Generally speaking, cloud computing is a concept that's been steadily gaining popularity for many years now. From the very beginning, when companies like Google and Dropbox began offering online storage services to their customers, business IT leaders could see the benefits. The cloud offered easier storage, greater flexibility and the chance at running a more efficient business.
"The advantages of cloud computing far outweigh the potential drawbacks."
There were also drawbacks, though. First and foremost, people wondered aloud – can we really trust this new technology? While the cloud appeared to offer a great deal of convenience, there was also uncertainty about it. When companies put their data in the cloud, would it be safe? Would it always be accessible? Could they keep their workflows seamless and their budgets under control?
These questions have persisted, to some extent, but IT leaders are coming to the realization these days that the advantages of cloud computing far outweigh the potential drawbacks. The following are three noteworthy trends that have led corporate leaders to trust the cloud more and more:
A reduction in business complexity
In recent years, one reason for reluctance about the benefits of the cloud relates to complexity. People have worried that incorporating the cloud will make their business processes more confusing, dragging down their daily workflows.
According to IT World Canada, however, cloud providers have actually made significant progress on reducing planning and deployment complexity with their solutions. Cloud computing industry expert Dave LeClair noted that the rise of "integrated" cloud solutions, which easily incorporate with your operations, has been key here.
"Integrated means you can move copies of your backup to an offsite location like the cloud, easily see that they got there and ran on schedule, and then start testing, all with a few clicks," LeClair said.
Now that the process is simpler, IT leaders are lining up to use it.
Greater sovereignty over important data
When it comes to adopting cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service solutions, a lot of IT executives have been hesitant because of concerns about data sovereignty. When you hand your files over to cloud IaaS providers, where do they go? Do you still have control over them?
LeClair told IT World that this can be a headache for CIOs, especially because government agencies have begun to meddle in corporate data storage for cybersecurity reasons.
"It's a complex and emerging space," LeClair said. "It doesn't have to be housed in the U.S, just accessible from the U.S., for them to obtain it. Read the fine print and select a vendor who'll tell you where your data may go."
This is the downside. The positive angle, however, is that cloud providers are working tirelessly to make sure their clients still have autonomy to manage their own files.
A better road map to disaster recovery
One of the key reasons that companies adopt the cloud is to improve their disaster recovery planning. They want to sleep easy knowing that no matter what kind of adversity comes their way, their data and their ways of doing business will remain safe.
Fortunately, the cloud is improving in this area as well. Whenever disaster strikes, simplicity and control are two of your company's most cherished values. As the cloud shores up its weaknesses in both areas, it will only become more accepted in the coming years.