Lonely as a Cloud

Lonely as a Cloud?

I wandered lonely as a cloud,

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host of golden daffodils.

So penned William Wordsworth, one of our most famous poets, after a pleasant spring walk around Ullswater in the Lake District. However, written as it was in 1804, Wordsworth would have had no idea that in the 21st Century ‘Cloud’ would come to have a completely different parallel meaning. I talk of course about the ‘delivery of computing as a service rather than a product whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a metered service over a network typically the internet’ (Wikipedia)

Like most new technologies, ’Cloud’ has been through its hype period, where much is written about a subject, but there is little practical application of the technology. Moreover, what is written in that hype period creates unrealistic expectations which results later in disillusionment as the technology fails to deliver those expectations.

Fortunately ‘Cloud’ is now through that period to a position where the expectations and reality have come into line. In the reality period we can see that ‘Cloud’ does not provide the solution for every IT project, but it can be enormously beneficial in many situations. Initially cloud computing was just like Wordsworth’s cloud, in that it was quite lonely as there was little practical uptake.

However, that is no longer the case, and our computing ‘Cloud’ is now not at all lonely, there is an accelerating uptake. In order to determine where ‘Cloud’ can bring significant benefits we need to separate the myths that abounded in the hype period from the facts.

Here are the main benefits often associated with ‘Cloud’ computing:

• Reduced cost

• Only pay for what you use

• Reduced Infrastructure

• Time to implement

• Scalability

• Available anywhere

It is generally a myth that cloud computing solutions will be lower cost, if we are taking a long-term view. Many of our customers with on-premise solutions have been running them for 15 years, and in that scenario on-premise is almost certainly going to be a lower cost. What will be cheaper are the initial costs, as there will be no upfront capital expenditure, so for a new, start up or rapidly growing business, where short term costs are more important than long terms costs Cloud will be very attractive. That you only pay for what you use will undoubtedly be true.  The ability to vary the computing power to be applied to any application at short notice is one of the significant benefits that Cloud computing offers. Data storage can be easily expanded, as can processing power. For businesses that are growing fast, or have significant seasonal variations the concept of paying for your computing power as you use it can be very attractive.

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 Lonely as a cloud - Howard Turvey

For further information on Proteus Cloud WMS please call Linda Rodway on +44 (0) 121 717 7474 or email me moreinfo@proteussoftware.com

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