IDC notes cloud infrastructure continuing to grow | ALC Training News

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Little else in IT has had same impact as cloud computing over the past few years, as the trend has taken off in a variety of sectors.

It's continued to proliferate, making data management easier and more secure, improving communications in both the business and consumer sectors and allowing mobility to truly expand.

Growth is still underway, however and International Data Corporation (IDC) has noted that cloud IT infrastructure is accounting for a large piece of total infrastructure spending.

Here, we'll take a look at this growth, how businesses can deploy the cloud and most effective way to handle such implementations.

IDC outlines infrastructure growth

New data released for the third quarter of this year notes that cloud deployments accounted for nearly a third of combined worldwide server, ethernet switch and disk storage infrastructure spending. This is essentially a significant quantity of IT spending.

What's more, IDC noted that revenue for total cloud infrastructure continued to grow, reaching US $6.5 billion. 

"Public and private clouds represent the 'compute factories' and 'digital content depots' of the Third Platform era," explained Richard Villars, vice president of datacentre and cloud research at IDC.

"Whether internally owned or 'rented' from a service provider, cloud environments are strategic assets that organisations of all types must rely upon to quickly introduce new services of unprecedented scale, speed, and scope. Their effective use will garner first-mover advantage to any organisation in a hyper-competitive market."

There's no denying that this strong growth will continue into next year, with an ever-increasing number of businesses seeking to take advantage of the benefits of the cloud.

But what exactly is available to companies moving into this next generation of computing?

How can businesses deploy the cloud?

With the cloud being such a broad term, businesses may get lost when it comes to implementation. A good place to start is by understanding exactly what the technology offers and where it can be utilised.

Here are two areas where cloud technology offers significant value:

  • Data storage: This is likely one of the more common reasons to take on cloud technology, but this doesn't dilute its effectiveness. Cloud-based data storage means it's easier to access information from a variety of devices.
  • Communications: Cloud-based voice technologies can drive down costs for businesses by removing the need for expensive phone hardware. Companies can replace the dedicated phone systems with software that's hosted by a cloud provider. Staff then use headsets to talk through the application.

These are just two of the areas where the cloud can be utilised and it's easy to see just how capable the technologies are. Of course, correct adoption needs to be a top priority.

Implementing cloud technologies

As with any new technology endeavour, it's critical for businesses to correctly handle cloud implementations. While it may be tempting to jump the gun and hastily take on the new technologies, this could lead to delays due to adoption problems or even wasted time if the endeavour fails to deliver.

Firstly, it's necessary to outline the key objectives of a cloud deployment – basically what the business wants to achieve out of a particular implementation. It's necessary not to underestimate the importance of this step, as taking the time here will certainly lead to a more valuable cloud implementation.

Secondly, businesses need to consider a capable framework, one designed specifically to handle IT implementations. The ITIL method is one of the best options, as it can help companies use IT to realise transformation and growth.

Getting started with such a framework is simple, especially when the courses are performed by an experienced provider like ALC Training. 

Contact us today if you're interested in finding out more about ITIL and how exactly it can be used to effectively change an organisation. We're able to deliver courses throughout Australia to all key cities.

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