Cloud is not a passing trend; recent investments into cloud research centers and infrastructure have demonstrated that industries from higher education to governments are taking a serious look at cloud based technology and embracing it as an enabler of networking of the future.
Here are just a few examples of how cloud technology is being used today:
German service provider builds a secure, multitenant cloud for churches and public sector organizations to deliver business applications to millions of end users; enabling customers to dynamically scale resources on demand and accelerated time to market for new services.
Seattle University deploys unified computing and virtual desktop by converting 20 campus computer labs and over 1500 desktop computers into virtual desktops and as a result decreased operating expenses, prolonged desktop lifecycle, and synced all labs on a uniform software program to ensure faster response times to students, teachers and faculty to help meet educational and administrative needs.
Georgetown University law center extends traditional classrooms to remote students and provides educational and business continuity in the event of disaster.
Cloud computing is complex. Part of the complexity is understanding the long-term success of cloud and dealing with the specific challenges and requirements around the different types of cloud models for your organization’s needs. To get beyond the complexities, cloud service providers and enablers must engage with customers to determine where cloud fits into their business priority list. A cloud migration strategy must consist of an execution plan based on the right cloud journey for the type of organization, their maturity and success goals.
If we can think beyond the trends, and look at the practical applications, what are some other ways that cloud computing can change the way we live, work, play and learn?