Cloud Computing: Fast Facts

Radhika Sivadi

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Cloud Computing: Fast Facts image cloud computing 300x189Cloud Computing: Fast FactsMaking the switch from hardware to the cloud is a decision that requires a lot of thinking. While there are a lot of pros that can be said, there are also some cons which may affect the way a business runs. Before any major changes, a business must look into what they are potentially going to invest in. There are so many services based on the cloud these days, from Google Drive to RingCentral but being well-informed is not a difficult task. Here are a few factoids from Vorsite, Nuage Consulting Group, D Cloud Computing, and Capgemini regarding cloud computing that may help make any decision-maker’s task a little bit easier while learning some trivia in the process.

  • 41% of the head executives and employees claim to be using some kind of cloud in their company.
  • 64% of the companies have reduced waste and has low energy consumption levels after shifting to Cloud Computing.
  • 65% of the US companies shifted to cloud in 2011.
  • 80% of the companies have experienced immense progress just within half year i.e. six months after moving to cloud.
  • A new server is added to the cloud for every 120 tablets or 600 smartphones.
  • According to Larry Ellison of Oracle, “Cloud computing is not only the future of computing, but the present and the entire past of computing.”
  • Adoption of the Cloud is maturing. Companies are allocating more resources towards cloud computing.70% of the 2,000 mid – size companies are actively pursuing cloud based analytics for greater efficiency, upgrades and insights.
  • An estimated 41 percent of the top executives in major companies around the world claim to use the cloud to streamline some portion of their business.
  • Cities are also beginning to warm up to cloud solutions. Los Angeles estimated that a switch from Novell’s GroupWise desktop software to cloud-based apps saved the city nearly $5 million in operating costs.
  • Cloud brought in improvement in at least one area of development in 90% of the companies which chose it.
  • Cloud computing is a rapidly growing solution for mobile devices. In fact, a new cloud server is added for every 600 smartphones or 120 tablets in use.
  • Cloud Computing tops the list as the highest IT priority
  • Cloud solutions are nothing new. In 1961, Stanford professor John McCarthy became one of the first people to envision a time-share, service bureau-computing model.
  • Conservative estimates are that a complete shift to the cloud in Europe alone could create 400,000 new businesses, as well as create 300,000 to one million new jobs within the next five years.
  • Europe will likely be the first region of the world to unleash the true power of the Microsoft cloud, as an estimated 95 percent of all business in Europe are SMBs.
  • Google entered the enterprise cloud marketplace late when they launched Google Apps Premier Edition in early 2007.
  • Microsoft spent 90% of its budget of Microsoft 2011 R&D on cloud computer products and strategies.
  • More than half of the U.S. IT Government employees nod to having worked with the cloud.
  • One of the most rapid expansions to the cloud came in September 2009, when Amazon was able to launch over 50,000 virtual machine instances within 24 hours – all in the same region.
  • SMBs that adopted the cloud for increased mobility saw 40 percent growth in revenues after one year when compared to SMBs that did not use the cloud.
  • The Cloud is so easy that employees are adopting cloud solutions independently.

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Radhika Sivadi