Billowing Cloud Structures On The Horizon
Companies and departments are always on the lookout for means and methods to cuts costs. Keep overhead at a minimum. Curtail spending. As budgets continue to decrease, expenditures must be effective and bring forth a high rate of return. With everyone going in the direction of ‘green’, one area of cost savings arrived with the genesis of virtualization computing. Cloud systems deliver benefits of higher performance and lower power consumption along with the advantage of less hardware utilization. Especially when a third party vendor provides the cloud service.
This mode of thinking can evolve into two directions. One, small to medium IT departments can begin or continue to move in the direction of cloud computing, converting their server intensive, power gobbling data centers into smaller, leaner, meaner virtualized infrastructures, taking advantage of newer virtualized technologies and cloud service providers. Two, and this could be the direction of the future, the demise of on-site infrastructures. Outside data centers grow exponentially and consolidate into large scale regional data centers. With racks and racks of massive storage and large scale servers coupled with high speed networking dedicated to providing cloud and related services to companies, the current IT approach of operation and overhead shifts towards a decrease of assets, bringing new growth and added efficiency delivered over the Internet.
Another side of the new movement towards virtualization and change is borne from the way users and employees access data. Home systems, laptops, notebooks, tablets, the newest smartphones. If it’s the latest and greatest technology toy to hit the market, users will find a way to use it to interface work and play. More and more employees are using their own personal systems at work or to complete their duties. This movement has been recognized by employees as a cost cutting method to save on hardware and software upgrades of old existing equipment, especially where budgets will not allow growth. Employees telecommute more than before, either working from home or on business trips. And employees are more familiar with their own updated systems that have the capabilities to perform on a higher level. Some companies even offer a monthly reimbursement for personal hardware used for constant work related duties. Once more cloud virtualization becomes the connecting piece that ties everyone to the data, without discriminating against how it was performed or the equipment utilized.
Meld all of this information together, and it spells the emergence of a change across the IT landscape. As the interface of information, savvy users, advancing technology, smaller budgets and cloud virtualization come together, a new distribution environment of utility computing will open up for those ready to accept it and run with it.
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