare parts on hand. Today, we expect electricity generation and power needs to be taken care of by the utility company. We simply plug into the wall.

History does indeed tend to repeat itself and we are currently witnessing a similar evolution in how companies are transitioning from in-house IT systems to cloud-based services.

It is important for company leaders to understand what the cloud really is and what the advantages and disadvantages of migrating to cloud-based solutions can be.

People refer to the cloud as if it is a destination. “Go to the cloud.” Strictly speaking, the cloud is system of data centers that are cost-efficient, automated, managed and secure.

What many may not know is the cloud is actually not new. Data and applications being housed offsite and accessed remotely has been happening since before man walked on the moon. Before it was called the cloud, it was client-server and distributed computing over wide area networks. Data has been aggregated, optimized and housed in central locations for a long time. Cloud computing as we know it today is the maturation and expansion of concepts that have been used in computing for decades.

Cloud-based technology has evolved by leaps and bounds in recent years. Security is better than ever before and processes have been improved, as has abstraction of hardware through virtualization techniques.