Is your company afraid of the public cloud? Well, industry insiders are saying the public cloud is the future. Various companies have already bought into the idea of the public cloud including, SunGard Financial Systems, PricewaterhouseCoopers, HTC, JDA Software, and Netflix. Earlier this year, Urs Hölzle, Google Technical Fellow, predicted the Google Cloud platform could surpass its advertising business in five years. That says a lot because last year Google generated $65 billion in advertising revenue. Hölzle may not be too far off with his growth forecast. In only a year, Amazon Web Services increased revenue by 80 percent, pulling in more than $7 billion. Amazon’s growth proves how quickly the industry is transitioning. If you are still unsure, here are four reasons why your company may want to move to the public cloud:
In Gartner’s Insights From the 2016 Gartner CIO Agenda Report, IT professionals expressed that their biggest struggle is finding talent. Utilizing the public cloud can help with the talent gap issue. Public cloud providers have some of the most talented workers in the industry working for you. Google, for instance, has 600 security engineers working directly on matters of their cloud.
Public cloud services are set-up in a way to secure your data from outages. Providers have countless locations worldwide. So even if one location may have an outage a back-up is readily available. This framework ensures your data is never offline.
The public cloud offers you better connectivity than a private cloud or on-site data center. Since the public cloud is available online you have remote access to your data everywhere. This also means your information can be accessed through any device. For example, you have the ability to use a smartphone or tablet to review your IT infrastructure .
In a private data center, you may be paying for unused physical space. Microsoft and other public cloud providers are allowing customers to pay-as-you-go with no contract obligations. This business model allows you to add-on services as needed.
Overall, the public cloud has many benefits and can help your organization save money and time. If you’re not ready to take the full plunge, you can deep your toe in the water and implement a hybrid model. The flexibility of the public cloud allows for easy integration with your on-site data center.