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Exploring Cloud: Laying the Framework

At Third Octet, we are privileged to see firsthand the strategic and tactical challenges and opportunities faced across many types of businesses today.  Acting as a trusted advisor and partner, our goals are to align the proper solution, matching up the demands of business to the capabilities of technology.  Today, the capabilities of cloud computing, specifically public cloud and “as-a-service” offerings, have made the process all that much easier.

In this series, we will explore the models of cloud computing, including the benefits and challenges of each approach, as well as consideration towards a blended or hybrid approach to achieving maximum efficiency and agility in service delivery.  Further, highlighting some quick cloud capabilities to get your feet wet without breaking the bank – or the infrastructure.  And, of course, real world examples of how cloud computing unlocked digital transformation close to home with some light reading to help justify your efforts towards cloud adoption.

But first, the 101 on cloud…

Pause for a moment, head over to Google, and search for “Cloud computing”.

What do you see – about 127,000,000 results, give or take?  To us, we see relevance (and a whole lot of information), but where did all this “cloud” hype start?  For that, we need to rewind back to 1996, when I was just finishing up high school and my last forays into Turing computer programming (!), to see the birth of “cloud computing.”

MIT Technology Review’s article “Who Coined ‘Cloud Computing’?” by Antonio Regalado from October 2011 traces the genesis of “cloud computing” (in term only) to 1996 and the offices of Compaq Computer.  However, the framework for the world of cloud computing, or the path of evolution, akin to Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species but in the “preservation of favored” computing models “in the struggle for” longevity, was set long before with the creation of ARPANET in the 1960’s.

Fundamentally, the requirements of computing have been to “connect people and data from anywhere at any time” and the evolution of computing has been focused on making that process all the simpler.  Technologies that fail to align with such an approach of connectivity and simplification fall the way of the Dodo (yes, fearlessness can cause your extinction).

Today, and in the interests of longevity, businesses are looking to make investments in technology that will stand the tests of time, surviving future phases of technology and computing evolution.  In addition, businesses are realizing that technology investments can do more than just keep the lights on, but also provide significant competitive advantage in ever changing markets and expedite services to today’s demanding workforce and consumers.

How do businesses meet those demands and remain competitive?  By being technologically nimble.

How does one become technologically nimble?  Think hybrid… our topic for next week.

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