I blogged earlier this week about just how much the cloud computing debate has moved on.
A year ago everybody was talking about the cloud. But there was not much context to what they were saying. Everybody had a cloud strategy or was devising one.
But this year when I think about the case study type articles I write and the conversations I have with businesses and IT suppliers I can see things have really moved on.
I gave a couple of examples in the blog post. These were Everything Everywhere setting itself the target of having 40% of its internal systems in the cloud within three years and International Personal Finance, which has embarked on a 12-month project to move its IT infrastructure into a private cloud which will cut costs by millions of pounds and make its planned expansion easier.
These case studies are coming thick and fast. And they are about companies in all sectors.
Yesterday I wrote two interesting case studies about businesses harnessing the cloud. There was energy firm Haven Power utilising the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust moving its data into a private cloud.
Case studies demonstrate the power of the cloud as well as its diverse role. They are really interesting because businesses are finding how the cloud offers so much more than the reason they decide to move to it in the first place. For example Haven Power wanted a disaster recovery option, but ended up with an extra IT infrastructure for development and testing as well.
They are a great way to help businesses understand what the cloud can do for them, rather than just talking a supplier's word for it. It also helps them see how other companies are actually doing cloud migrations.
And there are lots more.
This year looks set to be a major landmark for cloud computing as it moves from a "must have" to a "have and must get more out of it."
The government's Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) for IT, which puts cloud computing at the heart of its £1.4bn cost saving programme for IT, says round 50% of all new IT spend will be made through cloud computing by 2015
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