We reached a major milestone in 2020: Cloud revenues eventually exceeded corporate spending on data centers, According to Synergy Research Group. One of the longest-running trends in information technology – the transition to cloud service – has been turbocharged in part because of a pandemic that forced companies to avoid logistics challenges and capital expenditures by investing in advance.

But the endless capacity to increase horsepower without your own infrastructure is not the biggest attraction. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud have become launch pads for the latest technology innovations that developers can move to build new innovative applications. Machine learning libraries? Globally distributed databases? IoT platforms with all the bells and whistles? The big three clouds have everything ready, waiting, and API available. Suffice it to make you wonder why you would bother building and maintaining your own data center.

That’s what the pleasure boating company Brunswick wondered. In “Cloud or bust: IT managers use cloud servicesCIO Assistant Mary Pratt reveals it took Brunswick a decade to get there, but the company’s IT property is now 90% in the cloud with a combination IaaS, SaaSand PaaS offers that have made it possible to decommission two data centers. According to Pratt, Bain & Company, DeVry University and the University of California, San Diego, are all at similar stages on their cloud journeys. As UC San Diego CIO Vince Kellen says, “the cloud is a necessary and potential transition that almost every organization is going to make.”

The pace of transition has clearly been high during the pandemic. In “From legacy to clouds: The three stages of modernizing companies“UK group journalist Scott Carey cites Red Hat CEO Paul Cormier’s assessment that the pandemic has accelerated the roll-out of cloud services to its customers by five years. Last year’s big move to work from home The stage involves adoption native cloud model and moving old applications to the cloud.

Switching to a cloud scale is never easy. The migration of cloud services means that applications need to be modernized, cloud costs need to be monitored and optimized, and the acquisition of cloud expertise requires in-house training and / or the hiring of expensive capabilities. For companies using multiple clouds, security is a particularly knotty area because each of the three large clouds has a different security feature, increasing the risk of configuration errors. CSO assistant Neal Weinberg digs for details “AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Azure: how to compare their security features

Even something seemingly as simple as migrating from a local Exchange server to a Microsoft-hosted service has its challenges. Assistant Jonathan Hassell provides a step-by-step guide that is born from experienceSwitching to a Hosted Exchange: Do It and Don’t“It’s a must read for anyone who faces this laborious task.

However, the real potential of cloud computing lies in shiny new things. In her second article, dedicated to Network World, Neal Weinberg looks at IoT platforms offered by different clouds vs. solutions to build the situation into. “IoT cloud services: How they stack up against doing things themselves“A big plus for the cloud right from the bat: IoT often requires huge amounts of data to be retrieved, which the cloud can dynamically adapt. In particular, AWS, IBM, and Microsoft have IoT cloud offerings with features that would be difficult to implement piece by piece Prem.

These types of versatile ready-made services highlight the potential of the cloud to provide platforms for building the future. No, the cloud will never completely replace the server center. But since last year, the upgrade is stronger than ever, as unlimited scalability and endless selections of new services make the cloud increasingly irresistible.

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